What You'll Get
- $65 for one admission to a glass-blowing workshop with glassblower Brent Rogers
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
- Attendees should wear close-toed shoes and natural fiber clothing, and bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated in the studio’s heat.
The workshop will be held at Chicago Hot Glass in Humboldt Park.
Each event is capped at 12 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
Humans have been sculpting and blowing glass since 2,000 BCE, if not earlier. Over the course of three hours, you’ll try your hand at this ancient art form as a pair of instructors explains the basic process and helps you make your own cup, bowl, or paperweight. With one-on-one guidance, you’ll add your own choice of colors to your glass creation, which you can pick up 48 hours following the session.
The session’s two teachers kick things off with a safety orientation, followed by a demonstration.
Blow Your Own Glass Creation
With some one-on-one help from an instructor, you’ll pick a color, block the glass, heat it up, and then blow it into shape—unless you’re making a paperweight, which involves heat-shaping but no blowing.
Your masterpiece needs time to cool, so pick it up 48 hours after the class, or talk to the instructors about shipping options.
While decorating the White House for the holiday season in 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama pulled talent from her native Chicago. When the arrangements were finally put together, the Christmas trees in the East Room sparkled brilliantly thanks in part to the 120 ornaments made by glassblower Brent Rogers. Although his ornaments were a hit in D.C., he’s better known in Chicago for his commissioned art pieces and hands-on workshops. Brent started blowing glass at the age of 15, and expanded his skill set by working in Seattle glass factories, serving an internship with Benjamin Moore, and earning degrees from the Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Art Center.
The Fine Print