Northwest life February 20, 2023

Glass studios open window to Seattle-area arts scene

Glass studios are springing up across the Pacific Northwest following a trend set by internationally known glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Art comes in so many wonderful forms, and the diverse, creative array of artists around Seattle thrive on creating unique art that challenges expectations. Seattle is a city that embraces glass art like few other places in the world.

From small galleries to glass art schools, museums, and art installations, there are so many places near Seattle homes for sale to enjoy amazing glass art. You can even take classes and workshops to learn how to create your own! Our brokers have more details on some of the best studios to visit around Seattle for shopping, browsing, and taking classes.

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass – 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
    The studio location of local legend Dale Chihuly and also one of his most ambitious artistic projects, Chihuly Garden and Glassis a must-see for anyone who loves glass art in Seattle. Visiting here is a unique experience, which allows you to take in beautiful blooms in the garden before heading inside to check out the extensive collection of artwork. There are live glass demos featuring Q&A sessions with the artists, as well as special new exhibits like the gorgeous Winter Brilliance light and music installation.
  • Seattle Glassblowing Studio – 2227 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
    If you’d like to try your hand at creating your own glass art for your home, the Seattle Glassblowing Studio offers fun, accessible classes and workshops that are sure to help you flex your creative muscles. They offer hands-on educational experiences where you’ll learn to create your own glass art, which are available for both small groups and private lessons. Blown Glass Party experiences are ideal for larger groups, with 2.5 hours of educational and artistic fun.
  • Avalon Glassworks – 2914 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126
    Interested in seeing local glass artists at work? In addition to its selection of glass gift items and home décor, Avalon Glassworks offers live demos where you can watch artists create. Looking at the finished work of many glass artists, it can be hard to imagine just how they make their art look as incredible as they do. Attending a live demo is a great way to learn more about the process, build a deeper connection with the art, and spark your own creativity in the process.
  • Pilchuck Glass School – 240 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 100, Seattle, WA 98104
    A non-profit organization dedicated to helping both aspiring and experienced glass artists hone their craft, the Pilchuck Glass School is one great example of how Seattle is creating the next generation of talented glass artists.Not a student? You can still enjoy all of the incredible work on display at the Exhibition Space and Gallery, which features works of art from many of the students and resident artists at the school. You can even purchase select pieces of glass art, ideal for gifts or for decorating your home.
  • Vetri Glass – 1404 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
    Who says glass art is just for decoration? Vetri Glass is a gallery that showcases the work of some of Seattle’s most prominent glass artists, with both functional and wearable glass art in addition to purely decorative pieces. Prominent artists whose work is on display in the gallery include Nancy Callan, Preston Singletary, and Dale Chihuly, to name just a few. You can also shop online anytime and browse the collection at your leisure.
  • Blowing Sands Glass – 5805 14th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    With classes for beginners, unique artwork created on commission, and some incredible, artistic glass light fixtures available for sale, Blowing Sands Glass truly offers something for everyone. Whether you’re shopping or signing up for a class here, it pays to plan ahead. The gallery is open for shopping by appointment only, while many classes fill up quickly, so it’s wise to reserve your spot in advance.
  • Museum of Glass – 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, WA 98402
    The short trip south to Tacoma for a visit to the Museum of Glass is well worth it for anyone who loves glass art. In addition to the extensive exhibitions, permanent collections, and educational programs, the Museum of Glass features a very active hot shop. You can even sign up for a Hot Shop Experience, which allows you to spend time on the floor with the artists, helping them to shape and create unique pieces of glass art.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy the vibrant Seattle arts scene anytime you please? Our local team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.