Make a Masterpiece During Glassblowing Class

Close up of a man's hands in a glassblowing class

Would you like to make your own, one-of-a-kind work of art? If so, enjoy a taking glassblowing class where you can learn the basics of this ancient art form. The best studios near Catalyst Apartments include:

Ignite Glass Studios 

Step into Ignite Glass Studios to find a place where novices can grow and learn. The studio believes that glass has the power to inspire the community, and it offers everything from demonstrations to private lessons. Co-founder Ben Tullman began making glass beads at the age of twelve. He later studied with master artists and enjoys developing new techniques through experimentation. 

There are a few weekend classes, including Make Your Own Drinking Glass. It’s the most popular offering, and students can make a customized drinking glass or water tumbler.

Shatter Glass Group

The Shatter Glass Group opened in 1987, making it Chicago’s oldest glass studio. It specializes in private lessons as well as small group sessions. The instructor treats every student as an individual and believes that people work better in a more intimate setting. The studio is led by renowned artist Lance Friedman. He has taught internationally, and his work is found in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass.

The private lessons are 90 minutes. Students can choose to make a flared vase, mid-century bowl, or a German beer glass. 

Talisman Glass 

The artists at Talisman Glass create modern interpretations of traditional glass designs. Their projects are only limited by their imagination, and their public commissions are found throughout the United States. Founder Sharon Gilbert discovered glass by accident. During her final semester in college, she took an elective glassblowing class. She instantly became hooked and opened Talisman Glass in 1992.

The studio offers fun, educational classes ranging from 30-minute sessions to 12-week structured course studies. Choices include Experiences Glass, Introduction to Glass, and Advanced Glassblowing. 

If you would like to call our Chicago apartments home, please contact us. We’d love to arrange a tour where you can see firsthand all we have to offer. 

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