Glass Blowing Workshop (for 3+)
In the Pearl District of Portland, OR
Weekends year-round; Saturdays are suggested for best availability
- Tour all the stations that heat, grind, polish and cool
- Sample the tools: blow pipes, punti, diamond sheers, hard wood blocks and more
- Watch a demonstration using the latest techniques, materials and technology
- Make your own paperweight and glass bowl in this private class
Glass Blowing allows you the ability to create art with a medium that has multiple malleable stages, gorgeous unique color options and an artistic horizon that can take on many shapes, sizes and everyday applications.
This exclusive Cloud 9 Living experience will introduce you to the fun and exciting world of glass blowing.
You will begin your experience with an informative tour of all the stations that heat, grind, polish and cool the glass. Then sit down for a sample of all the tools used to work with this fun element; blow pipes, punti, a jack, tweezers, diamond sheers, hard wood blocks and more.
Watch a demonstration to show you the steps of making a paperweight then grab your colors and enjoy making your own masterpiece!
After you have finished your one of a kind paperweight, you will watch the demonstration of how to make a glass bowl and then return to your station to make one of your own.
After your glass blowing experience, peruse the adjacent art gallery to see all the endless possibilities of the new art form you are now familiar with.
Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Price includes the cost of a bench that can hold up to 3 students per bench.
This is a fantastic class for those wanting to learn the art of glass blowing and for those looking for something cool to do for a half day.
Student to teacher ratio is 3:1 - the studio can hold up to 12 students, 3 per bench.
There is a gallery to view and stools in the studio where you may sit and observe.
This experience is not weather dependent
What to Wear:
Natural fibered clothing, like cotton long sleeve shirts and jeans. Close toed shoes, eye safety glasses or sunglasses.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
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"Gary, our teacher at Elements Glass was just out of this world. I cannot recommend this experience enough. I was extremely happy with it."
"Our instructor was great - so patient and friendly. By the end we saw his wry sense of humor, too. The only thing we were a little disappointed with was the sloppy sanding job they did after we left (because the pieces need to cool for a day, you can't take them home right away). While our pieces are not going to make it into a museum (or even come close!), they are still precious to us. There was a ring of sanding marks all across one of the paper weights, which pretty much ruined it, a big sanded gauge in another, and one wasn't even sanded at all (which is fine - I'll just glue some felt onto the bottom). I'm sure others who take this class would feel the same way, so I'd just ask the Elements folks to take a little more care with the sanding. Otherwise, it was a fascinating experience that made us all better able to appreciate the skill that goes into a handcrafted glass object. "