Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 8, 2011

Glass Academy: Hot Spot, Cool Fun

Receive a unique glass at the June 16 Glass Academy wine event (Glass Academy photo)

As temperatures in the 313 head toward 100 F today, watching hot glass being made might not be at the top of your To Do list.

Just know that the Glass Academy in Dearborn is hosting its monthly Coffee Night, where you can enjoy a complimentary cuppa joe while watching a glass artist at work.

If you’d like to try your hand at the craft, pre-register for the Coffee Night workshop and make a paperweight or flower for $45, or stamp a glass coin for $10.

Learn to make glass objects at the second Wednesday workshops (Glass Academy photo)

Coffee Nights are held from 6-9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, so if it’s just too darn hot for hot glass this evening you have another half dozen chances to check it out later this year.

The Glass Academy is a studio space and gallery for artists including founders Chris Nordin and Michelle Plucinsky of Furnace Design Studio (just typing the name makes me sweat).

They renovated a 14,000 square foot former machine shop for workspace and offer tours, programs, and group and private classes.

Do you Groupon? Get the Groupon Coupon for a deal ($49 for a $100 class) that will be honored through November 2011.

If you love handblown glass you can watch master craftsmen at work at the Wine Glass & Glassblowing Event, 5-10 p.m., Thursday, June 16.

Tickets are $85 and include a hand blown wine glass, 2 drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres. Go VIP and for $200 per ticket you’ll receive the food and beverage plus a one-of-a-kind goblet created by master craftsman Chris Nordin, plus front row seating for the program. You must be 21 and purchase tickets in advance.

Prefer a microbrew to wine? Mark your calendar for Cold Beer + Hot Glass4-10 p.m., August 4.

Other upcoming events include the Glass Pumpkin Fest October 15-16, an open house for all ages featuring free glassblowing demonstrations and a chance to order—surprise—a glass blown pumpkin crafted on site.

Register for events online or phone the studio, and jump on the Glass Academy Facebook page and e-mail list to keep on top of cool happenings at this hot spot.

Glass Academy is located on Trowbridge, south of Michigan Ave. and west of Telegraph in Dearborn. Check the website for location and hours.

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