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“the 'mother' of all glass blowing 'works' .... a N. Florida 'must see'”

Duncan McClellan Gallery
Ranked #1 of 38 Shopping in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Unique contemporary glass art gallery and working hot-shop (glass blowing facility). Featuring over 50 internationally acclaimed artists, we sponsor monthly rotating exhibits. Come for live glassblowing demonstrations and wonderful art! Facility is also a dramatic events venue and home to educational non-profit 501(c)3 DMG School Project.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Oldsmar, Florida
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593 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
“the 'mother' of all glass blowing 'works' .... a N. Florida 'must see'”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

To think I almost bagged this tour by our local Womens' group because of the early departure!!! I've witnessed glass-blowing in Prague and in Bermuda and was even given the opportunity to blow glass myself on a tour outside of Tokyo (not nearly as easy as it looks!!!). although each has been quite amazing, today's tour of McClellan Gallery was o.t.t.! The very likeable & informative Duncan McClellan, its 'founder', gave the 6 of us a private before-hours tour (the Gallery opens at 10 a.m.), introducing us to a couple of artists preparing for this weekend's show who in turn, enthused about their individual glass creations.
We finished out at the 'hot shop' where Alexis Silk was instructing a team of four in preparation of one of the awesome angel torsos that are among her most splendid works. There our small group sat / stood, entranced, for over an hour, unwilling, any one of us, to tear ourselves away until the second wing (from its separate oven) had been secured at the shoulders, and the entire incredible piece was completed. I had never before witnessed the team-work aspect involved in creation of such magnificent pieces and came away hugely impressed at how professional, even 'joyous' this group of artists are!
We were allowed to photograph the many amazing works displayed, something we each felt was almost 'too good to be true' ... I'll attach several to whet the appetite of those who haven't yet 'discovered' the McClellan Gallery. Most of us left with the intent to return with family members and friends in the near future, perhaps for the once-a-month gallery gad-about, of which McClellan, as I understand, is an active participant.

Visited April 2014
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Florida, Uruguay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Beautiful glass work and...an alchemists dream!”
Reviewed 28 March 2014

After doing a week long art tour of St Petersburg, we saw many works by Duncan McClellan. I was particularly intrigued by his pieces entitled alchemy. We finally made our way to his studio, and got to meet him in person. We also met the studio director, gallery director, and the live glass making expert. It was an awesome visit and we even picked up a beautiful representation of the alchemy series. He also features other internationally renowned artists in his studio. A must do for any admirer of fine glass work.

Visited March 2014
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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“AMAZING!!”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

A great gallery to take the time for. Incredible use of glass in so many different ways. I am going back again for sure with more people. It was awesome to see the blown glass demo. An experience you never forget or stop talking about.

Visited February 2014
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Ruskin, Florida
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“Amazing Experience!!”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

An awesome gallery and studio of a local artist who is internationally known! Today, he took the time to host my 5th grade art club! Gave them a tour of his gallery of beautiful glass work and had sculpter Fraser Smith there to talk and show his work. Then had a demo in his Hot Shop! The kids will never forget it and I would(and will) come back the next chance I get!

Visited February 2014
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Seminole, Florida
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“A look into the wonder of hotglass and the beauty of art”
Reviewed 22 February 2013

DMG recently opened their Hot Shop and give demonstrations in glass blowing and explain the process step by step. Duncan has magnificent pieces on display as well as guest artists who exhibit in his gallery for a month. If you appreciate art or are mesmerized by the magic of glass into form, this is a must see.

Visited February 2013
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