Ausglass is offering a range of tours on Thurs 12 Feb. They include: an architectural tour of Adelaide’s most exciting new public building, a rare insight of industrial bottle making at Owen’s Bottle Company, optical fibre manufacture and cutting edge glass technology at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and exciting Gallery and Studio Visits.

Tours can only be booked on the conference registration site.
Tours start at the conference registration desk.


1. South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute - SAHMRI walking tour

SAHMRI, Adelaide

SAHMRI, Adelaide

Thursday 12th February
12 people per tour
Meet at registration desk at 10 am
Tour duration 1 hour 30mins including travel (tour 1hr)
Cost: donation to SAMHRI $10
Tour lead by architect, Anoop Menon from Woods Bagot.

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAMHRI), was completed in 2014. Designed by Woods Bagot this landmark Adelaide building has become an exciting feature of the city’s landscape. Sculptural in form, it has a dynamic, transparent façade inspired by a pine-cone and is an inspired contemporary use of glass and light.


We will meet at the Ausglass registration desk and take a short walk up North Terrace to the SAMHRI building. A tour of this building will include views of SAHMRI’s state of the art laboratories, open plan floors, atrium café, plaza area and spiral staircase. We will also hear from one of the Institutes leading researchers.

For more information about SAMHRI go to or


2. IPAS walking tour

                                Image: Jennie Groom

                               Image: Jennie Groom

Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
10 people per tour
Thursday 12th February
Meet at registration desk
Tour 1: 9.30am
Tour 2: 11:30 am (SOLD OUT)
Tour duration 2 hrs including travel (tour 1hr)

The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) fosters excellence in research in materials science, chemistry, biology and physics and develops disruptive new tools for measurement. IPAS has been created to bring together experimental physicists, chemists, material scientists, biologists, experimentally driven theoretical scientists and medical researchers to create new sensing and measurement technologies.  A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who’s expertise include Optical Materials and Structures will be presenting at our conference, but also has generously agreed to provide 2 tours of the institute for Ausglass delegates.

Technologies being developed at IPAS include:

1          novel glasses and optical fibres
2          optical fibre-based sensors
3          fibre, solid-state, planar waveguide and super continuum lasers
4          precision timing signals
5          laser radar for water vapour, methane and wind
6          radiation detection 

What may be of particular interest to Ausglass delegates will be the optical fibre manufacturing facilities at IPAS. IPAS has produced fibres with unique and novel properties. With expertise spanning the full spectrum of glass materials from silica to soft glasses, has enabled the internationally leading team in glass extrusion at IPAS to build upon their achievements to date which includes the production of glass fibres with the broadest range of structures, unmatched anywhere else in the world.
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3. Marion Bus Tour:

23 people per tour
Thursday 12th of February
Meet at registration desk 9:45am
Tour time 10am - 2pm
Cost: $55 (boxed lunch included)

M/C: Stephen Skillitzi 

1.     10.30 - 10.50    Public Glass-wall Sculptures (S. Skillitzi, T. Beaston etc), Sturt Rd., Marion.
2.     10.55 - 11.30    Gallery M., (various glass artists’ shows), Marion.
3.     11.35- 11.50      Historic Patritti Winery, (tasting tour), Dover Gardens.
4.     11.55 - 1.10       Stephen Skillitzi, http:/, (‘kiln-forming and mixed-media’                                 studio and sculpture-garden (Lunch) Brighton.
5.     1.30 -1.50        BMG,  glass show, Marleston.
Return by 2pm.


4. Hills Bus Tour

23 people
Thursday 12th of February
Meet at registration desk at 9:45am
Tour duration: 10 am - 2pm
Cost: $55 (boxed lunch included)

M/C: Tim Shaw

Leave Jam Factory 10am

1. 10:45 - 11:15   Tim Shaw,
2. 11:30 - 12:00   Wendy Fairclough and Anna Medlin,
3. 12:15 - 12:45   The Barn, Amy Sierp-Worth,
4. 1:00 - 1:30  Gerry King,,,
Returns Jam Factory 2pm

This tour will head to the hills, Adelaide’s secret jewel in the crown with its stunning stringy bark forests and leafy villages. Here we will visit four studios of some of Australia’s preeminent glass artists. We will have a rare insight into the artists’ environments and get a glimpse of their inspirational surroundings. The tour will take us to Tim Shaw’s Aldgate hot glass studio where he creates his dramatic Cut and Slash series. Then we will head to Wendy Fairclough’s and Anna Medlin’s glass casting and mixed media studio. In Stirling we visit “The Barn” which is Amy Sierp-Worth's studio complex and gallery where several artists share a beautiful and charming building in the grounds of the old Marbury school. Finally we go to Crafers to Gerry King’s fusing studio on the edge of Belair National Park before having you all back at the JamFactory by 2pm.



5. O-I Bottle Factory Bus Tour

12 people per tour
Thursday 12th of February
Meet at registration desk
Tour 1: 9:30
Tour 2: 11:00
Tour duration 2hrs including travel (tour 1hr)
Cost: $45
Clothing: long sleeved shirts, trousers and safety boots

The Owens Bottle Company was established in 1903. Its founder, Michael J. Owens, invented the automatic bottle-making machine, which became the foundation for today's glassmaking industry.
In 1929 Owens Bottle Company merged with Illinois Glass Company to become O-I,  the world's leader in glass packaging.
Watch approximately 700 bottles being made per minute!
Address: O-I Glass Factory, 625 Port Road, West Croydon South Australia.
Essential: Protective Clothing- All those attending must wear long sleeved shirts, long trousers and safety boots or fully covered shoes to take part in the tour. Glasses, vests and eye plugs will be provided.
The tour involves walking up stairs and across a number of varied factory surfaces so is not suitable for participants who require assistance with walking