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Old 08-15-2008, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Hi, all. I've got a friend that really likes pieces of Blown Glass - either for viewing or for purchase.

Are there any places around Charlotte or even Raleigh, that you can go and see a bunch of pieces of blown glass? I haven't had a chance to make it to the Mint Museum, but do they have that sort of thing?

I'd absolutely love if I could find a place where you can actually watch an artist do it, just sorta fascinated by the process and care that has to be taken...any recommendations are greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Since no one has answered, maybe you could call one of the museums in town and ask who has a glass collection. Or look in the yellow pages for glass studios. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Hi, all. I've got a friend that really likes pieces of Blown Glass - either for viewing or for purchase.

Are there any places around Charlotte or even Raleigh, that you can go and see a bunch of pieces of blown glass? I haven't had a chance to make it to the Mint Museum, but do they have that sort of thing?

I'd absolutely love if I could find a place where you can actually watch an artist do it, just sorta fascinated by the process and care that has to be taken...any recommendations are greatly appreciated, thanks.
Glassblowers need lots of sand. They should be primarily located in an area where they can easily get sand.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for the post. I know it's not really a common thing to have around. I think I'll expand my search down maybe around Charleston or something closer to the coast. Last time I saw someone blow glass was in a little store in Boulder Colorado by this guy that just loved to do it and didn't mind the hassle. Thanks again.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:17 PM
 
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Default Glass Impressions in Waxhaw

I have seen someone locally demonstrating glass blowing at a festival. I think it was in Waxhaw. I found this link to a glass blower in Waxhaw. Maybe this will help...

Glass Impressions Student Courses

You might enjoy just browsing around in Waxhaw. There are a lot of artist types in town. Check out Stewarts Village Gallery, Eight Legs Gallery and Waxhaw Arts & Chocolate.

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Thanks for the post. I know it's not really a common thing to have around. I think I'll expand my search down maybe around Charleston or something closer to the coast. Last time I saw someone blow glass was in a little store in Boulder Colorado by this guy that just loved to do it and didn't mind the hassle. Thanks again.
You're welcome. Try posting the request on the North Carolina board & the South Carolina board. As two of the original colonies, there probably is a traditional area for glassblowing in each state. Asking state-wide in both states will get you the best results.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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Default A List of Glassblowers Nationwide

I found this link and it looks that you would find glass blowers in the mountain areas of NC/SC - try around Asheville:

Steinert Industries - Instructor & School Listings

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Old 08-16-2008, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The Mint Museum uptown usually has quite a bit of Dale Chihuly.
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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Default try this

Glassblower.Info - Glassblowing Information, Photos, Videos
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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Glassblowers need lots of sand. They should be primarily located in an area where they can easily get sand.
Glass blowers buy cullet in the form of 'glass chunks' and melt it down in their furnace. Or lampworkers, like me, buy tubes and rods of premade borosilicate glass (like pyrex) and manipulate them in a flame. Only the manufacturers of the cullet or tubes and rods need to have access to large quantities of sand. Therefore glassblowers can be found all across America and all over the world.

I don't know of an open studio in that area, but being in the age of internet, you can go to youtube and find thousands of videos of people blowing glass. I would invite you to watch what I do, but I'm thinking Naples, FL may be a bit far to travel. Good luck!
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