Housed in the outdoor glass blowing pavilion of the North Courtyard, the Hot Shop features daily demonstrations from April to December by local, professional gaffers (master glass blowers) as they gather molten glass and transform it into a finished piece of blown-glass artwork. Every step of the process is described in informative, 25-minute sessions.
Hot Shop Studio Classes 2021
Give glass blowing a try! Check out available classes below.
Know Before You Go:
No experience is necessary! Hot Shop classes are open to everyone over the age of 10. Children and teens ages 10-17 must have a parent or guardian present.
The Hot Shop is located outside in the North Courtyard of the Conservatory so please dress for the weather.
Each student will take home one piece of artwork. All glass pieces need overnight annealing (a cooling process) and will be ready for pick up or shipment the next day after 3pm.
Shipment is available for an additional cost to the visitor.
Terrariums can be shipped but must be sent without the kit as it includes the live plants. Just the glass piece will be shipped.
Class size ranges from 5 to 10 students depending on the piece being created.
For safety, the Conservatory has invested in an alternative inflation device that allows forced air to be used in the glass blowing process instead of participants sharing a pipe. Other steps in the process- turning, firing, etc- will be led by a gaffer with student participation.
Introduction to Glass Blowing (Sold Out)This class series is sold out!
A small group of students (maximum of 3 participants) will learn the fundamental skills necessary to gather molten glass from the furnace and shape it into simple blown shapes. Students will start with an introduction to safety and then become familiar with the equipment, materials, and proper techniques.
Each class in the series will build a student’s skill set and the last class will culminate with open studio time where the students can create their own vessel. Adults only, please.
Classes are every Monday from 6-9pm starting on October 11 and ending November 15. All six classes are included in the series and you only need to register for the first date.
$720, $650 for members
Vessels (Sold Out)These classes are sold out.
Create a vessel of your choice – candy bowl, bud vase or tumbler
Every Saturday beginning April 10th
$100, $90 for members
Pumpkins (Sold Out)These classes are sold out. Glass pumpkins can also be purchased at Botanica during the Glass Pumpkin Patch.
Create a colorful glass pumpkin in the spirit of the season.
$70, $65 for members
OrnamentsCreate a festive ornament to use as decoration or as a gift
There is one remaining registration available on December 3
$60, $55 for members
Personal Glassblowing SessionsApril through December, the Conservatory offers 3-hour personal glassblowing classes for up to 2 people. This gives each student a chance to work closely with the glassblower to create different pieces of their own choosing. Sessions are available during these times:
-6-9pm on Tuesdays and Sundays
-9am-12pm on Saturdays and Sundays
If interested, please fill out the form below with preferred days and times.