Glass, like a birdhouse-of-cards or the emotions of a teenage senator, is fragile. Handle today's Groupon with care: for $15, you get your own "Large Blow-a-Bubble" at Hot Sand Glass Studio, located on the Asbury Park boardwalk (a $30 value).
Hot Sand Glass Studio promotes the art of glass by allowing students to make their own molten-sand creations. Blowers in training can peruse the gallery of works by professional glassblowers for artistic inspiration. After selecting a suitable hue, you'll hunker down on the gaffer’s bench with an experienced glass-smith to huff and puff your bubble into existence. Gather molten glass from the furnace, blow air into it at the end of a pipe, and use jacks and water to break off your fully inflated bubble. It only takes about 20 minutes to give your creation life, but the satisfaction it will bring to you and the terror it will strike into the hearts of villagers will last a lifetime. After the orb cools, studio artisans will process your finished piece to remove any sharp edges and irksome personality traits before you pick up your masterpiece two days later, after 3 p.m. For an additional charge, you can add colors and design elements.
Hot Sand’s studio buzzes with activity as instructors dip pipes into molten glass and then demonstrate how to blow the globs into recognizable shapes. Nearby, other students work on finishing their pieces, refining contours atop wooden blocks and polishing surfaces on a diamond wheel. Hot Sand's glass-blowing artists impart these techniques through basic walk-in experiences and immersive workshops, showing guests how to craft objects such as candy dishes, pumpkin-shaped ornaments, or one-time-use dodgeballs. Welcoming visitors of all ages, Hot Sand earned the distinction as a top kids' destination in New Jersey Monthly's 2012 Jersey Choice awards. The studio also expands the aesthetic tastes of the community through a gallery that showcases original works for sale.
1200 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712Get Directions