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Hot Shop

Housed in a covered outdoor pavilion in the North Courtyard, the Hot Shop features glassblowing daily demonstrations by local, professional gaffers. The gaffers will walk you through every step of the glassblowing process as they gather molten glass and transform it into a finished piece of artwork.

These ongoing demonstrations are included in admission when the Hot Shop is open. Glass art from Conservatory gaffers can be purchased at Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse.

Studio Classes are also available from April through December. Advance registration is required and many classes will sell out.

Hot Shop Studio Classes

Class information and registration is available now! This year there are new glass sculpting classes as well as vessels, garden globes/ornaments, hummingbird feeders and introduction to glassblowing classes.

2022 Classes:

Know Before You Go:

Introduction to Glass Blowing Six sessions: June 6, 12, 20, 27 & July 11, 18
Registration includes all class dates.

In this six-week introductory class, participants will learn the fundamental skills necessary to gather molten glass from the furnace and shape it into simple blown shapes. The small group class (maximum of three participants) will start with learning about safety, how to use the equipment, materials and proper glass blowing techniques. Each class will build on their skill set with the last class culminating into open studio time where the participant can create their own vessel.

No previous experience is required. Adults only.

Cost: $720, $650 for members

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New: Paperweights New this year, the Conservatory is offering a variety of glass sculpting classes: egg paperweights, round paperweights and heart paperweights. Specific paperweight shapes are only available on certain dates.

Cost: $60, $54 for members (applies to all paperweight classes)

Rainbow Paperweight
The Conservatory Hot Shop will be celebrating Pride by offering a special opportunity for individual guests to work one-on-one with an instructor to create a round glass art paperweight featuring all the colors of the rainbow.

June June 13-17: 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm or 1:30pm
June 18-19: 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm

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Glass Egg Paperweight
April 8 and 15
May 6 and 20
June 3 and 17
July 8 and 29

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Glass Heart Paperweight
May 11 and 25
July 1 and 22

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Glass Round Paperweight
April 22 and 29
May 13 and 27
June 10 and 24
July 15

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Vessels on Sizzling Saturdays Every Saturday from April 9-December 17

Create a vessel of your choice: candy bowl, flower bud vase or tumbler.

Cost: $110, $100 for members

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Hummingbird Feeders April 14, 21 and 28
May 4, 5, 12, 18, 19 and 26
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30
July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28

Create a bright glass hummingbird feeder

Cost: $100, $90 for members

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Personal Glassblowing Sessions Book a three-hour Personal Glassblowing Session and work one on one with a professional gaffer to create 3-6 pieces of glass in total. No experience is necessary. The instructor will assist you with picking vessels appropriate for your experience and skill level.

Personal Sessions are for individual instruction or up to two participants in the same party can attend a session under the same registration.

Sessions are available during times when the hot shop is not being used for demonstrations or classes and when instructors are available:
Daily from 2:30-5:30pm
Sundays & Tuesdays 6-9pm
Saturdays & Sundays 9am-12pm

A registration form will be available below. Please select a 1st , 2nd and 3rd date and time preference when submitting.

Cost : $325, $290 for members

Registration Form
Hot Shop
Pumpkins August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and 31
September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30
October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, and 30

Our most popular Hot Shop class! Create a colorful glass pumpkin.

Cost: $90, $80 for members

Registration coming later this year!
Hot Shop
Garden Globes/Ornaments November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 25 and 30
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23

Create a decorative garden globe or ornament.

Cost: $66, $60 for members

Registration coming later this year!

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