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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.

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.

View/download the Spring Glass & Art Activity Card: April - June 2014

View/download the Summer Art & Glass Activity Card: July - September.

 


 

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. View Web Calendar for details. 
 

  • 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:

June 14: Glass Paperweight Making
Due to the popularity of this experience and a limited number of spaces available, online pre-registration is required. Pre-register online now.

June 21: Glass Tumbler Making (During Open Studio)
Due to the popularity of this experience and a limited number of spaces available, online pre-registration is required. Pre-register online now.

July 12: Glass Tumbler Making
Due to the popularity of this experience and a limited number of spaces available, online pre-registration is required. Pre-register online now.

July 19: Glass Paperweight Making (During Open Studio)
Due to the popularity of this experience and a limited number of spaces available, online pre-registration is required. Pre-register online now.

September 20: Glass Pumpkin Making (During Open Studio)
Due to the popularity of this experience and a limited number of spaces available, online pre-registration is required. Pre-register online now.

September 27: Glass Pumpkin Making
Due to the popularity of this experience and a limited number of spaces available, online pre-registration is required. Pre-register online now.
 

 


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... 

 


Private Glass Blowing Classes are also available. Receive one-on-one instruction from a professional glass artist, and learn techniques and tricks of the trade at your own pace. Private classes offer flexible scheduling, and each participant leaves class with a unique glass piece of their very own. 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: $120; two-hour class, two participants
     
  • NON-MEMBERS: $140; two-hour class, two participants