ABOUT THE HOT SHOP

 

Where Creativity Ignites into Art...

Witness art coming alive as the Museum’s Hot Shop Team and Visiting Artists demonstrate the fascinating process of creating works of art from molten glass. Glassblowing is a mesmerizing and magical process, and many visitors spend hours in the Hot Shop. What you will see is not just a staged demo, but an authentic artistic process—real artists engaged in real creative projects.

Hot Shop hours are the same as Museum hours. A team of artists is always on the floor (except when they take their lunch break, typically 1 to 2pm weekdays and Saturdays and 2 to 3pm on Sundays).  Take a sneak peek at what you will see via our live video feed (during Museum hours).

  • Watch professional artists create works of art from molten glass.
  • See close-ups of the artists' work and videos on the big screen.
  • Learn as our MC explains the process, the art, the science and the history of making glass.
  • Ask questions—and sometimes even offer input to help design a piece.

about the hot shopAbout the Hot Shop Team

Our resident team of professional artists is among the best glassblowing teams in the world. Every day the Museum is open, these artists are playing with fire and making art. 

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Visiting Artists

We invite internationally recognized artists and local emerging artists to come and participate in residencies at the Museum. Almost every week you can see a different artist working in our Hot Shop with our Hot Shop Team. 

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about the hot shopKids Design Glass

Our Kids Design Glass program invites children 12 and under to stretch their imaginations and create original designs that our Hot Shop Team transform into glass sculptures. 

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about the hot shopSpontaneous Design

Glass vessel improv! This interactive and entertaining program lets the audience in the Hot Shop make all the design decisions. 

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LEARN MORE

Learn about the cone's interior 

Check out the Mobile Hot Shop

Watch Previous Visiting Artists

 

Image credits:
Team photo by Rick Dahms.  All other photos by Ken Emly.

 

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