Learn Glass Blowing: A 2022 Guide to Glass Blowing Classes Near You and Online

By Marian Kret •  Updated: Mar 12, 2022 •  Guides

In this article, you will find a comprehensive list of in-person and online classes for learning glass blowing. Enjoy and happy crafting!

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Why an Article on the Best Glass Blowing Classes?

In my fairly extensive research and digging around I have realized that there is very little available on the web right now about finding classes and instruction for the various kinds of crafting. In fact, if you want to find the best classes for, in this case, learning how to blow glass, it might be quite a bit more difficult than you imagine.

So I thought it would be super helpful to put together a list of the best available glass blowing classes – including group and private lessons – for 16 cities and metro areas around the United States, and to include some of the best online classes and books as well. After all, glass classes are so much fun, and you can create such wonderful stuff, like a:

What Is Glass Blowing?

Glass blowing is the process, craft and art of melting sand or glass masses into a liquid form in a hot shop and blowing the molten glass into useful and/or beautiful glass art pieces using a blowpipe.

Glass blowing can be used to make create paperweights or pumpkins, clear glass or beautifully colored decorations like ornaments or light catchers, practical items or even purely abstract art pieces, and each blown glass piece ends up being beautiful and unique.

Although glass blowing is not as difficult as it might look, it is nonetheless a skilled art form with several highly critical steps:

This is an extremely over-simplified list of steps, and each one of them really requires both the right technique and the right touch – something as simple as when you gather glass can go terribly wrong or just flow beautifully.

That’s why getting the right instruction is so important in making your glass blowing experience more fun and more successful (not to mention safer), and why finding the right teachers and the right classes can make such a big difference.

What is the Best Way to Learn Glass Blowing?

I wanted to make sure that you could quickly and easily find the best glass blowing classes offered in your area, whether you want a one hour class or a whole course, an online class, a local class or private teacher, or even the best books on learning basic glass blowing, so I put together this guide to answer some basic questions:

For local classes, I will concentrate on 16 cities and their metropolitan areas, with two subsections for each city, and so you will find below the best glass blowing classes and the best private glass blowing teachers for the following cities:

Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis / Saint Paul, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle

Following the listings of best local classes I will mention a few of the very best online glass blowing courses you can take, and then recommend a few of my favorite books for teaching yourself how to blow glass.

What Are the Best Online Classes for Learning Glass Blowing in 2022?

Not everybody is able to go to physical classes, because of location, schedule, social distancing / enforced isolation, or other reasons. Luckily there are a lot of other good options, and online learning is one of the best – especially if you can find a good teacher, good course content and well produced classes.

You will, however, need to have your own basic making and safety equipment, which can be a relatively large expense, and with glass blowing in particular you have to be extremely careful about safety considerations and focus when viewing online courses or videos.

Here I’ll offer some of my favorite online learning platforms, and especially ones that are particularly good for learning various creative hobbies – which do require a certain approach, a particular type of teacher and teaching style and very clear visuals and instructions to be really successful.

So when people ask me specifically:

…based on my experience and feedback from lots of other makers in the community I have the following recommendations:

Revere Glass

I don’t find much of real value from the usual suspects – that is, the big and popular online learning platforms like Udemy, Skillshare and Domestika – at least, not for glass blowing. Revere Glass is a different story, though, with absolutely amazing online coursework covering all aspects of glass blowing on all levels. 

Revere Glass Online Classes

YouTube

It must be said that YouTube has some pretty amazing free content, and the Glass Blowing tutorials and classes are, or at least can be, pretty awesome. Another great thing about YouTube is the search engine, which when you’re searching for something as basic and popular as, say, “learning Glass Blowing” comes up with brilliant results right at the top of the page. 

But if that all isn’t easy enough for you, just click on this link and you’ll see what I mean!

YouTube “Learning Glass Blowing”

Also, please check out one of my favorite channels, Purr Glass, for an amazing range of very well made and well presented videos on blowing glass.

Purr Glass

What Are the Best Books for Learning Glass Blowing in 2022?

And I’ll close out this comprehensive online guide to the best resources for learning Glass Blowing with a short list of some of my favorite books on the subject. 

I had originally planned to list beginners and advanced books on glass blowing separately, but as I reviewed my own personal picks I realized that I greatly prefer books that offer both – ones that start at a basic, total beginner level, assuming no experience or knowledge, but also include advanced techniques, and often a lot of other resources, ideas and inspirations for people of all levels.

So while the first few books are really geared more at newbies, you will find that, even if you have no prior experience, any of these books will be a great choice and a wonderful resource.

What Are the Best Glass Blowing Classes Near Me in 2022?

Anybody can use one of the countless online specialty search services for finding places that offer hot glass classes – whether introductory courses focusing on how to melt and gather glass and blow it into pretty pieces or more advanced workshops – as well as private sessions, glass blowing clubs and open hot shop times.

In fact services like groupon or yelp do usually offer good, fairly complete and up to date listings of classes listed in the area – and you might even find a private class or teacher, or open shop time time. So you might want to check out some of the leading ones, like:

Usually these search services are really easy to use, by simply typing in what you’re looking for – “glass blowing classes” or “hot glass private parties” – and the area, city or state – “Monowi, Nebraska” or “New York, New York”- and then it’s just enter, wait and wade through the somewhat random listings.

Or, better yet, you can instead simply scroll down and find your area in the list below and try one of these recommendations. You can contact them to get any questions answered, find out when you can begin classes, what ages are appropriate and how much classes cost, and get information about their introductory course offerings, special workshops, future projects and more.

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Atlanta

Calvary Glass

385 Born Street

Lawrenceville, Georgia  30043

770-317-1945

Kelly@cavalryglass.com

Glassblowing Classes in 2022

Decatur Glassblowing

250 Freeman Street

Decatur, GA 30030

404-849=0301

natenardi@yahoo.com

Classes – Decatur Glassblowing

Hotlanta Glassblowing Studio

5873 New Peachtree Rd

Ste 100

Doraville, GA 30340

404-805-6786

hotlantaglass@hotmail.com

Hotlanta Glassblowing Studio Classes

Janke Glass Studio

659 Auburn Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30312

404-584-0305

jankeglass@gmail.com

Janke Studios Glassblowing Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Atlanta

Hotlanta Glassblowing Studio

5873 New Peachtree Rd

Ste 100

Doraville, GA 30340

404-805-6786

hotlantaglass@hotmail.com

Hotlanta Glassblowing Studio Classes

Calvary Glass

385 Born Street

Lawrenceville, Georgia  30043

770-317-1945

Kelly@cavalryglass.com

Glassblowing Classes in 2022

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Austin

Ghost Pepper Glass

979 Springdale Rd. #100

Austin, Texas 78702

512-766-5897

ghostpepperglass@gmail.com

Ghost Pepper – Take a Class

Glass Gallery Studio

12010 W Highway 290 Unit 150

Austin, TX 78737

737-209-0235

Glass Gallery Studio Group and Private Lessons

Salado Glassworks

#2 Peddler’s Alley, Salado, TX 76571

254-947-0339

info@saladoglassworks.com

Blow Your Own – Salado Glassworks TX

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Austin

Glass Gallery Studio

12010 W Highway 290 Unit 150

Austin, TX 78737

737-209-0235

Glass Gallery Studio Group and Private Lessons

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Boston

Diablo Glass School

123 Terrace St,

Boston, MA 02120

617-442-7444

info@diabloglassschool.com

Flameworking – Diablo Glass School

Luke Adams Glass Blowing Studio

83 Morse St Building 2

Norwood MA 06062

781-688-1521

lukeadamsglass@hotmail.com

Classes – Luke Adams Glass Blowing Studio

Mill City Glass Works

122 Western Ave. Studio 125

Lowell, Ma 01851

978-317-4756

info@millcityglassworks.com

MCGW – 2022 Classes

NOCA Glass School

147 Sherman Street

Cambridge, MA 02140

617-245-0350

nocaglassschool@gmail.com

Glass Blowing Classes – NOCA Glass School

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Boston

Diablo Glass School

123 Terrace St,

Boston, MA 02120

617-442-7444

info@diabloglassschool.com

Flameworking – Diablo Glass School

NOCA Glass School

147 Sherman Street

Cambridge, MA 02140

617-245-0350

nocaglassschool@gmail.com

Private Lessons – NOCA Glass School

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Chicago

Firebird Community Arts

2651 W. Lake Street

Chicago, IL 60612

773-907-0841

info@firebirdcommunityarts.org

Classes & Workshops | Firebird Community Arts

Patterson Glass

888 Tower Road,Unit E

Mundelein,IL

847-949-0013

ppglass@earthlink.net

Classes – Patterson Glass | Mundelein, IL

Pearl Dick

2651 W Lake Street

Chicago, IL 60612

pearl@firebirdcommunityarts.com

Teaching — Pearl Dick

Shatter Glass Group

3400 North Knox Avenue

Chicago, IL 60641

312-860-5454

info@shatterglassgroup.com

CLASSES | Shatter Glass Group

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Chicago

Pearl Dick

2651 W Lake Street

Chicago, IL 60612

pearl@firebirdcommunityarts.com

Teaching — Pearl Dick

Shatter Glass Group

3400 North Knox Avenue

Chicago, IL 60641

312-860-5454

info@shatterglassgroup.com

CLASSES | Shatter Glass Group

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Cincinnati

Neusole Glassworks

11925 Kemper Springs Dr,

Forest Park, OH 45240

513-751-3292

neusoleglassworks@hotmail.com

Classes | Neusole Glassworks

Ohio Glass Museum

124 W Main St

Lancaster, Ohio 43130

740-687-0101

museum@ohioglassmuseum.org

Ohio Glass Museum Glass Blowing Classes

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Cincinnati

Neusole Glassworks

11925 Kemper Springs Dr,

Forest Park, OH 45240

513-751-3292

neusoleglassworks@hotmail.com

Classes | Neusole Glassworks

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Dallas

Dallas Glass Art

1820 Irving Blvd

Dallas TX 75207

214-741-1442

classes@dallasglassart.com

Hands-On Glassblowing Classes| Dallas Glass Art

Sinaca Studios

1013 West Magnolia Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76104

817-899-0024

2022 Casses – SiNaCa Studios

Vetro Glassblowing

701 South Main Street #103

Grapevine, TX 76051

817-251-1668

Classes – Vetro Glassblowing

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Dallas

Dallas Glass Art

1820 Irving Blvd

Dallas TX 75207

214-741-1442

classes@dallasglassart.com

Hands-On Glassblowing Classes| Dallas Glass Art

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Denver

Agnes of Glass

2717 E 40th Ave

Denver, CO 80205

303-399-4066

agnesofglassworkshops@gmail.com

Glass Blowing Workshops

Denver Glass Academy

1556 S Broadway

Denver, CO 80210

info@denverglassacademy.com

Classes | Denver Glass Academy

Spectra Art Space

1836 S. Broadway

Denver, CO 80210

720-535-7244

Glass blowing classes available! – Spectra Art Space

The Furnace: a glassworks

11354 W 13th Ave Unit 6

Lakewood, CO 80215

303-274-0643  

info@FurnaceGlassworks.com

Classes – The Furnace: a glassworks

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Denver

Agnes of Glass

2717 E 40th Ave

Denver, CO 80205

303-399-4066

agnesofglassworkshops@gmail.com

Glass Blowing Workshops

Spectra Art Space

1836 S. Broadway

Denver, CO 80210

720-535-7244

Glass blowing classes available! – Spectra Art Space

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Detroit

epiphany studios

770 Orchard Lake Road

Pontiac, MI 48341

248-745-3786

Glassblowing How-it-Works | epiphany studios Hands-On

Glass Academy

25331 Trowbridge St

Dearborn, MI 48124

313-561-4527

Class Experiences: a FUN time at the Glass Academy

Michigan Hot Glass Workshop

1604 Clay Ave

Detroit, Michigan 48211

313-254-6900

mhgw83@gmail.com

Classes | Michigan Hot Glass Workshop

Walker St Glassworks

140 Water Street

Benton Harbor MI

269-925-5555

Workshops and Classes @ Walker Street for 2022

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Detroit

epiphany studios

770 Orchard Lake Road

Pontiac, MI 48341

248-745-3786

Glassblowing How-it-Works | epiphany studios Hands-On

Michigan Hot Glass Workshop

1604 Clay Ave

Detroit, Michigan 48211

313-254-6900

mhgw83@gmail.com

Classes | Michigan Hot Glass Workshop

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Kansas City

Belger Arts Glass Annex

1219 East 19th Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

tkimball@belgerartscenter.org

Glass Annex Classes — Belger Arts – KC,MO

Monarch Glass Studio

1919 E Truman

Kansas City, Missouri 64127

816-503-6326

tyler@monarchglassstudio.com

Private Events at Monarch

More than Lemons

424 Pennsylvania Avenue

Holton, KS, 66436

785-383-2849

Blow Your Own Glass – MorethanLemons

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Kansas City

Monarch Glass Studio

1919 E Truman

Kansas City, Missouri 64127

816-503-6326

tyler@monarchglassstudio.com

Private Events at Monarch

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Glass Center

141 Penn St.

El Segundo, CA 90245

310-462-9723

Extended Classes and Workshops — Los Angeles Glass Center

Los Angeles Glassblowing

351 East Beach Avenue

Inglewood, California 90302

424-255-8245

losangelesglass@gmail.com

Los Angeles Glassblowing Classes

The Glass Studio

11132 Fleetwood St

Sun Valley, CA 91352

323-387-9705

info@theglassstudio.net

Classes- The Glass Studio

Venice Glassworks

​1513 Pacific Avenue

Venice Beach, CA

323-423-2654

emglassworks123@gmail.com

Classes and Services – VENICE GLASSWORKS

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Los Angeles

KT Glassworks

5029 West Jefferson Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90016

808-371-8629

info@ktglassworks.com

Glassblowing Classes | KT Glassworks | Los Angeles

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts

2213 Snelling Avenue

Minneapolis, MN, 55404

612-759-8476

contact@mnglassart.org

Glass Blowing Classes in Minneapolis | FOCI

Potek Glass

2505 NE Howard St Suite C

Minneapolis, MN 55418

612-281-7243

info@potekglass.com

Glass Blowing, Fusing and Flameworking Classes

Skylab Glass Arts

8838 7th Ave N

Golden Valley, MN

763-205-4032

david@skylabglassarts.com

Classes — Skylab Glass Arts

Vandalia Glassworks

103 Concord Exchange N

South Saint Paul, MN 55075

651-744-0000

info@vandaliaglassworks.com

Glass Blowing Classes In Our St. Paul Studio | Vandalia Glassworks

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Potek Glass

2505 NE Howard St Suite C

Minneapolis, MN 55418

612-281-7243

info@potekglass.com

Glass Blowing, Fusing and Flameworking Classes

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in New York

Brooklyn Glass

142 13th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

718-569-2110

info@brooklynglass.com

Classes @ Brooklyn Glass

Morris County School of Glass

89 Whippany Road 

Morristown,  NJ  07690

973-734-0900

info@mcsog.com

MCSG Glassblowing Classes

Scanlan Glass

499 Van Brunt St.#2A

Brooklyn, NY 11231

718-369-3645

2022 Classes | Scanlan Glass

Urban Glass

647 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

718-625-3685

info@urbanglass.org

Classes | UrbanGlass

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in New York

Scanlan Glass

499 Van Brunt St.#2A

Brooklyn, NY 11231

718-369-3645

2022 Classes | Scanlan Glass

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Philadelphia

East Falls Glassworks

3510 Scotts Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19129

215-908-7924

info@eastfallsglass.com

Education | East Falls Glassworks

Michael Peluso Glass

6322 Schoolhouse Road

Elizabethtown Pa 17022

717-608-4661

Michael@michaelpeluso.com

Glass Blowing Classes | Glass Blower Pa | Michael Peluso | 717-608-4661

The Crefeld School Glass Studio

8836 Crefeld St

Philadelphia, PA 19118

215.242.5545

glassstudio@crefeld.org

The Crefeld Glass Studio

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Philadelphia

East Falls Glassworks

3510 Scotts Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19129

215-908-7924

info@eastfallsglass.com

Education | East Falls Glassworks

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Phoenix

Phoenix Glass Center

2812 East Illini Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85040

602-390-0493

info@phoenixglasscenter.com

Classes for 2022

Sonoran Glass School

633 W 18th Street

Tucson, AZ 85701

520-884-7814

info@sonoranglass.org

Sonoran Glass School Glassblowing Classes

The Melting Point

1449 West State Route 89A

Sedona, Arizona 86336

928-554-4754​

Glassblowing Classes in Sedona – The Melting Point

Mesa Arts Center

One East Main St

Mesa, AZ 85201

480.644.6500

Arts Classes – Stained Glass – Mesa, Arizona

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Phoenix

Phoenix Glass Center

2812 East Illini Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85040

602-390-0493

info@phoenixglasscenter.com

Classes for 2022

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in San Francisco

Bay Area Glass Institute

635 Phelan Ave

San Jose, CA

408-993-2244

studio@bagi.org

Classes – Bay Area Glass Institute

Design with Fire

518 Glide Ave Suites K-N

West Sacramento, CA 95691

530-400-8113

linneaw@sbcglobal.net

Glass Blowing — Design with Fire

Public Glass

1750 Armstrong Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94124

415-671-4916

info@publicglass.org

CLASSES | Public Glass

The Crucible

1260 7th St

Oakland, CA 94607

510-444-0919

info@thecrucible.org

Glass Blowing Classes | Learn to Blow Glass | The Crucible

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in San Francisco

Design with Fire

518 Glide Ave Suites K-N

West Sacramento, CA 95691

530-400-8113

linneaw@sbcglobal.net

Glass Blowing — Design with Fire

The Best Local Group Classes / Workshops for Learning Glass Blowing in Seattle

Art by Fire

195 Front St. N

Issaquah, WA 98027

425-996-8867

info@artbyfire.com

Classes / Experiences | Art by Fire Glass Gallery and School

Blowing Sands Glass Studio

5805 14th Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107

206-783-5314

blowingsands@hotmail.com

Blowing Sands Classes

Pratt Fine Arts Center

1902 South Main Street

Seattle WA 98144

206-328-2200

Glassblowing Classes | Pratt Fine Arts Center , Seattle

Seattle Glassblowing Studio

2227 5th Ave

Seattle WA 98121

206.448.2181

info@seattleglassblowing.com

Experiences – Seattle Glassblowing Studio

Tacoma Glassblowing Studio

114 S. 23rd Street

Tacoma, WA 98402

253-948-9699

tgsglass@gmail.com

Glass Blowing Classes Tacoma WA

The Best Private Classes / Teachers for Learning Glass Blowing in Seattle?

Art by Fire

195 Front St. N

Issaquah, WA 98027

425-996-8867

info@artbyfire.com

Classes / Experiences | Art by Fire Glass Gallery and School

Seattle Glassblowing Studio

2227 5th Ave

Seattle WA 98121

206.448.2181

info@seattleglassblowing.com

Experiences – Seattle Glassblowing Studio

Thanks so much for reading my article! I hope that this guide to the best resources for learning how to blow glass has been helpful, and that you have found what you are looking for – whether it be a helpful and fun class in your area, a great online platform for learning basic skills or advanced techniques, or the best glass blowing books. I also hope you end up making a really great blown glass piece – something useful, some beautiful glass art piece or something tht’s a little of both!

And please let me know if you have your own favorite local class – in one of our featured cities or anywhere else – or if there are any online resources or books that you like, so I can expand this article and make it even better and more useful!

You might also be interested in our other articles in this series, which follow the exact same format in listing the best local crafting classes, the best online crafting courses and the best books for several other types of creative hobbies. You can access any of them simply by clicking the links below, or by visiting our website – Art Side of Life. Thanks again, and good crafting!

Hi, I am Marian (pronounced |mar·e·ahn|). I am a crafter, tech & business manager, and the founder of Art Side of Life™. I've been doing all kinds of crafts since I was a kid, testing different tools and supplies. I love the process of creating something out of nothing and through the articles on our website I want to contribute to your creative journey.

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