Must Do Around Baltimore: Glassblowing at McFadden Art Glass

BCMB student Risa Burr participated in a Glassblowing workshop at a local artisan’s studio.  If you have done a local activity, visited an attraction, or dined at a restaurant and would like to share your experience, please Contact Us about writing a review!
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What: McFadden Art Glass glassblowing “date night”

When: alternate Fridays, 7-10pm, no reservation required

Where: 6800 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at the ancient craft of glassblowing, learning to create beautiful pieces of art out of molten silicon dioxide? Then McFadden Art Glass, located right here in Baltimore, is for you. Since 2006, Tim McFadden has been delighting the greater Baltimore community with custom glass art pieces out of his studio on Eastern Ave, including swooping chandeliers and intricate vases. Even better, he has a great affinity for teaching, which he shares in classes for all interest and ability levels. I recently went to one of the “date nights” (anyone is welcome, no date required), which he puts on every other Friday from 7-10pm. They begin with a free glassblowing demonstration, in which Tim makes one of the fantastic works of art on display in the gallery. While you sit and watch the magic happen, you are invited to enjoy any libations you may have brought, either from home or the bar next door.

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Date Nights and Beginner Glassblowing Classes are a great way to try your hand at glassblowing in a supportive environment.

Afterwards, you have the option of making your own piece of glass art to take home; prices range from $20 for a necklace pendant to $60 for a glass cereal bowl. No experience is required or expected for the hands-on part of the evening. You will be fully supervised by one of the instructors, guaranteeing that your piece will be successful. The instructors at McFadden Art Glass are masterful at gently guiding your technique, but let you take charge of the vision and feel like you are actually making the piece. If you discover a passion for glassblowing, Tim also offers week-long glassblowing classes and private instruction. I loved watching Tim at work and getting to make my own piece of art right on the spot, and I highly recommend McFadden Art Glass as a Must Do Around Baltimore!

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