Love the Netflix show ‘Blown Away’? Learn glassblowing at these places in the West

Get inspired to learn glassblowing at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash.
Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash.
(Chuck Lysen)

Thanks to “Blown Away,” the Canadian reality show about glass artists currently showing on Netflix, glassblowing has become really hot. Where to go to try your hand at this delicate art? Amateurs can learn the basics on a weekend getaway at these studios in the West.

The Pacific Northwest

Start a romance with glass in Tacoma, Wash., the birthplace of Dale Chihuly, the world’s most famous and prolific contemporary glass artist. At the Museum of Glass, visitors can take a blow-your-own workshop ($60, plus $17 museum admission), then stroll across the 500-foot Bridge of Glass showcasing thousands of Chihuly’s works. Nearby, Tacoma Glassblowing Studio offers private classes ($75) and weekend workshops on how to make glass pumpkins, Christmas ornaments and even a bee, which requires two glassblowers ($125).

Pilchuck Glass School
The campus of Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash.
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Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in 1971 in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, 50 miles north of Seattle. The bucolic residential campus in Stanwood, Wash., offers intensive one- to three-week glass art courses for potential pros ($1,700 to $1,900).

Info: Museum of Glass, Tacoma Glassblowing Studio; Pilchuck Glass School


The Southwest

Maybe it’s the vibrant desert sunsets that inspired glass artists to set up hot shops here.

Blown glass artwork from the Melting Point
One of the artworks at the Melting Point in Sedona, Ariz.
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In Sedona, Ariz., the Melting Point offers one-hour classes for beginners to create a blow-your-own project ($80 to $200). Stay in one of the Airbnb rooms above the studio and get a 20% discount ($70 to $75 a night).

Glass cactus from Sonoran Glass School
Sonoran Glass School in Tucson.
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Tucson’s Sonoran Glass School has three levels of classes, including a furnace glassblowing session for $35 to $50. It’s a short walk from the historic Hotel Congress, where rooms in August start at $89.

Aurora Borealis Glassworks
Glass artwork at Aurora Borealis Glassworks in Albuquerque.
(Diana Diaz)

In Albuquerque, Aurora Borealis Glassworks offers classes in how to make everything from paperweights to glass yard-art flowers, starting at $250. Glass artist Elodie Holmes in Santa Fe offers classes in her private studio, Liquid Light Glass, by appointment only. A paperweight-making class costs $76.

Red Flower Studios
Red Flower Studios in Park City, Utah.
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Blowing glass also is a popular après-ski activity at Red Flower Studios in Park City, Utah. You can work with glassblowers on objects such as ornaments ($25) and bowls ($50).

Info: Melting Point; Sonoran Glass School; Aurora Borealis Glassworks LLC; Liquid Light Glass;Red Flower Studios

Stone & Glass
James Stone at Stone & Glass in Escondido.
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Going wine tasting in Paso Robles? Stop first for a taste of glassblowing at Harmony Glass Works, which costs $190 for a one-hour blowing class. In Escondido, award-winning glass artist James Stone welcomes students at Stone & Glass, where an introductory class costs $149. A tip: Don’t drink and blow glass.

Info: Harmony Glass Works; Stone & Glass


Lumel Studios
Glassblowing students at Lumel Studios in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
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Here’s an opportunity to see the Northern Lights and then try to re-create those swirling green hues at Lumel Studios in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Walk-in classes start at $45.

Info: Lumel Studios