Glass Academy

West Downtown Dearborn

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Experienced glass artisans help students manipulate molten glass to make a paperweight

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Glass Academy - West Downtown Dearborn: $49 for a Weekday or Weekend Intro to Glassblowing Class at Glass Academy ($100 Value)

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After some quick demonstrations, an instructor works with four students at a time as students do the “big bubble blow” and work with hot glass to make a paperweight. The hour-long class is followed by an optional but included tour, group instruction, and gallery shopping, with the entire experience lasting up to two and a half hours. Students take home their finished pieces, which are available for pickup after cooling for 24 hours.

Glass Academy

Since the visionary artistic husband-and-wife team of Chris Nordin and Michelle Plucinsky began Glass Academy, the state-certified glass-arts trade school has instilled glassblowing and other silica-shaping know-how into community members. The studio leads classes for all skill levels of craftsmen, ranging from introductory sessions to private lessons with a master glassblower. An on-site gallery showcases the fruits of their labors, which customers take home once they are completed. Handcrafted, custom works such as paperweights, beer mugs, and signature piece Detroit Puddle, created by pouring hot glass over a sewer cap, are available for purchase.

When not shaping delicate masterpieces, the staff shares their love of art with the outside world, leading educational tours of their 14,000-square-foot studio space. They also host gatherings including parties with demonstrations and explanations of the glass-blowing process as well as corporate training events, during which employees participate in a team-building, hands-on workshop. Glass Academy frequently hosts other fun events and fundraisers, including beer tastings, coffee nights, and drop-in workshops.


99% of 129 customers recommend

It's fun!
Mark A. · May 11, 2016
My boyfriend and I went here for a date, and we had a lot of fun. We got a tour of the warehouse, tried out glassblowing, and got to make our own Tavalo leaves, using the colors that we want and designed them how we wanted. The instructors were incredibly kind and helpful. They respected all of the students in the class, and answered all questions! We had a great time!
Rebecca H. · February 5, 2016
So much fun! Worth every penny!
Regan G. · January 19, 2016

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