In 2013, Museum of Glass introduced Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire. This partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) serves soldiers with the most complex and devastating physical and mental injuries. Most recently, the classes have expanded to serve soldiers outside of the WTB and veterans.
Hot Shop Heroes offers glassblowing and flame-working classes to soldiers and is a core education program at MOG with two 8-week classes, introductory and intermediate, offered three times a year. Each weekly class serves 9 soldiers. Evaluation has shown that the program has been particularly effective for participants with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
For many participants, the benefits are physical, emotional and spiritual. "This class awakened a previously hidden joy in creating things by hand. I was able to actually feel something other than numb," shares one of the program's pilot course participants.
Hot Shop Heroes students are selected from applicants at the Warrior Transition Battalion at JBLM and the American Lake Division VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
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Photos by Dane Gregory Meyer; video by Derek Klein.