Grand Rapids Glassblowing Studio is the private studio of John Riepma and Scott Haebich. The studio is located on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, about 10 minutes from downtown. In addition to creating our own work here at the studio, we also offer occasional workshops and other events in the Spring and Fall.
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We're back up and running for our Spring, 2014 session. Here's what is happening:
Details on all events are below.
If you'd like to join our email list for news about upcoming events (workshops, classes, Open Houses, shows), just send Scott an email.
Another way to keep up-to-date is to "like" our Facebook page.
Grand Rapids Glassblowing Studio
PO Box 310
Ada, MI 49301
Unless otherwise noted, workshops last one hour. You will usually share the hour with 1 or 2 other participants, taking turns creating a project.
These workshops assume that you have no experience with glassblowing so beginners are welcome. Age limit is 18.
Because your finished project needs to cool slowly overnight to prevent cracking, you won't be able to take it with you the day of the workshop. You can pick it up at a later date or make arrangements for us to ship it to you.
TO RESERVE A SPOT, email us with:
1) your name
2) phone numbers (day and evening) where we can reach you
3) top 3 preferred times (choose 3 different hours between the times listed)
4) how may participants you are registering
3) how many total time slots (1 time slot = 1 person making 2 flowers) you are reserving
We added these Glass Flowers Workshops to our schedule last Spring and got a big response so we're offering them again this year.
This workshop allows you inside a working glass studio to learn how glass flowers are made. You'll get to choose your colors, and assist one of our "professional glassblowers" in the creation of a couple of one-of-a-kind keepsakes. We'll do the steps that require more experience, but you'll do the actual flower shaping so you'll be able to call yourself a glass "artiste" when you're finished!
Probably more than any other workshop project, each glass flower is truly a ONE-OF-A-KIND! Each flower will look different (bigger, smaller, rounder, loopier, more symmetrical, more "organic," etc.) depending how you pull and shape the molten glass as you're working. You'll get to practice with some clear glass before creating your colorful "keepers."
Because your finished flowers need to cool slowly overnight to prevent cracking, you won't be able to take them with you the day of the workshop. You can pick up your flowers at a later date or make arrangements for us to ship them to you. Then you can give them as a gift (Mother's Day is just around the corner!)… or keep them for yourself! Wait... you're making two! You can give one away and still have one to keep for yourself. Sweeeet!!
This workshop assumes that you have no experience with glassblowing so beginners are welcome. Cost for the workshop is $38 (2 flowers).
NOTE: These are likely the only Glass Flowers Workshops we'll offer this Spring so don't miss out!
TO REGISTER, see the instructions in the sidebar at the left.
No details available yet.
Stop by to check out the only glassblowing studio in the Grand Rapids area. Our Open House is free and open to the public.
Our Open House is a great chance to get inside a working glassblowing studio and view the process of creating "art" (or something art-ish) from a glob of molten glass. There's nothing else quite like it!
At our Open House, there will be:
• demonstrations going on at one bench,
• more demos or workshops at the other bench
• plenty of glass gift items you can purchase
• the opportunity to watch, learn and ask questions about glassblowing
• studio tours, refreshments, drawings and fun
If you see one of our finished glass works and wonder how it was made, just ask. We'll try to work it into our demonstration schedule.
Grand Rapids Glassblowing was featured on EightWest, a morning lifestyle show on WOOD-TV here in Grand Rapids. Here's the segment that was shot at our studio.