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“TGS was the highlight of our vacation”

Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
Ranked #1 of 25 Shopping in Tacoma
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Owner description: TGS offers visitors a close up view of how hand blown glass is made and gives guests the opportunity to try it for themselves. The Glassblowing Experience is a one-on-one session with a skilled glassblower where people of all ages and walks in life can create blown glass for themselves. This facility also offers classes, group events, corporate gifts and their glass gallery features very talented local glass
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 1 September 2013

We had reserved time for the Glassblowing Experience and it was absolutely amazing - plan ahead and have this opportunity for yourselves. All of including my husband and teens loved this experience! Debra carefully explained the options to us, helped us pick the item we each wanted to make it, and guided our color selection. Jake and Chris were perfect tutors for us as novices. They are very thorough and safety conscious. We watched them interact with younger children (8 and up) and the kids loved it too. They gave us insights into the equipment and process and helped us to learn what to do and then to participate in all phases of the process. While I know that our finished pieces will not be as masterful as those Dale Chihuly has on display at the area museums, they were definitely works of art. The small shop also has a number of items available for purchase that are made by local glassblowers. I absolutely recommend TGS and encourage you to check it out as you plan a visit to the Seattle/Tacoma area.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

enjoyed watching them blow glass and explain how it works. Lots of beautiful pieces there. Easy to get to and staff very friendly

Thank Kgeorge16
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

It is quite interesting to see the process of glass blowing. If you do want to experience glassblowing by yourself, you should make an appointment. I have had the chance to watch glassblowing in Venezuela and in Mexico but I think here in Tacoma the staff teaches and explains the whole process so thats makes a big difference. The exhibition of the glass finished pieces is marvelous. While visiting Tacoma try not to skeep this place.

1  Thank Patricia G
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

A friend told us to go to the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. We didn't have much time, but didn't want to miss it. We wish now that we had planned a full day there (at least). We are amazed by the whole process of glass blowing. If you haven't witnessed it before, you simply must go to this place. We have observed the process many times before, but the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio is special in that the staff is teaching people the process right in front of your eyes (or teaching you, if you choose). They appear to be the kindest, most patient teachers in the universe. We watched for over an hour as they guided, demonstrated and shared with their clients of the day. You can pay to be the student for a day or you can sign up for an ongoing course. We live far away so next time I will definitely build a full day into my trip and take the day class. The stuff people were making was amazing.

Thank iclaire
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We made appointments for both myself and my wife to do the glassblowing experience at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. You will need an appointment for each person in your group, as you do not do the glassblowing at the same time (which is great because it allows one to take pictures while the other is working with the glass). Upon arriving, we were greeted by Debra and shown around and the process was explained in detail.

We were then allowed to choose which type of item we wanted to create (vase, bowl, paperweight, etc.) and the colors we wanted to make up the item. After deciding on these items and laying out the colors for each of our designs, we had a short wait (good time to look around at the pieces they have around the studio) and then we were off to get started.

We worked with Jake, who was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. From what we saw and heard, the other glassblowers were just as great - they seem to have a great staff here. Jake walked each of us through the entire process (he would handle some of the more complicated parts) but allowed us to do as much as possible throughout the creation of each of our items. He made it very easy, and always watched to make sure nothing went wrong, and if something got a little out of whack (it is hot glass, after all) he was right there to step in and help get things back the way they need to be.

We had to elect to have our items shipped back to Florida (which was less than $10 for our vase and bowl) so we are still waiting to see the final product, however when they were placed in an oven to cool (yes, they cool in an oven!) they looked really great.

This was an awesome experience, one of the best things we did on our trip. You really do get hands on with the process and have a lot of control over what you want the final product to be. At no point do you feel stressed or scared, you know you are in good hands with a very friendly and helpful staff who are great teachers. If you have the chance to make it to Tacoma, this is a must-do activity, and is well worth the cost!

As a side note, to address another recent review, TGS is not a big place, and while it does have a small gallery of items available for purchase (about a 100 square feet area), I was never under the impression this was a gallery first - all information I saw on TripAdvisor and the TGS website painted a pretty clear picture that this is a glassblowing studio, not an art gallery.

1  Thank kevinl854
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