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Glass Blowing

Discover the amazing art of glass blowing through hands-on experiences and private instruction classes for kids and adults. See below for Hot Glass Blowing Experience dates and online registration.

Kids as young as nine years of age can experience the wonders of working with molten hot glass! Our staff of professional artists guide them every step of the way.

The Works Glass Studio is a great place to experience the art of glass blowing. With assistance and encouragement from professional glass artists, visitors can feel the heat from the furnace and create beautiful glass art of their very own. Participants must be at least nine years of age to participate in most hot glass experiences. See what a live glass blowing demonstration at The Works is all about.

Glass Experiences: Saturdays, Noon - 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) Available throughout the year. Participants create blown glass paperweights or holiday themed items such as Christmas ornaments, heart-shaped paperweights, and pumpkins. These experiences are a great opportunity to do something unique and creative on a Saturday afternoon! Prices vary based on glass experience and space is limited.

  • Glass Experience Item Pick-Up: Hot glass or fused glass items must undergo an overnight cooling and annealing process. Your items will be ready for pick-up at the museum the following week, and will not be available immediately following the glass experience.
     
  • Glass Experience Dress Code: For safety, participants must wear closed toe shoes and eye protection for all hot glass experiences.
     

Upcoming Hot Glass Experiences:

Due to their popularity and limited number of spaces available,
pre-registration is required for Hot Glass Experiences. Ages 9+

REGISTER ONLINE HERE FOR ALL HOT GLASS EXPERIENCES.

(Navigate to the preferred event by using the back and forward arrows in the online registration.)

Please note the the Glass Studio will be closed during the month of August.


Glass Paperweight Making: $25 each members; $35 each non-members

  • June 20 (Noon - 4 p.m., 15-minute slots)

 

Glass Tumbler Making: $45 each members; $55 each non-members

  • July 18 (Noon - 4 p.m., 30-minute slots)
     

No events in August. Glass Studio closed.
 

Glass Pumpkin Making: $35 each members; $45 each non-members

  • September 19, October 10, 17 & 24  (Noon - 4 p.m., 15-minute slots)

Open Studio occurs the third Saturday of each month from Noon to 4 p.m. During Open Studio, visitors can drop in to participate a variety of glass fusing activities (such as jewelry or hand print making), or pre-register for hot glass experiences (such as paperweight making). Learn more... 

Open Studio Dates:

June 20, July 18, September 19, & October 17

 


Private Glass Instruction consists of spending a minimum of two hours with a professional artist in The Works Glass Studio. Dress requirements: closed-toe shoes; clothes made of natural, non-flammable fibers; long hair tied back. Participants keep what they make after the objects cool slowly in a kiln overnight.

Classes can range from focusing on a specific project to learning skills for independent pursuit of glass making.

Class emphasis will be on creating specific ojbects and participants will have the assistance of a professional glass blower to create objects of their own design. For those who want to learn glass-blowing skills for further exploration, classes focus on glass-blowing technique, using tools, and hand-skill development. Theses sessions stress craftsmanship more than outputl.

Contact the Glass Studio Manager to schedule a private class. Must be at least 14 years of age to participate in private classes.

 

Cost: 

  • MEMBERS: $70 per hour, $140 two-hour class, two participants
     
  • NON-MEMBERS: $180 per hour, $160 two-hour class, two participants