HOT SHOP GLASS offers glass blowing instruction for everyone age 14+, group and corporate team building workshops, private instruction and studio rentals and gallery space to showcase the work of local glass artists. The public is welcome to visit our gallery and observe the action in the studio on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Our classes are popular and do fill quickly. Call 262.833.0095 for more info or to register! We teach classes year round, but are busiest when it’s cold outside!  Most people start with our Explore Glass Workshop – some take it multiple times – and then join a Beginning Glass Class in the winter or fall.  Private classes are designed for experienced glass students, or those wishing to do the Beginning Glass Class curriculum, but unable to fit it in their schedule.  Due to the demand for classes and small class size, payment for classes is due at time of reservation!

Our Most Popular Class!

Explore Glass Workshop — Make a Paperweight or an Ornament!


Two hour session, $50 per person, age 14+. All of our workshops are taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm, Saturdays in the morning at 10am and afternoon, usually at 2pm (times may vary on occasion).

We recommend making your reservations at least a few weeks in advance in the summer months, even 4-8 weeks ahead in the fall & winter . . .  we are a popular place! We sometimes have last minute openings,  so be sure to try us if you’d like to take a class last minute! Please call us for information on specific dates and to register, 262.833.0095, or stop in on a Saturday to make a reservation.

Payment is due at time of registration for all of our classes.

– A perfect 2-hour introduction to working with hot glass.
– Great gift idea. Gift Certificates available! Ages 14 and older.
Call 262.833.0095, or stop in on a Saturday to register.

CANCELLATION POLICY: You may reschedule your session or receive a credit  if you give us at least two weeks notice.  This includes a reduction in the number of people in your group.  We will offer you a refund only if we can fill the space with a student on our waiting list.  Because of the nature of our business and small class sizes we are unable to guarantee refunds or offer rescheduling with less than one week notice.  Thank you for your understanding.


Offered Seasonally……

Glass Heart Paperweight Class!  — Make your own heart shaped keepsake!

$65 per person, all inclusive.

Join us for this fun class and learn to sculpt a beautiful heart from molten glass.  Lots of colors to choose from, including sparkly aventurine glass!

Offered in January & February.  Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6:30, Saturdays at 10am or 2pm.   Call for current availability.

Blown Bowl class!    –make a beautiful little dish!  Great for Mother’s Day!

$65, all inclusive.

Offered in March, April and early May — Great for Mother’s Day.  This double walled bowl is great as candy or nut bowl, with a clear pedastal bottom, these are sturdy bowls meant to be used!

Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6:30, Saturdays at 10am or 2pm.   Call for current availability.


NEW!  Glass CACTUS Class!– Make your own blown glass cacti with mold pressed flower!

Perfect for the heat of summer in a hot shop!  Join us for this fun new beginner workshop on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays.  It’s been a big hit and only available during the summer months.

$65, all inclusive




Glass PUMPKIN Class!– Make your own blown glass sculpted pumpkin!

Registration opens June 10th for the 2019 season!

Offered late August through November.  Join in a two hour class and create your own blown glass pumpkin.  A variety of colors for pumpkin and stems are available to make your piece unique to you!  This is a great activity for family, friends, dates or on your own!

Our most popular specialty class, registration will open mid June.

Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6:30pm, Saturday mornings from 10am-noon & afternoons from 2-4pm .  4-8 students in each workshop.  Groups up to 12 may be accommodated if schedule allows.

$70, all inclusive.

Glass pumpkin, Daniel Sviland 2017.

Beginning Glass Blowing Classes — Learn the Skills to Blow Glass!


This class is offered 4 times per year.  It is designed for students interested in delving more seriously in to working with glass.  Don’t miss your chance to really learn how to work with this amazing medium.

Learn the fundamentals of blowing glass through great demonstrations, exercises and time to practice through the creation of several solid and blown glass forms.  3 students/1 instructor ratio. 12 class hours, $375 per student.

Taught by HOT SHOP GLASS staff, these skill building workshops teach the fundamentals of glass blowing and a teamwork approach to working with hot glass. Two instructors teach a maximum of 6 students per session.

2019 Dates:
Weekend Intensive
Saturday February 16th & Sunday February 17th 10am-4:30pm
4 consecutive Saturday Mornings
March 23rd, 30th, April 6th and 13th.  10am-1pm.

Call Hot Shop Glass at 262.833.0095 for more information and registration.

Private Instruction & Rentals

Private Instruction:
Hot Shop Glass instructors may have weekday availability for those wishing to learn the skills to blow glass but cannot fit our Glass Blowing 1 curriculum into their schedule.  Those with some glass experience wishing to further their skills may schedule weekday and limited weekend time with an instructor.

Cost is $65 per hour for one bench and instructor.

Studio Rental:
Skilled glass blowers may rent the studio and work independently with studio staff approval. Cost is $45 per hour for use of tools, clear glass, annealing space, one bench & one glory hole.  Renters must complete a simple ‘tumbler test’ to demonstrate basic knowledge and skill.

Our studio uses Spruce Pine Batch and has a variety of gaffer, reichenbach and kugler color for sale in a variety of frit sizes as well as bar.

Additional Information

  • Corporate team building activities, private parties or demonstrations for your group or club are available.                                                                                           Contact us at 262.833.0095 for more information and to plan a unique event!
  • Shop Hot Shop Glass’ GALLERY of original blown glass art – great for special gift giving!  Beautiful custom blown glass pendant lights are available.
  • Educational demonstrations for school groups.
  • GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE in our gallery or online!
  • Open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

See why we are the hottest place downtown! Shop our gallery, pick up gift certificates for classes & see our studio in action!!

Registration Information:

All fees for classes must be paid in advance.  Fees are refundable only if we fill your space with a student on the waiting list. All students must sign a waiver of liability, comply with all studio policy and procedures and be over age 14 unless with the approval of their parent/guardian and Hot Shop Glass staff. Parent or guardian must sign a release for those 14-17 years old. Please click here to download our safety policy and release forms.

Gift Certificates are available!

Visiting Artist Ed Schmid works with glass artists from Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee & Appleton during his 3 day visit April of 2017.


Glass artist & instructor Holly Wolf-Mattick assists Ed Schmid, visiting artist from Bellingham Washington, during a community event creating glass art for The Prairie School Premier, April 2017. Ed Schmid is an internationally known author, artist and instructor. His visit was a collaboration between The Prairie School Art Department and Hot Shop Glass.