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“A wonderful experience”

Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
Ranked #1 of 25 Shopping in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
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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 March 2011

I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful time in the 2 day workshop the last weekend in February 2011. The experience was one of a kind and I greatly appreciated the patience and tutorage that we received from our instructor “Jake”. He could not have been a better instructor and with his help we will be able to show our friends and family some fun and beautiful pieces of glass art. It is a well worth experience, especially with "Jake".

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Reviewed 20 October 2010

Being the home of glass artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma is creating a niche as a place to see art. Union Station, a former train station, now a Federal Court, ( bring your ID) has some incredible Chihuly creations. Then you walk over the Glass Bridge which showcases a glass ceiling of his works, a display wall and sculpture. This takes you to the Museum of Glass with the world's largest Hot Shop where you can watch artists in action, as well as visit the galleries.

When we were there in September, 2010 there was an amazing display of glass works based on children's drawings. The cafe was good for lunch. The gift shop had beautiful creations if you have an unlimited budget.

The glass sculpture and fountain was fascinating, but I couldn't figure out how to get to it at night to see it lit up, as the bridge is closed then.

I highly recommend it.

Photos are not allowed in the galleries, I would allow about 2 hours.

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Jeannine S, Owner at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2012

We are Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, not the Museum of Glass.
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Reviewed 11 May 2010

A friend and I took the private one-on-one hour lesson last Sunday. It is usually $65 per person for the hands-on instruction plus the cost of materials, but they were running a special for Mother's Day and it was only $50. There are many options to choose from including paperweights, bowls, vases, floats, etc. You can also upgrade to a larger piece for $125. They were really helpful about what works and what doesn't - they even let my friend and I choose shapes that aren't normally done.

We had Jake for an instructor and he was amazing. Really relaxed, but truly in control of what he is doing. You participate enough in the creation of your piece to feel like you really had a hand in it, but not enough to where you could potentially mess it up. He provided lots of information during the lesson and was an incredible instructor overall.

We also met the owner, a really nice lady. I can't recommend this experience enough. I know that every time I come back to Tacoma I'll be down at the glassblowing studio for another lesson. It's great for kids too! Our instructor said that they've had kids as young as 7 in the studio working on their own pieces.

1  Thank Robin V
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

The glassblowing experience was $65 per person, or $125 if you wanted to do a "jumbo" piece. I opted for the "jumbo." So worth it! My bowl is beautiful. Brian my glass blower was amazing. When you get there, you choose what you'd liked to create. There are several shelves of different options, from floats and paper weights to platters and bowls. I believe they all can be made in either size. Then you choose your colors from bowls of glass flakes and lay them out on a tray the way you'd like them to be applied to your piece. Through the whole process they're there to help you decide what would look best and answer any questions. Then with the help of your glass blower you create your piece. They do the really heavy lifting, but if you really want to get in there and do it, they'll let you. They just make sure you end up with something goregous. Some people in my group were more timid than others, with all the fire and heat, and they accomodated them as well as the daredevils that pretty much wanted to handle all the hot stuff themselves. It was an amazing experience I would suggest to EVERYONE. In fact, we're planning another trip up to Washington so that my husband can do this since he wasn't on the trip with me! If I lived in the area I would have signed up for their six week class in a heart beat.

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Reviewed 24 September 2015
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