Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Seattle
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My wife and I took a class here for fun. No experience required and we were able to make basic glass bowls with our instructors help. Everyone there is very experienced and safety oriented. We had a f... read more »
We visited early morning and not much was happening in the workshop. However, the work on display and for sale was decent, and some prices were good. The location is not near tourist attractions, but ... read more »
I went here for a corporate team building activity. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. We were each able to make our own piece and we had lunch delivered to the studio.We were there about 4 hou... read more »
The experience I had with my particular instructor is the reason for this awful review. My instructor had a fairly thick accent (German? Russian?), spoke quickly, and had a soft voice. The area with the forges is loud because of all the fires going and the air blowing about. I constantly had to make her repeat things (which clearly annoyed her). I understood less than one-third of what she said, and instead had to rely on her demonstations. When I wasn't doing it right, she would push me out of the way to do it. When it came time to blow the glass, she told me I couldn't hold the pole while she was rolling it around to shape the glass. Where the pole was situated, it was at knee-height and she was constantly rolling the pole away from me. I had no idea how I was supposed to blow constantly while bending over while the pole was rolling this way and that , but luckily another worker saw what has happening and gave me a flexible tube to attach to the end of pole so I was able to sit down and blow consistently. Compared to the other students around me, I did maybe one-fourth of the work they did; their instructors spoke loudly and clearly, gave them good instructions, and would help them to understand what they were supposed to be doing. My instructor just made me feel dumb (and I'm into all sorts of art mediums, so it's not like I'm new to this sort of thing). I didn't care so much about the final product as I did about the process, and my instructor completely ruined the experience for me. My bowl is imperfect, as I expected it to be, but I just wish I contributed more to its imperfection. It was a frustrating experience overall; I knew there would be parts she would have to do since she's the expert, but it really felt like I just watched the entire time. After she put the bowl in the place where they cooled, she literally just walked away from me and I didn't see her again. I'm just glad I didn't pay $150 for this experience. -- I did give it 2 stars because the rest of the staff was nice and helpful.
The tour is not worth it, as you are allowed to watch them blow glass for free from the cafe or from the gallery area. We were expecting the artists to be blowing glass but instead they were producing paper weights for an order. I feel as though a glass blowing studio tour should include glass blowing... There are other classes that are quite hands on and likely provide a better experience.
This was awesome. An experience to be had for sure. You will not regret the time spent because it is so much fun. You also get to take whatever you make home with you! We made plates, because they were fun, but found out that the bowls seem to be the most practical object.
Took the private class for 2 for my daughter's 12th birthday and it was beyond my expectations. Our instructor, Bill, was patient and gave us the process in a hands-on, easy to follow way. He also educated us about the different methods used, the science of heating and cooling the glass and the role gravity plays in the whole thing. AND he was friendly and super helpful. Our pieces came out amazing. LOVED the experience!
Great place to shop and learn how they craft glass. Expensive but that is to be expected.
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