Located in the historic Snead Manufacturing building, Glassworks has provided the crystal-curious public with a glimpse into the delicate art of glass blowing, flameworking, and architectural glasswork for more than 10 years. Walk-in workshops are offered seven days a week and equip students of all skill levels with the tools and techniques needed to craft their own glass keepsakes such as sun catchers ($21–$28), medium-sized vases ($40), and clocks ($55/small, $65/large). Students skilled at cooling molten oatmeal can put their expert exhales to better use in a glass-blowing class taught by one of Glassworks' resident artists. Emerging artisans employ ancient techniques and modern technology to sculpt hot silica into customized vases ($60), mugs ($80), eggs ($40), and ornaments ($40). Glass-blowing classes change seasonally and are by appointment only.
The style-savvy staff at Red Tree helps homeowners to embellish abodes with distinct, antique-style décor, solid mahogany furniture, and other regularly changing inventory items imported from around the globe. Made by hand from kiln-dried mahogany, Red Tree end tables, china cabinets, and chairs are draped in hand-painted finishes or fabrics chosen from an eclectic collection.
Eight showrooms residing on two floors allow shoppers to peruse kitchen, office, and bedroom furniture, mirrors, bookcases, and knick-knacks. In gratitude for its harvests of rich mahogany, Red Tree peppers international communities with live trees as part of a tree-planting initiative and a trade treaty signed with Mother Nature. So far, as part of its commitment to the environment, Red Tree has planted more than 300,000 trees.
One of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the United States, Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art for the home and kitchen since 1815.
On the Stoneware Art Factory tour, follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece. Pick from a wide selection of pottery pieces and use the same tools and glazes as Stoneware?s artisans, to decorate your own masterpiece. Once complete, your piece will be glazed and fired by Stoneware staff. After its time in the kiln, it?ll be ready for pick-up in about 7 to 10 business days. Allow 1 to 2 hours.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky the art factory in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood offers tours twice a day Monday through Friday and a paint your own pottery experience and retail store Monday through Saturday.
Casey Hyland's passion for creativity has led him to craft schools all around the United States. He parlayed a knack for drawing into a knack for conceptualizing and blowing intricate glass pieces. Eventually, he landed back in Louisville, his hometown, where he opened Hyland Glass in 2002. There, Casey designs contemporary hand-blown glass objects both for pure aesthetic joy and for all kinds of occasions. More than just reserving the space for his own creative endeavors, Casey opens the studio up to others and offers glass-blowing classes. During these sessions, groups craft seasonally themed treasures such as raindrops in the spring, sun discs in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, and abstract representations of endless darkness and frigidity in the winter.
Farms as minuscule as a thousand acres to gardens as grand as a few square feet can find all the necessary growing goods at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply, a retailer committed to sustainable and organic products. If it’s uber-fresh, satisfying salads you crave, stock up on OMRI–certified SunGro black gold soil ($7.97), then select some seeds, such as tomato ($3.50), lettuce ($3.50 and up), radish ($3.50 and up), and pick out a few tools of the trade, such as a stainless steel trowel ($15.95) for digging, pruning saw ($29.99) for clipping unwanted growth, or a compost fork ($54.95) for accessorizing with your Neptune costume. Plant these soon-to-be sprouts and patiently nurture the growing shoots, playing them classic rock and talking to them in their sleep, until the proud day arrives that every parental figure secretly dreads—when offspring move away from home and into stomachs.