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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.

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin in The Works' Pumpkin Patch!

Celebrate fall with a hand-crafted glass pumpkin from The Works.

Works’ members only – shop the glass pumpkin preview

Friday, Oct. 2., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The pumpkin patch opens to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Hand-blown glass is a unique, locally made gift, and you’ll find a bumper crop of beautiful glass pumpkins of all colors and sizes. Visit The Works’ Pumpkin Patch, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 to 5, until October 31.

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.


Unique glass design, production, & entrepreneur program for teens

The Works is excited to introduce FireWorks!, a unique opportunity for high school students to learn the art of glass design, production, and entrepreneurship. FireWorks! invites students to explore, create, and engage; not only will students gain standards-aligned academic skills, they will also get "fired up" about the business of art. Professional staff and volunteers at The Works will guide teens through the basics of producing, exhibiting, marketing, and selling their glass products. In a "pay-it-forward" model, proceeds from the sale of student-made products will be used to support the next cohort of FireWorks' students.

FireWorks! features small class size (limit 10 students), individualized class and lab instruction from professional artists and business leaders, standards-aligned academics, and mentors who will support and encourage students throughout the session. The program culminates with a student-produced public exhibit and art sale in May 2016.

Application deadline for FireWorks! is Tuesday, Sept. 22. The application and program schedule for the 2015-2016 FireWorks! class can be found here. Cost for the complete 20-week program is $500 per student; scholarship assistance is available. Please contact Janice LoRaso, assistant director; or Lawrence Tuber, glass studio manager, with questions.

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+


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

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

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


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

  • November 14 & 21, December 12 & 19 (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:

September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19


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.



  • MEMBERS: $70 per hour, $140 two-hour class, two participants
  • NON-MEMBERS: $80 per hour, $160 two-hour class, two participants