Glass Pavilion offers hot indoor activityWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Hours at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion offer Toledoans an escape from the winter blues.
“It’s a great indoor activity,” said Jeff Mack, manager of the museum’s glass studio.
Each Art Hour session offers individuals the chance to make their own glass artwork. There are different Art Hour sessions for flame work, flat glass and glass blowing.
The sessions are all designed for individuals who’ve never made glass, Mack said. A facilitator will guide individuals through the entire process, he said.
“They’ll lead a safety talk where you can touch tools. Then they’ll discuss the glass and what it’s made out of so they have an understanding of the material,” he said. “They get you right into the process. Walk through one and then the facilitator helps each person out through the process.”
Depending on the project, Art Hour sessions can range in size from six to eight people.
The Art Hours projects are often themed with the time of year. Projects vary from flowers, which are often made by glass apprentices just starting out, to pumpkins at Halloween and icicles in the winter, Mack said.
During the next few weeks individuals will have the chance to make glass hearts during Art Hours.
“The glass hearts make great gifts for your sweetheart. You can say, ‘Look I made this for you’” Mack said. “It’s not as refined, but you can say it’s something that you made.”
Art Hours give those who may be interested in glass blowing the opportunity to try it.
“People who have seen glass blowing are curious to see what it feels like. [Art Hours] are a great way to know if it’s something interesting in pursuing,” Mack said. “Glass tends to get expensive, so those who are looking into it as a hobby, this is a good way for them to dip a toe in the water.”
Individuals who are interested in Art Hour sessions with their family or group of friends can contact the visitors’ service desk and reserve a session during the week, Mack said.
“It’s a great thing you can do with your friends,” he said. “You all can watch each other work, compare your art and tease each other.”
The Glass Pavilion also hosts wine tasting sessions and free glass blowing demonstrations on the weekend.
“You can have a glass of wine at the wine tasting, make a piece of art, have some food and watch a local glass artist working in the hot shop. It’s something neat to do on a Friday night or Saturday and Sunday afternoon,” he said.
All Art Hour classes are hosted in the glass studio inside TMA’s Glass Pavilion. Art Hours are $15 for museum members and $25 for nonmembers. Individuals can sign up for each weekend’s Art Hour starting the Tuesday before by calling (419) 254-5771 Ext.7448. For a full list of events and Art Hours, visit www.toledomuseum.org/calendar.