The Glass Hub Decarbonising Project

by The Glass Hub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

The Glass Hub Decarbonising Project

Total raised £3,545

raised so far



The Glass Hub needs your help to match fund as we embark on a project to reduce our carbon footprint and future-proof our school.

by The Glass Hub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 9th February 2024 we'd raised £2,760 with 39 supporters in 69 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

April Update:

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our decarbonising project so far!

Some of you will have chosen rewards and will be getting an email about this if you haven't already and also, we have selected four lucky winners for our Glassy Prize Draw (see below).

Although we didn’t make the match funding grant that we were offered, the project is still alive and kicking and we are still raising funds to invest in our decarbonising works.  We are currently researching a scaled-down version of our original proposal and hoping to include heat exchange facilities to recycle our hot-shop heat throughout the building - good for us, great for the students and imperative for the environment.

So please keep sharing! 


It has been a long-held aim of ours to reduce the impact of our glassmaking school on the environment by improving equipment and facilities. 

We are reaching out for support as we embark on a project to reduce our carbon footprint and future-proof our school. We have partial funding but not enough and this is where you can help.

1702394044_glassblowing-student-furnace.jpgThe Glass Hub has been welcoming students into glassmaking since 2012. We were the first glass school to use smaller, portable glassblowing furnaces. They do not need to run 24/7 therefore use less gas, are cheaper to run and have a lower environmental impact. We want to do more, yet the huge increase in our energy costs have left us running on a shoestring instead of investing.

We have been given a lifeline by our local council in the form of a grant to improve our energy efficiency.

With it we can upgrade and improve our equipment, facilities, and technologies to reduce our fuel consumption and carbon footprint.  We will combat material wastage and inefficiency, reduce heat loss and re-use waste heat from the furnaces to heat our studios. This much needed investment will lead to better teaching facilities, more educational opportunities, and improvement in learning outcomes. It will help us continue doing what we love – teaching glassmaking and spreading the wonder of this ancient material and skill.


Why do we need your help?

This incredible grant from 'Invest in Wiltshire' is only available to us if we can match the funding. Despite putting everything we had into it we still have a shortfall, so have started this campaign to raise the remaining funds.

We really hope you can support this project and our school by making a donation, any amount, large or small. There are several choices of donation, it can be public or private and we have organised some rewards too. If you would like more information about the project and our plans then please get in touch.

Help us make a difference.

Helga Watkins-Baker, KT Yun & The Glass Hub Team




All donations of £20 or more were entered into our prize draw to win:

  • 1 x One-Day Glassblowing Experience Voucher
  • 1 x Glassblowing Experience (Morning or Afternoon) Vouchers
  • 1 x £100 Glass Hub Gift Voucher
  • 1 x £50 Glass Hub Gift Vouchers

FOUR LUCKY WINNERS have been picked!

Winners will be contacted by email and we will announce the winners on our Crowdfunder project page, on our website and social media. Winners who wish to remain anonymous may do so.

These prizes will be in the form of a voucher that can either be redeemed on our website or gifted to somebody else to use. Our usual terms and conditions of booking using vouchers will apply - view terms here.


This project offered rewards

£500 or more

10% Off Our Courses For Life

As a valued contributor to our school you will receive 10% off of any future courses that you book - for life, with not cut off date! The discount will apply to all class bookings that you make for yourself to attend and will be deducted from the value of your place. Our usual T&Cs for bookings apply and the discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts on the same booking. Only 10 available!

£25 or more

Website Thanks

If you wish, your name will be included on a list of supporters on The Glass Hub website.

£50 or more

Signed Limited Edition Glass Hub Poster

You will recieve a signed limited edition A3 poster

£100 or more

Blow a Bauble

Blow a bauble in our hot shop, make your own exclusive glass sphere, choosing your own colours and design

£250 or more

Make Your Own Bespoke Glass Artwork

Join us for a 1 hour hands-on glassblowing session in the hot shop, or 2 hours lampworking or fusing in our warm glass studio to create your unique glass artwork.

£500 or more

Exclusive Access to The Glass Hub Studio

Exclusive access to our glass studios for an afternoon of glassmaking demonstrations, food and drink with your hosts KT Yun and Helga Watkins-Baker. Why not bring along a partner, friend or family member. A suitable date to be arranged with you and up to two people can attend. Only 5 of these exclusive events available.

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