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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.

We’ve made adjustments to how our classes are offered, you’ll notice that in the details below.  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.  Please call us for registration.  We have incorporated 6″ long one-time use attachments to our blow hoses, have built in time for cleaning tools between student use and follow routine sanitizing of public areas in the studio.  Our staff will be wearing face masks or shields, and request that all visitors do as well while in the studio & gallery area.  We get a beautiful breeze flowing through our big garage and stable doors, to ensure fresh air flow — weather permitting!  Thank you for your understanding & trust as we navigate this new normal.  The changes we’ve needed to make for health and safety under COVID guidelines have been praised by visitors and students. Folks have given us great feed back, and felt very safe while participating in a class or shopping in our gallery. See our website for more details or contact us directly with any questions you may have.We appreciate you and look forward to welcoming you back to Hot Shop Glass!

And guess what?  We’ve been working on a new on-line registration system to streamline the whole process.  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!

Pumpkin time!  Yes,  our super popular pumpkin class runs mid August through Thanksgiving and is almost booked for the season!   Single spots are open in October and for two or more into November.  Don’t delay!

 

HOT SHOP GLASS offers glass blowing instruction/experiences 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 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.  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.

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!

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 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 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.

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.

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.  This workshop is offered seasonally and  fun to think of doing this in the winter of 2021!

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.

Normally offered in March, April and early May, but held over due to the COVID closures.  This double walled bowl is great as candy or nut bowl, with a clear pedastal bottom, these are sturdy bowls meant to be used!  Some availability still in July.

 

 

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 July through mid August.

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

 

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

Registration is now open for the 2020 season!

Offered August 15  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 is now open online, by phone or in person.

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!

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 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.