How To: 3 Easy Ways to Start Glassblowing

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Whether you’re a longtime glass collector, or someone looking for a new creative outlet, this article is for you! Below, I’m listing some of my best advice for trying your hand at glassblowing (without blowing the budget to set up your own studio).

Without further ado…

Ask an Artist

Enrolling in workshops or buying your own tools will require a very real financial investment. Before you take that jump, why not pick the brain of a working artist to see if it’s a commitment you’re ready to make? Contact local studios and galleries to find out if an artist will be demonstrating in your area, and strike up a conversation!

Take a Class

If you’re ready to dive in and start learning, there are several great facilities across the country which regularly offer courses in glassblowing. From beginner basics to more advanced work, with all sorts of specialties represented, these courses give you the chance to receive invaluable hands-on instruction.

A few reputable organizations to consider: Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, and Pilchuck Glass School.

Make it Your Major

If your love of glass is a full-time commitment, you can study it at several colleges nationwide. Fun fact: Salem Community College is the only school in the US where you can declare a major in scientific glassblowing! They also host the International Flameworking Conference annually.

No matter how you get started, if you stick with it, glassblowing is as fun and rewarding as it is challenging. And who knows? You may just have a knack for it!