Artist-Hosted Tour of Torpedo Factory Art Center and Hands-On Glassworking Experience

Torpedo Factory Arts Center

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In a Nutshell

Glass artist Alison Sigethy shows off her facility and process to small, intimate groups before teaching you how to make your own piece

The Fine Print

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The Deal

  • $40 for one admission to a tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center and hands-on glassworking experience with Alison Sigethy
  • Available on the following dates and times:
    • Saturday, August 9 from 4–6 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 10 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 16 from 4–6 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 23 from 4–6 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 24 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 30 from 4–6 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 6 from 4–6 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 7 from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center was originally a torpedo factory built by the U.S. Navy for use during World War II. In 1974, the city renovated the old factory into an art collective that now hosts 82 artists' studios, as well as galleries, workshops, and an archaeology museum.

Each event is capped at 10 purchasers.


What You'll Do

Let's be honest: it's fun to break stuff on purpose. For Alison Sigethy, it's more than that. It's also the first step in her artistic process. After introducing small groups to her fellow artists in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, she'll reveal how smashed bottles, windows, and glasses can be salvaged and transformed into intricate, organic objets d'art.

  • Tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center
    Alison Sigethy gives you a backstage view of this busy art center and introduces you to some of the artists who call it home.

  • Glassworking Demonstration
    In Alison's studio, students discover how she transforms salvaged glass—such as bottles and windows—into beautiful organic sculptures.

  • Hands-On Glassworking Project
    Create a small sculpture to take home using a few basic glassworking techniques.


Your Host

Alison Sigethy Alison Sigethy
Eco Glass Artist

Filled with bubbles, glowing light, and intricate sea creatures, Alison's Sea Core Bubble Tubes look like living aquariums—but the artist actually crafted everything from glass. They're the kind of nature-inspired pieces that typify her work, which incorporates salvaged materials. Since becoming a full-time glass artist in 2003, she's been honored as a Smithsonian Presents speaker and a featured artist in The Phillips Collection’s museum shop.


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    Torpedo Factory Arts Center

    105 N Union St.

    #15

    Alexandria, VA 22314

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