Hot glass in the glory hole — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
Caliente Hot Glass, a San Antonio-based glassblowing studio known for its innovative and beautiful art pieces, recently celebrated the opening of its new gallery, which showcases blown glass pieces made by its artists. The gallery also offers free demos and glass blowing classes for creative aspirants.
One of the most thrilling things about glass art is watching the glass being made, and Caliente Hot Glass hosts glass blowing demonstrations every second Sunday of the month as part of their 2nd SundayFunday events where you can do just this. These events feel like parties with food, drinks and an interactive glass blowing show that showcases a variety of studio artists' styles and techniques.
The demos are free and unforgettable events where the creative passion is palpable! They're definitely worth checking out if you're visiting San Antonio for the first time or the hundredth. The demos are also great opportunities to purchase special, one-of-a-kind gifts for yourself or for friends or family.
After attending a demo, you may want to get up close and personal with the artists. Luckily, you can book a "glass blowing experience" in which you assist an artist on a glass blowing project, making decisions about the piece and even adding bits of color yourself. These experiences are offered for individuals, small groups and as corporate team building, and are rare chances to get to play with hot glass. The best part is, you'll end up with a creation to enjoy and show off for years to come.
And if you're feeling the call to take your interest in glass blowing to the next level, Caliente offers classes ranging from introductory to more advanced. Maybe you'll even end up on Caliente's roster of regular artists!
The studio's new gallery, which opened last summer, is located within minutes from downtown and less than a mile from the Pearl Brewery. The gallery is one of the first art spaces on the east side of San Antonio, bringing creative community to a developing part of town.
Glass pieces are available for purchase at events, by appointment or during regular hours.
Interactive glass blowing demo — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
For updates and information on demos or to book your own private experience, visit the Caliente Hot Glass website and prepare to be "blown" away!