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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.

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:

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

Glass Heart Making Dates (9+ years): Click on one of the links below. If you do not see the preferred date, click on the calendar's back or forward arrows to navigate to the correct workshop.

January 17: Pre-registration required.

January 24: Pre-registration required. 

January 31: Pre-registration required. 


Glass Paperweight Making (9+ years):

February 21: Pre-registration required.



Glass Heart Making: $25 members; $35 non members

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


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:

December 20, January 17, (No Open Studio February 21), March 21


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.  



  • MEMBERS: $120; two-hour class, two participants
  • NON-MEMBERS: $140; two-hour class, two participants