mobile hot shop


Offering both education and entertainment, the Mobile Hot Shop attracts and intrigues people of every age and social group. A fully equipped glass blowing studio, the Mobile Hot Shop drives to your doorstep and presents the best of the Museum of Glass to your audience. The experience includes a complete glassblowing demonstration, with highly skilled artists working with molten glass while a trained commentator explains the art and science of glass and answers questions.

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The Mobile Hot Shop truck itself generates excitement, with eye-catching graphic art. The truck holds everything needed to blow glass, including the cullet (clear glass recycled from the Museum of Glass hot shop), a red-hot furnace, an array of tools, a work bench and a beautifully designed tent for the artists and equipment. A state-of-the-art audio-visual system enhances the interactive and educational experience. Your audience will share in this right-before-your-very-eyes creative process, holding a collective breath as molten glass is transformed into a work of art and applauding when the piece is successfully completed—or groaning in sympathy if the glass falls to the floor.


Carefully crafted glass-blowing demonstrations are designed specifically for the school environment, with lesson plans and curriculum aligned with state standards (EALRs and GLEs). The Kids Design Glass and Spontaneous Design fascinate and educate young learners while they watch glass artists create work—designed by the students themselves! For grades 6 and up, hands-on lessons teach basic glass making skills, giving students the opportunity to create a float or paperweight!

Community Events

The Mobile Hot Shop will add a touch of magic to your community festival through the alchemy of glass! Choose a traditional glass-blowing demonstration or the crowd-pleasing Kids Design Glass or Spontaneous Design programs. Another program allows artists from your community to apply for a stint as a Mobile Hot Shop Visiting Artist, giving them an opportunity to create their own artwork with the Museum of Glass Team during your event.

Private Events

The Mobile Hot Shop is available for private functions. Live glassblowing will add an unforgettable dimension to any special event. From personal celebrations to corporate gatherings, your family, friends or employees will be thrilled to make their own work of art with the help of the Museum of Glass Team—or to watch as professional glassblowers create Venetian-style goblets. Glassblowing requires planning, communication and cooperation, a perfect exercise in team-building!


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Museum of Glass

1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, Washington 98402 - 3217

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Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

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