The Big Question: What is Glassblowing?
Glassblowing is the ancient art of molding molten glass. Zen Glass Studio is equipped for both lampworking and traditional ‘hot shop’ glassblowing.
Lampworking, the primary type of glasswork done at Zen Glass, involves using a bench mounted torch to melt glass tubing and rod for shaping.
Hotshop Glassblowing is a technique using a long metal blow tube to gather molten glass out of the furnace, then reheating inside of the glory hole to then shape by turning in wet newspaper or wooden blocks and blowing.
Safety and age requirements?
Q: Is it safe for beginners to blow glass with no training?
A: Just as working in a kitchen can be dangerous, glass blowers are not immune to small injury. That being said if instruction and safety procedures are followed, you should not experience any harm. Closed-toe shoes are strongly suggested, safety glasses will be provided.
Q: Is there an age requirement for Workshops?
A: There is no strict age requirement for glassblowing workshops. We have had participants aged 8-80 who have thrived at the torch. You know your child or guest best and you should be the judge of whether they have the ability to stay focused and standing for the entire workshop.
Q: I’m not artistic, will I be able to do this?
A: Glasswork is a unique sculptural form in that it follows a natural flow while in a molten state. The fluidity of glass creates beautiful feminine shapes all on its own, a great glassblower isn’t always a great artist on paper, but one who learns the material enough to predict changes in shape and movement while working on the torch.
Q: I’ve bought a workshop and now I need to book it. How can I do that?
A: You can schedule through our online scheduler. From the home page, click the book online (LINK) button. On the following page fill in your class information and preferences. If you have prepaid enter the word ‘prepaid’ in the box which says “click here to redeem prepaid voucher” Please remember to bring your proof of purchase to class.
Q: I’ve bought a workshop and I would like to schedule it but I’ve already paid, what do I do?
A: Follow the steps above to book your class, enter the word ‘prepaid’ in the box which says “click here to redeem prepaid voucher”
Q: I am interested in throwing a private party, is the studio open as a venue?
A: Yes! We love hosting group glass blowing workshops, team building events, and cocktail celebrations. Please call or email us for a free consultation today.
Q: We are in the area and are curious about the space, do you allow drop-ins?
A: Yes, please come by and see our studios, gallery and raw materials shop! You can walk right into the studio from the 6th Avenue South side of the building.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to Call us at (727)323-3141
Zen Glass Studio & Gallery is located at 600 27th Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33712