About Your Glass Paperweight Experience
'Each Glass Paperweight Workshop is a 20-30-minute one-on-one experience with a skilled glass blowing instructor.
If you are scheduling workshops for a group, you will need to schedule a separate 30-minute appointment for each voucher-holder. You can all relax together and watch, take photos and cheer each other on. There are nearby restaurants and a convenience store where you can purchase food and drink to enjoy during your visit.
Please click SELECT A DATE TO ATTEND above to see all available dates and times.
Sign up now to schedule your personal Paperweight Workshop at Tampa Bay's first community Glass Hot Shop, located in the Gulfport Art Village Courtyard, just minutes from downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.
Select your own colors that will float endlessly inside the glass. Choose from two shapes - round or egg. A great souvenir or holiday gift!
For each paperweight, your instructor will gather clear glass from the IACG's 2000-degree furnace. Students will then take hold of the pipe and pick up bits of colored glass called frit from a steel table known as the marver. This glass mish mash is then heated to a malleable state in the flame of the glory hole. To create their one-of-a-kind design, students will manipulate the colorful hot glass with a variety of glass blower's tools including a water-soaked wood block and tweezers. Finally, the instructor will gather more clear glass over the colored glass and help the student sculpt the final shape.
PLEASE WEAR CLOSED-TOED SHOES AND NATURAL FIBER CLOTHING.
NO FEE FOR YOUR RESERVATION. MUST PRESENT YOUR GROUPON, LIVING SOCIAL OR GOOGLE VOUCHER WHEN YOU ARRIVE.
GRATUITY FOR INSTRUCTOR SUGGESTED.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled workshop.
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