INTRODUCING OPERATION ZEN

Our veterans program aimed to help aid active service members or veterans.

Operation Zen is our Veterans program aimed to help aid active service members or veterans learn to express themselves in an artistic manner. We’re providing an artistic outlet with glass for service members to create, experiment, be artistic, and find their own personal zen space.

Operation Zen was founded by retired Marine and Zen Glass Studio student Chris Stowe. As a former bomb disposal technician, Chris did several combat deployments that left him with a wide range of health issues such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety, and depression. After several attempts at relief through traditional mental health therapies, they failed to provide relief, Chris found an art therapy program that helped him explore his artistic side and express his emotions in a positive way.

Eventually finding glass blowing, Chris immediately knew that the lessons he learned in glass blowing applied to his personal healing, and could be helpful to other military members and veterans struggling to find help and positive outlets for their own personal issues as well. Operation Zen is an attempt to offer this opportunity to others in need.

Participants have a range of course and experience options to chose from.  From single hour introductory lessons all the way to more in-depth multi-month courses, Operation Zen aims to help military and veteran members find their center and to provide a positive creative outlet for their personal journey, whatever that may be.

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If you or someone you know may be interested in joining Operation Zen please fill out the contact form here https://goo.gl/forms/u4h5RJvXgsSv59Nd2 .  Feel free to stop by the studio any time we’re open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.

Veterans Night, we offer free glassblowing workshops for those who have served & a guest, every Second Monday of the month from 6 – 9pm.  Get your tickets here https://book.peek.com/s/83ed8428-3395-45ce-808a-36f5878cb5d4/qzy8q

Or click button to “Purchase Tickets” below.

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TESTIMONIALS

What people say about us.

Place is simply awesome! Great people over there!!

John Cullen

It was so much fun.. My husband and I had a great time

Tee Richardson

Amazing experience! I don’t think it’s possible to have a bad time here

Stacy Tibbetts
Jackie Ballard
Teresa Renfroe

Me an my wife had a blast!👍🏻

Marty Cavalari

Enjoyed making my wine glass stem, was a little nervous at first but David was an awesome instructor. Will be doing another work shop

Elva Helmick

Josh is a great instructor! He took his time with us and made the session fun. Definitely recommend him and his studio. I have a new found respect for this art. It’s amazing!

Karla Bellido Cirizola

Had a fantastic time making my our beer glass. Looking forward to taking classes

Lynne Weise

We had a great experience at Zen Glass! Josh was friendly and patient with us, talking us through the process. We can’t wait to go back! Highly recommend this as a fun activity, date night, birthday celebration, etc! We had no experience at all and we enjoyed ourselves!

Melinda Lloyd

Josh was amazing. very relatable and welcoming from the minute we got there. it was a surprise for me so kinda didn’t know what to do, but he explained and gave us examples and really made it a memory for us. looking forward to our next visit already.

Matthew Dodsworth
Sandy Bellino

This was on my husband’s bucket list…super cool experience!!! Definitely recommend & will do again!

Catherine Cook Denninger

zen is an amzing place 2 become an artist or just look @ some amazing glass . DAVE & Josh are super skilled and knowledgeable .

Casey Vanmaaren

Very friendly . Helpful. Awesome studio.

Brooke Awad

Great time with a group of 14!

Danielle Elizabeth Beckmann

The class was Lots of fun.

Renee Amstadt Falkner

everyone there is friendly and helpful. Love that I get to create something with my bare hands ??? its fun

Jen More

Great place to take a glass class and a great place to teach one. Some very kind professional people host a myriad of glass opportunities. I will be back!

Fahan Sky McDonagh

Fantastic experience with Josh Poll. Would highly recommend it! Can’t wait to see my piece.

Sue Rosetti
Sean Dunn
Brian Underwood
AJ Harris

Great fun place to learn about working with glass

Bonnie Mcc

Something fun and unique to do with the Besties ❤️ The owner and the workers are very helpful?

Dolly O'Conner

We had such an amazing time at Zen glass studio!! Josh was patient and helpful! We will definitely be back!

Amanda Moore
Joe Wareham
James Pelt
Elwood Schnick

Absolutely had the best time making our own pipes! He said that was the most fun he’d had on a birthday! We most definitely will be back!!!

Paige Morton

My daughter got to work w glass!! So wonderful!!!

Erin Koprevich

Great place to hang out and melt. I took my wife there for veterans night and she had a blast!!!
If you haven’t already, check it out!

Thomas Boggs

We had a great knowledgable instructor

Marjorie Ann Grilli

Awesome place!! Great teachers!!

Tricia Hines Jones

Feel right at home here…long live zen glass studios

Steven Helms
Pamela Widlak

Austin was amazing and very helpful. He made the class so much fun. We will definitely return for another

Susie Trudel

A great place for a cool weekend activity! We had a blast!!

Brendan Hughes

Austin was so patient and fun. My mom wasn’t to sure about what we were doing but he put her at ease. We had a blast and made a great memory!!! Thanks Austin!!!

Dana Ritz

best place in florida to learn glass working

Kevin Tillotson
Elyse Scott

my wife and I had an excellent time creating our own wine glasses! I highly recommend attending one of their classes, great atmosphere with friendly down to earth people.

Dominic Bailey

Lots of fun,people friendly and helpful want to do it again

Belinda Baxter

My wife and I participated in a pendant workshop on October 15, 2016 with instructor, Katy. It was fun to learn how glass pendants are made and to try to make a few pendants. We were able to practice with combining different colors of glass and also trying to make different shapes. Katy was great as an instructor! I have a lot of respect for the process of glass making.

Mark Lytle
Robert Phillips

I had a great time with u guys!
Great class nice people, hope to see you soon again !! From Puerto Rico ✌

Sugey Avila Nieves

Had a great time with hubby and friends, thanks Austin!

Leigh Ann

It was an awesome experience. Being that it was my first time I was a little nervous. But luck was on my side because we had Austin helping us and explaining every step of the wonderful process. I was supper happy with my wine glass and so were my friends! Austin rocks !!! Give it a try …. you will not regret this amazing experience ❤️?

Paula Martins-Ogden

Just went to this studio because I had seen an event advertised called nude night. We were expecting artists, a glass blowing demonstration, body paint, and figure model sketching. When we arrived for the event two friendly gregarious staff members greeted us with the unfortunate news that the event had been cancelled. We were disappointed to miss what we had expected, but the friendly lady with blue hair and her jovial coworker were so welcoming and fun we had a good time anyways!

Marlee Gnar

Great introduction to making glass! Staff was very welcoming.

Tomas Gonzalez

Thanks for accomodating our crazy group today! We had a blast and will be back!!

Paula R. Tripp

Josh is my wife’s cousin. Amazing man & an amazing artist.

Josh Orender
Courtney Koske

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday, awesome experience the instructors were all great, they checked in and were able to guide you in the right direction. I would definitely recommend going here if your looking for something fun and unique.

Ashley Larson

Had such a blast! Staff was friendly! Got awesome one-of-a-kind wine glasses out of it!

Andrea Renee Dale

If you are itching for an adventure, look no further! I cannot say enough positive things about this experience. Josh went above and beyond to endure that we felt safe with social distancing, plenty of sanitizer and plexiglass between stations. He is very knowledgeable of his craft and helped us create exactly what we wanted. Already looking forward to our next trip

Kelly Dodsworth

We attended a wineglass workshop and had a great time. Everyone was very helpful and patient with us while we were figuring things out and soaking in all of the information. It made for a unique and fun girls afternoon out! Looking forward to a “cheers” with our new stemware!

Jennifer Chadwell

Great group of people! Awesome experience!

Melissa Yelle'

Great vibe love glass art and they are very helpful def will be back

Jacquie Catone

We had a blast at the studio. Highly recommend taking a glass blowing class.

Brandi Mills

My boyfriend and I had an amazing date night here! It was so fun. Such a different and exciting date.

Megan Denton Hurt

Austin was AWSOME! We had a blast making wine glasses – so much we signed up for another workshop the following week. I highly recommend this class!
Jill, Wes and Jasmine

Jill Saarela

Best family fun experience! Austin and Josh were amazing to work with. Thanks Guys!

Josh Denley

We had an awesome experience making crag beer glasses today, wonderful way to zen out.

Jess Acosta

wicked fun and entertaining,

Leo Lamontagne

Josh Poll & David Walker did such an awesome job in honoring my brother! Had some beautiful pendants & a pocket piece made with cremations & some outstanding paper weights too. Can’t put into words what it feels like to have & only know I have felt a definite peace.

Jill Pach-Stanford

I did the make your own wine glass workshop for my birthday, and it was by far the most amazing experience I have had. Austin is an amazing instructor I will definitelybe going back. Thank You!!

LaChrisha Lewis

zen is an amazing place 2 become an artist or just look @ some amazing glass. DAVE & Josh are super skilled and knowledgeable.

Tim Keogh

Austin was a very good teacher and funny. Had a fun and great experience and going to go back to make some more works of art.

James Bonis

Zen glass is an amazing place. My friends and myself went on Saturday and had a blast. Katy and the staff were friendly and very informative. We did the make your own wine glass. Also if you have a chance check out their gallery of work. All of their pieces are simply stunning. I can’t wait to come back.

Kathryn Cochran

Great personalized experience. I learned a lot and had a blast. Josh is customer focused, witty and a pleasure to be coached by. I’ll be sharing and encouraging others to signup.

Alan R Weary

Me an my wife had a blast!??

Marty Cavalari

this place will literally changer your life for the better 🙂

Eric Derouen

I 😘You………………………………………

Stephan Hagström

zen is an amazing place 2 become an artist or just look @ some amazing glass. DAVE & Josh are super skilled and knowledgeable.

Dan Gaede

Had a great time celebrating my other sister birthday! I highly recommend it and appreciate all of the team. Great gift shop for a unique gift.

Bo Bomar

The best places in the state for classes, camaraderie, and overall good glass vibes. Knowledgeable, friendly staff and a plenty of bench space. They also have a wonderful gallery full of beautiful work from tons of artists. Zen Glass really is a jewel of Florida.

Travis Tyler

Hard working vision within the craft of art. And dedicated to the community.

Ray Shakes

My husband and I had a great experience at a wine glass workshop today with Austin. Great way to experience something new and cool on a Sunday afternoon. Our wine glasses are so unique and we can’t wait to drink out of them. Thanks Austin! We will recommend you to all our friends.

Michelle Wheeler
Lourenda Buchanan Cooper

Absolutely wonderful place to see and try something new! Our family of four had a great experience and would do it again in a heartbeat! My wife and I made wine glasses and our children made their own abstract art. We couldn’t have had a better time! Thank you Dave for an amazing afternoon! We will see you the next time we’re in Florida!

Melissa Burns

The class was Lots of fun. 😊

Renee Amstadt Falkner

AWESOME! So fun and great teaching by Josh and Co

Lisa S Doeshair

Great classes!! Great people.I love going here one of my favorites.

Kenneth G Rosenwald II

The person that helped us was awesome, patient, funny and nice. Definitely will be coming back

Alicja J Krzyżanowska
Shawn Fugate

Thank you Austin!! We really had fun today!!

Jenifer Bradford Drozky

Thanks to KATY and JOSH for making my birthday weekend simply wonderful by going the extra mile!
Mike &Jozette Spina

Michael A. Spina
Cindy Keene

It was an awesome experience. Being that it was my first time I was a little nervous. But luck was on my side because we had Austin helping us and explaining every step of the wonderful process. I was supper happy with my wine glass and so were my friends! Austin rocks !!! Give it a try …. you will not regret this amazing experience ❤️🍷

Paula Martins-Ogden

We had such a great time would love to do more great teacher

Debra Krause

My friend and I attended a class today. We had such a great time. David was an excellent teacher. He was very personable and made it so fun! We will definitely be back!

Erin Macdonald

Awesome! Hubby and I had so much fun playing with glass and fire. Katie was the best with helping us create our glasses. Thank you for offering the workshop.

Robin Rosenbaum

Took a chance on a Groupon for our first visit. Enjoyed it so much we went back a second time. Staff/instructors were really attentive. A fun experience. Highly recommend.

Mark Walther

Lots of fun and easy to do. Great teachers, I highly recommend anyone that has any interest in trying this, go for it, you won’t be disappointed .

Christine Chilicas

zen is an amzing place 2 become an ar7is7 or jus look @ some amazing glass . DAVE @ Josh are super skilled and knowledgable .

Casey Vanmaaren
Brian Longstreth

What a freaking blast! My mom bought this experience on Groupon for us (group of 4) and we had so much fun making the stems of our wine glasses! Austin was patient, super helpful, and did an excellent job not only explaining what we should be doing but also entertaining us. 10/10 would go again.

Katelyn Rodocker

I ?You………………………………………

Stephan Hagström

Amazing people and atmosphere! If you love glass definitely go check out Zen!

Sherie Means

Very friendly, helpful people. Most interesting and we had a great time! Would recommend it as a great addition to your Florida vacation!

Kay C Muehlhausen

Perfect name for this amazing space! Knowledgeable, kind, and fun folks just enjoying everything glass. Check them out, you’ll be happy you did.

Jona Valentine

Highly reccomend this place. Our instructor Dave made it very fun and relaxed. He was very eager to help and answer all our question and gave us enough space to have fun and be silly while providing a safe environment.

Allona Sicotte

Had a great experience with the staff making champagne flute glasses that we plan to use in our upcoming wedding. Will be going back again!

Mark Senko

Amazing fun!! Had an great time with friends

Denise Coyle

Bought a session through Groupon, had a great time…I think we might go back!

Diane Groner Kelly
Jon Adams

I went for the wine glass workshop and had a great time. I was solo so I had Josh’s full attention. I created a glass that I will enjoy for many years to come. I also bought a beautiful necklace for my mom’s birthday.

Stacye J. Stewart

We had a great experience here making some wine glasses.

Matthew Mabbitt

Very “cool” actually HOT!!!

Rich Harmon

This was so fun! Austin was great and took so much time with us. I can’t wait to come back and do it again.

Tracy Deanne

Today my work partner in crime and I took our amazing customer service team for a class on pendant and bead making – they had so much fun! Josh & team were so patient with the 4 of us and really let us experiment and explore the artists inside. I was proud of both our girls – Karin and I need more practice heehee. This was 100% an awesome time and highly recommend it!!!

Amy Jo
IsthisJohn FromWrecsam

What a great experience! The guys working there were super kind! Highly recommend!!

Harriette Casteel Carlton

We had such a great time, I definitely want to come back and do more!

Kelly Muir

What an awesome experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone. So friendly and relaxed. Thank you for a wonderful experience (~);}

Steve Martin

Just Awesome Thank you to our Teacher Josh my Wife and I Had a Great time.

John Bowen
Amanda Patrizzi

We had a great time today making our own martini glasses. The owners were friendly and very knowledgeable, so the whole experience was a lot of fun. They also have really nice pieces for sale to accentuate your home. We’d highly recommend going there to anyone looking for something fun and different to do!

Mark Elkin

My cousin Josh is amazing at glass work. Definitely hit him up! 🙂

Katie Orender

Great experience. Austin was FANTASTIC! We just finished less than an hour ago so pics have yet been posted. Highly recommend.

Guy DeFazio
Bonnie Izor Ball

Such a fun afternoon! Highly recommend!!

Lisa Stoffels Hopper

GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL STUDIO…………..

Haik Kartashian

Great atmosphere and very friendly instructors. Much more fun than we thought we were going to have. Thanks Austin!

Jess Whitehouse

What an awesome place, with a super low key, but awesome time!

Amy Schumacher

Absolutely incredible experience!!! So perfect for date night or company team building…so much fun!!

Mindy Emerson Hunley

Our family had so much fun creating our Glass
Our instructors were great!!
We took our teenage boys ~ the whole family had a great time
Thanks for some rainy day fun!!

Mary-Jo MacDonald Wall

We had a great time at the studio! They were patient with us and let us get as creative as we could. Definitely coming back!

Angie Molloy Black

I spent a few minutes with Josh telling him my background and what I wanted to get from the class. He took me through a few ‘basics’ and I was off and running. Fantastic experience and I look forward to coming back the next time I’m in town.

Geof Kozel

My mother and I took a class with Katy, it was awesome! Thanks Katy!

Лесли Велтер

GREAT TIME. Would do it again in a heartbeat! Great way to learn the art

Joe Dougherty Jr.

The owners are wonderful and love teaching.

Lynn Taylor

Cool place…loved seeing how they blow glass up close

April Alexander

A great family environment!! Excellent food!! If you looking for great environment and food I would absolutely recommend Zen great restaurant!!

Mika Mila Vucic

Lots of fun trying something new. New appreciation for glass blowing!! Awesome time and cool teachers that make it easier and you can’t do anything wrong.

Robert Denninger

My sister and I made wine glasses.
All the staff were so welcoming and informative. They made sure we had a good experience and made a successful project.
So much fun!
We definitely plan to come take another workshop! Cheers!

Karen Cairns

So much fun! What a wonderful gift for you to have blessed Mother’s Day with! We enjoyed it very much and plan to return again in the future! Thank you!

Patti Monahan
Eric Lizotte
Mona Carbone

Absolutely, I had a great time. planning a group to return. Didn’t know what to expect, this totally exceeded anything I thought.

Laure Hartman

Great fun. Instructors have a good sense of humor and patience galore!

Susan Neville

It was a wonderful experience that we be going back to make more.

Michelle Keener
David Eppler

definitely recommend for a day out. nice date idea. staff was helpful and sociable! 🙂

Sandy Bhagwandeen Girwar-Nath

best glass studio in southeast

Al Bo

Great time!

Stephanie Ehl

zen is an amzing place 2 become an ar7is7 or jus look @ some amazing glass . DAVE @ Josh are super skilled and knowledgable .

Casey Vanmaaren

Met some cool people at the show in Miami got the big coin from Josh aka Jash. And what a good bunch of salesman Zen had there. Makes me want to learn how to blow glass. Thanks, Josh and Zen btw thanks Jb and thank your girlfriend for the lil cupcake

Lola Cunningham
April Rose Morningstar

Everyone there is friendly and helpful. Love that I get to create something with my bare hands 🥰🥰🥰 its fun

Jen More
Charlotte Coffey
Johnny Cee

Kind hearted education. Welcoming and all around awesome people, hope to spend more time there, so much to learn!

Michael J Salisbury

Thanks so much to Christian for making the ornament workshop so easy! They have some fabulous works of art in their gallery and the service is superb! Can’t wait to see how our hand blown ornaments came out. I’m grateful to Christian for explaining how the color combos might look. Will be back!

Julie Wells
Austin Buchanan

Very fun experience. Definitely makes you appreciate the custom glassware you see.

Thomas Larson

This was such a fun glass. I had a great date day! and our glasses came out great! thank you Austin for making our day enjoyable. definitely coming back! Austin was a great instructor.

Beijo Flor

Awesome!!!!
My husband loved it!!!

Carmen L Green

Austin is a person who is real to the teaching of …” people listen and watch … !”
it was informative and exciting..
Austin was fun and attentive..!
I am attending another appointment..!

Teri Salazar

Everybody was so nice and helpful. Had a blast. Everybody should try this at least once!

Lisa Rude

We had a great time today. Staff was incredible and helpful! Thanks

Blair Commons

Awesome experience! Josh and Austin were great. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Hannah Stephens Denley

Awesome workshop and great instruction. Me and my wife loved it.

Christopher Dunn

If you are looking for something unique and fun to do for a few hours this was a fun experience.

Would highly recommend.

Sandra Lynn

For two ladies with introverted testing anxiety the Beginner’s Pendant workshop was absolutely wonderful Austin was a great help, always full of bounce and positive encouragement! Thank you for helping our belated birthday celebration go so smoothly!

Sarah Catala

Awesome Place,Great People, I totally enjoyed meeting everyone there.
Awesome Place to learn Glass Blowing.

Robin Terrell

So much fun!! And they were so very patient with us. I highly recommend their workshops!

Jacqueline MacNeil

OHHHHHH my Gosh, such and amazing experience. Austin, Dave and the other artists were so incredibly awesome!!! This is some things I recommend doing more then once.

Tory Repetti
Mike Dorr

Had a totally awesome time. They were great. We plan to go back for more classes!!! Everyone should try this. Zen Studio rocks!!!!

Sandra LaValley

Super fun!!! The guys were patient with us and very helpful.

Aarika Aj Poland
Michael Preston

Awesome night at Zen studios ~ the instructors were kind & very helpful. We’ll definitely be going back! 5*!!!

Michelle Rencher
Sue Regis

Awesome! Did the make your own wine glass, can’t wait to see how it turns out! Had a great time!!

Nicole Katsihtis

Fabulous time, unbelievable great experience! Will definitely be taking another class.

Laurie Fazio Cavalari

My 14 year old daughter has a hobby interest idea, and I am trying to help feed that idea/passion. Joshua was extremely helpful and informative. She will be back.

Michael Lennox
Stephanie Bailey

Christian is amazing! My boyfriend and I did the valentines deal and we loved it! We made pint glasses. Can’t wait to pick them up Monday! I would suggest this place to everyone. It’s amazing.

Quinn Bertucelli