Blue Sage Studios, specializing in art glass, vases, bowls, and Sculptures
Experience the craftsmanship of the artisans of Blue Sage Studio! Find your one of a kind hand blow glass piece that is as unique as you are. Come visit the studio to watch us work or schedule a time to come into the studio to make your own piece and have a glass experience.
Thank you for your interest in coming into the studio to make some beautiful art glass. I have been overwhelmed with the response we have received from our recent segment on KFOR. We are doing our best to get everyone scheduled into the studio but we have limited availability. Thank you for your patience.
Scheduling: We have an online scheduling platform at https://go.oncehub.com/bluesagestudios. The session times are blocked out for 30 minutes each. Choose one session for two or three people. If you have four to eight people in your party, please schedule two 30 minute sessions back to back. If you have more than eight people, please email Andy to discuss scheduling. Please check back often as I will be adding more dates to the scheduling calendar.
Items/Cost: For the glass experience we typically have each person taking the lesson make an ornament ($35) or a flower ($40) or a paperweight ($40). Each piece takes about 10-15 minutes to create. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. It is easiest to pay after the session. What to Expect: The glass experience takes about 10-15 minutes per ornament, flower or paperweight. You will choose two colors to use for the piece, there are usually 12 colors to pick from. The Ornament: The instructor will gather the glass out of the furnace onto a blowpipe. The participant will roll the hot glass on the table called a marver, the instructor gathers a second layer of clear glass on the pipe and the participant will roll into their color, the participant then melts that color in the reheating furnace, turning all the time. The instructor, at the bench, will shape the glass as the participant blows into the blow hose to expand the bubble. The ornament is then knocked off of the blowpipe and a loop is made for hanging. The glass goes into the annealer to cool down. The Flower: You will roll in the stem color after the instructor gets the first gather of glass. After the second gather of clear glass the participant pushes into the second color for the flower petals. After melting in the color the participant will pinch around the glass making the petals and the instructor reheats the glass so the participant can pull downward to create the flower stem. The glass is broken off the punty rod and the flower goes into the annealer for cooling. The Paperweight: Color is picked up on the second gather and melted in. The instructor will gather a third gather of clear glass and the participant will shape the glass at the bench using a wooden mold while the instructor turns the pipe. The glass is shaped with a metal block and the participant will use a set of blades called Jacks to make a line in the glass where it will break free of the pipe. The paperweight then goes into the annealer for cooling as well. Annealing: The annealing process takes 12 hours to go from 920 degrees to room temperature. The pieces are typically ready for pick up the next day. What to Wear: Cotton clothing and closed toe tennis shoes are recommended. Bring a bottle of water as the studio can be hot, especially in the summer. Safety glasses are provided.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so through the online booking platform or email Andy@bluesagestudios.com Please be aware that dates are subject to change. If we do have to cancel we will do our best to get you back on the schedule promptly.