Classes

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At Hot Shop Glass, the health, safety, and well-being of our guests & staff  has always been –& continues to be –of the utmost importance to us. Masks are required for entry in our facility.  If you cannot wear a mask, please postpone your visit until after the pandemic.  Our commitment to the health & safety of our staff & guests is unwavering.

We’ve made adjustments to how our classes are offered since our re-opening in July of 2020.  The classes are now much smaller now –4 students to 2 instructors (rather than 8-10).  Keeping the class size small means classes are shorter, you won’t have as much ‘down’ time and we won’t have a crowded studio.  If you have a group that is larger than 4 and are ok co-mingling, we’d be happy to accommodate you during a 3pm class session, or book two sessions back to back for groups of 8 people.  Please call us  or email us so we know your group is all together, or if you need us to open up seats in a 3pm class.

You can register for classes by simply clicking the link at the top of this page!  For those not so tech savvy, we still like to chat on the phone, so you can always call us or stop in.  For those who have gift certificates to redeem, you’ll still have to call us.  We have not integrated our on-line and old fashioned gift certificates with the new booking program.  Someday!  But until then, call us!  Thanks!

Scroll down to learn about all the glass blowing classes offered, appropriate for those age 14+ and for complete beginners.   Then click on the ‘BOOK A CLASS’ button to see what is open in our class schedule.  We can often book several weeks in advance so plan ahead if possible!

Want creative fun but our glass blowing is full?  Check out our glass fusing studio!

https://hotshopglass.com/glass-fusing/

We teach classes year round, and it’s no surprise that glass blowing classes in our hot shop are busiest when it’s cold outside!  Most people start with our Explore Glass Workshop or other specialty beginner classes (hearts, bowls cactus or pumpkins) – some take many of these multiple times. For those who really want to learn & become skilled glass artisans, we offer our Glass 1 Class a few times a year in the winter or fall. Unfortunately due to covid we are not currently scheduling our Glass 1 Class.  We do have a list of interested students on file at our facility.  Call or email us if you’d like to be added to that contact list — you’ll be the first to know when we do resume this class offering.

Private classes are designed for experienced glass students, or those wishing to do the Glass 1 Class curriculum, but unable to fit it in their schedule.  These private classes are offered during the day on Tuesdays or Thursdays only.

Due to the demand for classes and small class size, payment for classes is due at time of reservation!

OUR 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.

*COVID-19: We are doing everything we can to keep ourselves, our staff & visitors virus-free!  If you, or someone you have had close contact with, has COVID-19 symptoms, OR ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS, please contact us to reschedule your class.  If you are concerned about rising case numbers and do not feel safe participating in a workshop, please contact us so we can reschedule your class.  The more notice you can give us, the better, but with that said we understand that may not be possible.   Call us: 262-833-0095 or email info@hotshopglass.com

Our Most Popular Class!

Explore Glass Workshop — Make a Paperweight or an Ornament!

Tuesday & Thursday evenings – one hour sessions at 6pm and 7:30pm  Saturdays at 10am, 11:30, 1:30 and 3pm.

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New one hour sessions, smaller class sizes with dual benches & instructors, $50 per person, age 14+.

We recommend making your reservations at least a few weeks in advance . . .  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!  Click on the  ‘Book A Class’ button to see availability.  If you have questions, aren’t tech savvy or have a GIFT CERTIFICATE, please call us 262.833.00950 email info@hotshopglass.com, or stop in on a Saturday to make a reservation.

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

– A perfect hands on 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.

SPECIALTY  Beginner CLASSES

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.

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

$65, all inclusive.  One hour sessions Tuesdays &  Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings & afternoons beginning the end of March on select dates through May.

This double walled bowl is great as candy or nut bowl, with a clear pedastal bottom, these are sturdy bowls meant to be used!

 

 

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 – limited spaces available in June through mid August.  Dates will be released on our schedule early March.

$70, all inclusive, One hour sessions Tuesdays &  Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings & afternoons.

 

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

Offered August  through Thanksgiving. Join in a one 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 online mid June. Set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget!

Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6:00pm & 7:30pm , Saturday mornings at 10am, 11:30am and afternoons at 1:30 and 3pm. 4 students per workshop.  Larger groups may be accommodated, please call to discuss the specific needs of your group.

$70, all inclusive.  One hour sessions Tuesdays &  Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings & afternoons.

Glass pumpkin, Daniel Sviland.


Glass 1  — Learn the Skills to Blow Glass!  ON HOLD DUE TO COVID.

This class is offered 2-3 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, $395 per student and includes the classic must read Beginning Glassblowing by Ed Schmid.

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.

Sessions offered in January & February annually.

Call Hot Shop Glass at 262.833.0095 for more information or to be put on our call list when dates are set.


Private Instruction & Rentals

Private Instruction:
Hot Shop Glass instructors may have Tuesday or Thursday 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.