Housed in a covered outdoor pavilion in the North Courtyard, the Hot Shop features daily glassblowing demonstrations by local, professional gaffers. The gaffers will walk guests 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.
Hot Shop Studio Classes
Studio Classes are available from April through December. Advance registration is required and many classes sell out.
Registration Available: Vessels and Personal Glassblowing Sessions
Sold Out: Introduction to Glassblowing, Pumpkins, Ornaments, Hummingbird Feeders, Glass Paperweights
Know Before You Go:
No experience is necessary!
Registering in advance is required. Member pricing will be applied automatically before checkout when a member is logged in.
Studio classes are designed for adult participants but individuals between the ages of 10-17 can participate if a parent or guardian is present.
Classes begin with safety instruction and a demonstration of the piece being made; then the instructor works individually with each class participant to create their artwork.
Please wear appropriate clothing for the Hot Shop which is located outside in the North Courtyard
Clothing made of natural fibers (cotton, linen, wool) is recommended, as some synthetic materials may melt while working near the glass blowing equipment.
Wear comfortable shoes. No open-toed or high heel shoes will be permitted in the Hot Shop.
Dress for the weather, layers are recommended.
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 an additional cost to the student.
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.
Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Vessels on Sizzling SaturdaysEvery Saturday through December 17
Create a vessel of your choice: candy bowl, flower bud vase or tumbler.
Our most popular Hot Shop studio class! Create a colorful glass pumpkin.
Cost: $90, $80 for members
Introduction to Glass BlowingThis series is sold out! Additional dates may be available later this year.
Six sessions: September 5, 12, 19, 26 & October 3, 10
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
Hummingbird FeedersClasses are sold out at this time! More dates may be added in the future.
Create a bright glass hummingbird feeder
Cost: $100, $90 for members
Glass PaperweightsClasses are sold out at this time! More dates may be added in the future.
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)
Personal Glassblowing SessionsBook 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
Using the form linked below, please select a 1st , 2nd and 3rd date and time preference when submitting. Requests must be made at least 14 days before the preferred dates.