Fresh fields and pastures new…
The sustainable businesses which previously operated at FIELD have been very busy lately, preparing their new sites, shops and spaces. This weekend is set to be especially busy for the Wood Store and Brighton Bike Hub, who are both holding their opening day launch events this Saturday 17th February! See below for details:
WOOD STORE New Shop Launch Day at Emmaus in Portslade, Brighton – 17/02/18 From 11am, plus lots of new activity and training workshops on offer.
BIKE HUB Opening event 17/02/18 1-4pm at their new site off Lewes Road, Brighton
BRIGHTON REPAIR CAFE are holding their monthly pop-up at the Hanover Centre on Saturday 24th February 10.30am-12.30pm; now a regular slot on the last Saturday of each month.
EXPLORING SENSES have half-term activities at Brighton Science Festival, plus lots of workshops and activity ongoing at their Makerlab pop-up on Brighton sea front
BLOCK BUILDERS  are also part of this year’s Brighton Science Festival
MAKERCLUB are now offering classes and half-term activities at their brand-new Brighton club, recently opened at the Leftfield workspace (which was created by our FIELD residents!).




Brighton Bike Hub are reopening!


All are invited to celebrate the re-opening of the Brighton Bike Hub community cycle workshop at their new premises in St Martin’s Place!

For more details, see the Bike Hub Facebook event page here and info below:

Brighton Bike Hub Opening Event: Saturday 17 February 1pm-4pm

Check out the new workshop facilities and range of affordable second-hand bikes.
Enjoy food, drinks and music with our members, neighbours and other supporters.
Find out:
how we can help you maintain your bike by accessing our tools and advice and support from our volunteer team.
how we bring disused and unloved bikes back to life and back out on the streets
how you can get involved (you don’t need to be a bike expert just be up for helping out)

Brighton Bike Hub is a volunteer-run community cycle workshop supporting D.I.Y. repairs and selling refurbished bikes. We have recently re-located from FIELD at Preston Barracks to 28 St Martin’s Place off Brighton’s Lewes Road.  We have installed an off-grid solar & wind-turbine system which is powering some of our lighting. We plan to develop this further in the months ahead.Everyone is welcome to come and use our tools and facilities to keep their bike on the road.

Donations of bikes are most welcome as are offers to join our volunteer team.
We’re also part of the ‘Lewes Road for Clean Air’ community group working in partnership between the University of Brighton Students Union.
We are open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm.
Location: 28 St Martin’s Place, Lewes Road Brighton BN2 3LE

Meanwhile Use should be Worthwhile: FIELD, Brighton

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We’ve made some videos about FIELD, featuring our amazing resident businesses!

Watch here:

Meanwhile Use should be Worthwhile: FIELD, Brighton
Based at the Preston Barracks regeneration site in Brighton & Hove, FIELD became an exciting hub of industry for 8 hardware startups, plus edible landscaping & sustainable community businesses.

and here:

Preston Barracks, Brighton: Empowering small businesses
We worked with the council and university to create a temporary space for some incredible local creative businesses. Together with a lot of other partners, FIELD enabled 9 businesses to start up, find their feet and grow.

See more videos from U+I on our YouTube channel





News from further aFIELD!

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The lovely sustainable businesses who were part of the FIELD family have all been sharing their news recently on their various new sites, new shops, new venues and spaces! Read more here:

New shop at Emmaus in Portslade for The Wood Store
“We’re making good progress with the shop fit for our new shop within . The stud wall in the entrance room has been removed and we’ve sanded the floor. Opening date will be announced very soon!”
New basement brewery in Brighton for Old Tree Brewery
“We are working away in the basement of this building (YachtWerks) our new home as part of Werks Group trying to get our live drinks brewery finished ASAP!”
New site at St Martin’s Place (off Lewes Road) now open for Brighton Bike Hub
“Brighton Bike Hub is now open Wed to Sat, 11am – 5pm, to help you fix your bike. We’re also working on donated bikes to give them new life and make them available at reasonable prices.”
New pop-up venue for Brighton Repair Cafe
“We have a new venue for our January event… the wonderful Hanover Centre on Southover Street in Hanover.”

Wishing all the best to all!




FIELD residents ‘New start for entrepreneurs in Brighton’ in The Argus

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The FIELD residents are featured in a double-page piece in The Argus’ Business section this week:

“FIELD was created by developer and regeneration specialist U+I in August 2015.

A derelict building at Preston Barracks in Brighton was transformed into a co-working space for a collection of innovative, start-up local businesses while the site awaited planning permission and development.

Each of the businesses offered something very different, from handcrafted leather products to encouraging children to become the next generation of inventors.

But by working together to offer one another advice, support and community, these businesses have been able to grow and develop at a rate that wouldn’t have been possible alone.”

Read the full article here http://www.theargus.co.uk/NEWS/15822313.New_start_for_entrepreneurs_in_Brighton/




We have been holding all sorts of community events at FIELD, and have welcomed over 5,000 people to our events since we opened. Here are some highlights from 2107…

15 April – FIELD2FORK #1: Community Gardening Event
mayor tree plantWe held demonstrations on how to garden and grow food in spaces of any size; plus an Easter egg hunt, games, music, workshops on compost making & seed planting, plant sales, seed swap + lots more. The Mayor even came along and planted a tree!

6 May – FIELD2FORK #2: Community Food Event

The Field Family Fun Day and Bike Hub Ribbon Cutting at the Preston Barracks site in Lewes Road Brighton Photograph taken by Simon Dack (For further details contact Paula Seager at Natural PR)With lots of ideas and activities on grow-your-own food, and a chance to sample the wares of local food suppliers and streetfood vendors. 

6-28 May – Artists Open House at FIELD

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FIELD House became an art gallery, with local artists’ work on display, plus pop-up art workshop events around creative upcycling.  

17 June – FIELD Summer Fete & Community Picnic with the GreatGetTogetherGGT INVITE
 We invited the local community to have a picnic with us, with a BBQ and Old Tree’s ales & ciders – all made here at FIELD!  

23 August – Community Lunch event

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We invited the local children’s charity Chomp for a FIELD day out, with a complimentary lunch and activities for the families they support during the summer holidays. Everyone had a great time sampling delicious food in the FIELD café, and then outdoor games and bike fun with Bike Hub!



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The last 18 months have been an eventful time for the FIELD resident start-ups, as their businesses really began to take off! Here are some of their highlights from the first half of 2017:

January – announce new initiative: 10 for 10 BrightSparks 
February – secured investment totalling £350k, to open 50 more children’s clubs over 2017-2018

March –
reached a milestone: made, sold and shipped 1,000 cameras since starting manufacture in early 2015.
May –
Kickstarter £18k goal was fully funded within 12 minutes of going live on 25th May – so they could begin making the next generation of Intrepid Cameras, the 8×10.
July – Kickstarter closed at £220,722 – more than twelve times their original goal!

May – 
new prototype (a small, affordable electric motorbike) now at test-drive stage – more here

June – “signs the 2 largest online parking marketplaces to be part of a parking revolution, as airbnb was to hotels”. ‘Just Park’ and ‘Your Parking Space’ as featured in Breakthrough Magazine; p44 here

Watch this space for more highlights …



Our FIELD partners have also been busy relocating, and here’s an update on their news:

The Wood Store have relocated their shop right next door to the LeftField group! They have cleverly expanded the use of their existing carpentry workshop, based in the New England Quarter of Brighton, to include a retail space – which will also host special workshops and demonstrations to show the amazing potential for upcycling ‘waste’ wood into useful and beautiful items for home and garden.

Old Tree have moved to new temporary premises at YachtWerks in Brighton to enable them to continue brewing whilst they develop a new charitable trust fund, which they hope will lead further to realising their vision of land regeneration and earth repair.

Bike Hub have moved to a new yard off St Martin’s Place – just along Lewes Road from FIELD – grand opening soon to be announced!



FIELD was set up in 2015 as a pilot project; to inform a clear vision of what Brighton & Hove’s diverse entrepreneurial community needs from a potential permanent facility (which will be part of the redevelopment of Preston Barracks).

Two very interesting and successful years later, we can see that the FIELD experiment has certainly proved our theory correct: that creative entrepreneurial innovators and inventors will thrive in a diverse workspace environment which encourages the free exchange of ideas.

Our group of start-up business residents at FIELD have had an amazing experience here; all meeting or exceeding their goals and expectations, and building a strong working community of friendship and co-operation.

We are delighted that the FIELD group have enjoyed their time here so much that they wish to keep on working together as a group, and have moved into new shared premises in Brighton as a group – which they have (fittingly) called LeftField!

We look forward to the next chapter of their story… watch this space!


FIELD group shot at Preston Barracks, Brighton ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***

After 18 action-packed months, the FIELD project has now closed its doors, and our 8 new start-up businesses (who were awarded residencies at FIELD in 2016) have moved on to new business premises.

We won’t be quite as active on our FIELD social media accounts from now on, but you can continue to follow the residents on their individual accounts, as here.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the FIELD project; the residents and our partner businesses, the café customers, the gallery guests, the event visitors, the community organisers – you have all contributed in making this an absolutely brilliant experience!

CRL team visit FIELD

It was great to welcome the whole team from the Central Research Laboratory, to visit us at FIELD. Here’s their blog about the visit:

On Monday 14 August the CRL team were pleased to make a trip to Field Brighton to experience how our sister co-working space operates, as well as to see first-hand all of the great things that have been achieved there.

Field Brighton:

Field Brighton was set-up in early 2016 at Preston Barracks, a disused former military site that had fallen into disrepair, to provide a diverse selection of Brighton & Hove based entrepreneurs with a temporary, rent-free space, as a means of fostering and growing their businesses. The temporary space, funded by Coast to Capital LEP and U+I, also includes a wood workshop, a bike hub, space for a Brighton University funded community project and a café. The businesses that have made their home there include: Play Talk LearnIntrepid CameraControl FreqFlux Cycle Works and P Kirkwood. Once the current site is closed there are plans for a 50,000 sqft campus for product design and technology start-ups and small businesses to open in its place.

Makers use of the space:

Our tour of the site was a great opportunity for the team to see how the current occupants operate within the space and also how they support one another. Given the building was originally built for military training, it’s incredibly sturdy and it was interesting to hear that, although it had been badly neglected for a number of years, only a few modifications were needed outside of a lick of paint and some TLC in order for it to be repurposed.

We happened to see Intrepid Camera mid production (makers of ‘The Intrepid 8×10’ a lightweight, high quality, affordable Field Camera), it was fascinating to find out a bit more about their process and to see how they used the workshop space. We also had a chance to catch-up with Control Freq Director, Noel Sesto, who briefly discussed the exciting plans for their revenue generating mobile solutions for the taxi and parking industries. Once the space is closed all of the current tenants have decided to stay together.

The future of the site:

A key aim of the current project was always to inform the design of the larger-scale campus for product design and technology start-ups set to built in the location; the new site will be more in line with the model that Central Research Laboratory is built on. The businesses use of the current space – their needs, how it’s evolved with them using it, what else they require – all make for valuable intel that will be used to inform the design of the new premises. The building in its place will be more similar to CRL in terms of its capabilities, but at its core will continue with Field’s good work of giving product design and technology entrepreneurs the space, facilitates and support to thrive.

The new product design campus, which is part of the wider plans to regenerate the North of Brighton, aims to create 700 jobs over 10 years. U+I have been selected as the key partner in bringing the site forward.

It was great to visit the current site and we’re so excited to see what’s in store for the site next…

You can read more about the CRL here http://www.centralresearchlaboratory.com/about/

The above blog can be found here http://www.centralresearchlaboratory.com/crls-tour-field-brighton/

FIELD Summer Fete and Community Picnic


We had a great day at FIELD for our summer fete on SATURDAY 17th JUNE, featuring a community picnic with More In Common, The Great Get Together – inspired by Jo Cox, joining others across the country getting together with their local community and celebrating all that unites us.

Our resident Andrew from Flux cooked up a South African-style barbeque on his braai, and  Old Tree Brewery served their amazing craft beers, ales & ciders, plus yummy vegan & vegetarian snacks and cakes – all to be enjoyed at our community street-party table. Old Tree brought along their fascinating new contraption – the Terra Preta – and gave talks on soil health and carbon neutral practices.

We also celebrated Bike Week and 200 years of the Bicycle with Brighton Bike Hub, who provided games & races plus a bouncy castle. The Wood Store are put on all kinds of workshops & woodcraft for adults & children alike.  Lots of fun was had by all!



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To launch our first Artists Open House event at FIELD we held a community & family fun day – FIELD2FORK #2  on Saturday 6th May, with children’s activities, music and entertainment for all ages.

Attractions were brought to the day from all our wonderful partners at FIELD: Bike Hub offered a cycling obstacle course, facepainting and games; The Wood Store held box-making workshops for children to try their hand at carpentry, and for gardeners of all ages there were free workshops on creating a mini forest garden, edible planting and soil health from Old Tree – who also supplied delicious home-made food and drink, and led a Botanical Treasure Hunt. We even had an outdoor pizza kitchen!

Everyone had a great day in the spring sunshine, with lots to see and learn – and an art gallery to enjoy too!


FIELD2FORK with the Mayor

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We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Pete West to our event at FIELD on 15th April – FIELD2FORK, a celebration of spring. He helped to plant a little oak tree – a symbol of life and growth for the future, and started off the very popular children’s Easter Egg hunt! Everyone had a lovely day, with all kinds of activities ranging from making pots to planting seeds. In fact it was so much fun that we are going to do it all again on 6th May with another FIELD2FORK – so watch this space!

More photos from the event can be seen on the Mayor’s Facebook page here and the FIELD page here


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Come and view our first Artists Open House at FIELD; a specially curated exhibition inspired by our hub of local Brighton makers and entrepreneurs. The FIELD cafe and garden are open for refreshments from Old Tree, and our on-site shop The Wood Store is showing artwork from reclaimed materials. Featuring various workshops and events from our guest artists plus creative upcycling from Brighton Bike HubRemade In Brighton and Repair Cafe Brighton.

FIELD House can be found here on the Artists Open House website and brochure (p.72) where we are No.11 on the Independent Trail. Our guest artists include:
Henry Rowsell
Stephanie Mill
Janine Shute
Simon Bottrell
David Allistone
Paul Yarde
Dom Giudicelli
The FIELD Open House gallery will be open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) between 6th – 28th May 2017
TUES – FRI 9am-5pm
SAT 11am-6pm
SUN 11am-5pm
Please check our Facebook AOH event page for updates on workshops, events and more!



SATURDAY 15 APRIL 11am-4pm
This will be a community + family-friendly event where you can discover fun ways to grow food – whether it’s in a small urban space or a big back yard – everyone can grow something! We will be joined by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, who will be helping us plant something!
Featuring an Easter egg hunt, games, music plus fun workshops on compost making, seed planting, salad growing, willow weaving – plant sales, seed swap + lots more, including food and drink by Old Tree Brewhouse Cafe; gardening goodies from What You Sow, Dr Bike sessions and kids’ cycle obstacle course from Brighton Bike Hub PLUS Easter bike decorating, and crafty things to make from Remade in Brighton!
More details here on the FIELD Facebook events page



Cyclists are welcome at FIELD Brighton, where we cater for both you and your bike! Delicious homemade food and drink by our partners Old Tree, plus the fantastic Brighton Bike Hub who provide workshop assistance and sales. Lots of outdoor space to sit and enjoy the sunshine and flowers in our cafe garden, and plenty of secure parking on our Cyclehoop racks. We are directly on the A27 Lewes Road – Sustrans Regional Route No. 90

MakerClub plans for expansion


FIELD residents MakerClub have been successful in securing substantial investment in their business, which will allow them to expand tenfold from their current network of 10 Makerclubs – to 100 in across the UK! They hope to achieve this ambitious goal by end of 2017 – which will provide tech skills sessions for up to 10,000 young inventors nationwide. Each club will be linked to a local MakerClub BrightSparks programme, offering 10 children in each area the chance to reach their full potential as inventors of the future!
The programme’s success is reported here in The Argus

FIELD residents meet The Mayor of Brighton & Hove

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It was a pleasure to host a visit from the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West, to meet all the FIELD residents last month. They had lots to talk about, as the Mayor was once a student of Engineering at the University of Brighton – studying right next door to FIELD at UoB Watt’s Building! Everyone got together afterwards for a delicious lunch in the FIELD cafe, made by our resident brewers and cooks, Old Tree.

COMMUNITY 21 – Re-Publicing the Public House

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FIELD partners Community 21 recently worked with University of Brighton students from 3D Design and Craft, to help create products for the Bevy Pub in Bevendean, Brighton – the first community owned pub on a social housing estate in the UK.

They ran workshops to enable key themes, ideas and issues to be raised. The pub is keen to promote inclusivity and a diverse public and many of the products explored this. This video shows the students presenting their ideas for a range of products made in 20 days.

A great fun night! Well done everyone and thanks to the Bevy team. Read more about the event here


Love Your Bike Week at FIELD: 11-18 February

Love Your Bike Week activity

Brighton’s second Love Your Bike Week took place at FIELD over half-term week 11-18 February 2017.

Brighton Bike Hub hosted a raft of free cycling-themed activities, helping young cyclists prepare their bikes for Spring and Summer by showing children how to look after their bikes, and helping improve their cycling skills by offering training around a purpose-built assault course, in collaboration with Sustrans’ ‘Bike It’ programme for schools.

Remade in Brighton brought their micro-remakery textile projects plus  ‘The Huberdashery’ – salvaged textiles and materials such as buttons, pins and needles – which will be part of a regular pop-up event at FIELD on the second Saturday of each month, starting on 11th March, 12-3pm. Details on Remade and their events here.


Makerclub launches BrightSparks 10 for 10


‘BrightSparks 10 for 10’ is a pilot project looking for 10 pioneering businesses to sponsor 10 awesome young people who want to fulfill their potential as the inventors of the future – but who haven’t had access to the right encouragement, equipment or learning paths.
Young people aged between 8 and 13 years old on free school meals will be put forward by their local ICT coordinator to become part of this project, and to receive a laptop, weekly mentoring and tech training, careers advice and lots more besides.

If your business would like to be part of BrightSparks 10 for 10, read more here

First V2 batch shipped!

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Intrepid Camera are ending a successful year at FIELD by shipping the first batch of their second generation camera made on-site. To appreciate their amazing 4×5 camera, you can admire these amazing photos taken by Justin Lowery using the camera on a recent trip to California’s Eastern Sierra.

Control Freq vs Brighton Parking


Our very own Noel of Control Freq has offered up an entrepreneurial idea to help ease the parking congestion in the City via an innovative smart phone technology. See his idea via the local online news.

Robots beware, children are in training with Makerclub!

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Our FIELD resident’s Makerclub were featured online on the Guardian website with a story on how they are providing opportunities for children to learn about technology. See the full story here.

Motofire coverage for Union Motion

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The guys at Union Motion have had some great coverage on Motofire following the reveal of their amazing electric motorbike. See the full story here.

Bike Hub now open 3 days a week

The launch of the Brighton Bike Hub at the Field Business site at Preston Barracks 

(For further details contact Paula Seager at Natural PR)

The Bike Hub are now open on-site at FIELD House 3 days of the week:

11am-4pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Follow the Bike Hub on Facebook to keep up with the latest news.


We had a FIELD Day!

The Field Family Fun Day  and Bike Hub Ribbon Cutting at the Preston Barracks site in Lewes Road Brighton

Photograph taken by Simon Dack
(For further details contact Paula Seager at Natural PR)

On Saturday 8th October we held a community and family fun day with all sorts of attractions from our fab four FIELD partners; Bike Hub, Community 21, Old Tree and Wood Store, and our excellent eight FIELD residents took the opportunity to showcase their products and working practices.

Attractions on the day included a bouncy castle; games, stalls and sideshows; live music, art & crafts, face-painting, ice cream & cakes, plus from the FIELD partners:

  • Bike Hub – various bike-themed attractions
  • Wood Store – mini-workshops and tombola
  • Old Tree – harvest time hot food & drink, fresh-pressed apple juice, plus free tasters of their botanical drinks
  • PlaceMakerSpace – Community21 held an interactive Dream City workshop
  • FIELD foyer – Exploring Senses digital/audio/art exhibition, Who Sampled Who
  • FIELD residents – display of products and activities from Intrepid Camera, P Kirkwood, Play Talk Learn – plus Union Motion and Flux Cycles had their bikes on show.

Also featured at FIELD Day;

  • REMADE in Brighton who brought along their vintage caravan to hold a pop-up remakery
  • Brighton Science Festival who entertained and educated with Splat the Rat – showing how gravity & forces make games fun.
  • Local information stall from Coombe Road LAT and University of Brighton’s Community Partnership CUPP
  • And we donated a fully-stocked GOSH Patisserie cake stall to the Martlets Hospice charity, run by trustee Cllr Ann Norman & husband Cllr Ken Norman – who raised a fantastic £200 by selling yummy cakes on the day!

Source Review


We’ve had a rather nice review of The Old Tree Brewery and FIELD courtesy of The Source Brighton. You can read their take on FIELD here


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Here is John from the Woodstore giving a tour to a group of lovely students from the World Student Environmental Network who came to learn about the sustainable businesses here at FIELD this week.

Hello Bike Hub!


The Bike Hub have arrived at FIELD! If your bicycle is in need of some maintenance or refurbishment then you can pop down to FIELD on a Friday or Saturday from 11am – 5pm for some Bike TLC. In the meantime you can follow the Bike Hub on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

Repair Cafe has landed

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We are thrilled to welcome the Repair Cafe to FIELD to help local people fix up bicycles, electronic, electrical goods and anything that needs sewing or gluing. They’ll be on-site at FIELD on the last Saturday of each month from 12-3pm. Find out more here

Community Works Lunch


This beautiful group of friendly faces are enjoying a lovely lunch curtosey of the Old Tree Brewery!

Caroline Lucas visit


Today Caroline Lucas MP met some of our unique start-up businesses when she visited FIELD. After meeting our residents she commented, “It is fantastic to see so many extraordinary and clever makers here and to meet our home-grown talent. These are the businesses creating the new products and business models that will change the way we live in years to come.”

Caroline called in on all the residents as well as visiting the partners based at FIELD and enjoyed some refreshments in Old Tree Brewery’s café. James Nettleton from U+I, who was showing Caroline around alongside Sarah Chitty explained “This is an experiment to establish what the future of workspace looks like in Brighton, we don’t have all the answers yet, so FIELD is about asking questions and engaging with potential end users, with a view to it helping us design a new facility which makes a meaningful contribution to workspace in the city, which is currently under-supplied.”

Photography by alicesarahelizeclarke@gmail.com

All together now….


The corridors of FIELD were ringing with the sound of the European Queer Choir rehearsals today! The Old Tree Cafe provided the perfect spot for some pitch perfect harmonies.

Glass Heap Challenge


We hosted the Glass Heap challenge over the weekend, a four day pop-up event featuring on-site demonstrations enabling visitors to truly understand glass as a material and its upcycling potential to create designs ranging from tableware to architectural applications. The demonstrations showed that you can heat and manipulate glass with just low energy and basic equipment consisting of mobile glass blowing facility and a flame work bench.

You can find out more about the Glass Heap Challenge here


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