Glass Class Information

Classes are offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays early evening (Class start time may change in June)  Classes are not offered in July or August due to high temperatures.  One-on-one classes last about 1.5 hours and classes with two students last about 2.5 hours.  Each class can contain only up to two students. Each class costs $195 + tax and processing fee per student, *Pick up your TWO Paperweight Creations the next business day after 3:00 p.m. To book please scroll down to the correct class and click Register Now.

Artist David Gappa, passing down his glass knowledge

Paperweight Class I

  • Training on techniques and skills such as gathering, centering, blocking, and marvering
  • An introduction to glassblowing machines, tools of the trade and proper shop etiquette
  • A demonstration paperweight is created by the instructor as a glass teaching tool. (Any demonstration item created by the glassblower is available for purchase)
  • Learn basic color application using powders and frits. Create and keep two (2) paperweights: one clear and one with color (results may vary)
  • No prerequisites and no prior experience needed!

Paperweight Class II

***Prerequisite: Must be able to successfully create two (2) paperweights in the Beginner Paperweight Class (see above) ***

  • Continued practice of glassblowing techniques such as gathering, marvering, jacking, flashing, centering and breaking off finished products for annealing
  • Learn advanced color application such as finger bits and thread wraps
  • Create and keep two (2) paperweights with color (results may vary)
Glassblower Instructor modeling the correct management of tools

Vetro Glassblowing Studio, Grapevine, TX

Glassblowing Workshop

Must take Paperweight Class I and Paperweight Class II before the Glassblowing Workshop) Glassblowing Workshop includes:

  • Assessment of current skill levels will include: Take a clean gather of glass from the furnace, marver or newspaper, proper use of the jacks, proper heat and flashing, keep glass centered on the pipe, and break off the piece from the pipe.
  • Detailed explanation of blowing processes, new tools, and review of proper shop etiquette.
  • Creating the starter bubble!
  • Detailed, step-by-step demonstration of how to create a blown glass vessel.
  • Remaining session content may vary from student to student.
  • If an instructor decides student is ready, the student will attempt to make a shot glass or toothpick holder out of his/her starter bubble
  • Mini-workshop on punties (shaping, appropriate sizing and temperature to piece intended)

Various glass items available to create – rotating seasonally

Help Create Events

In addition to classes, we offer public Help Create Events most weekends.

  • Join the team and help create your own glass art item which rotates throughout the year.
  • Must register ahead of time – no experience necessary!

Additional Information

All workshops and classes are held at VETRO Glassblowing Studio in Grapevine TX. VETRO supplies all tools, glass, and color within your designated time slot. You must be at least 14 years of age and no shorter than 42″ in height in order to operate the equipment safely.  Minors under the age of 18 will need an adult chaperone and both must sign a waiver.

Artwork Pick up or Shipping:

  • All of the class options require the glass to cool overnight and are available for pick up on the next business day after 1:00pm, or you can have your art glass creations packaged and shipped to a specific address for an extra fee.  Vetro is typically closed Sundays and Mondays.  

For all workshops listed above, the workshop is a learning experience and an advancement of skills. Vetro cannot guarantee that the actual pieces created will be successful.

  • What to wear: cotton clothing, closed-toe shoes, hair pulled back securely, sunglasses (if needed)

Please eat a well-balanced meal before arriving for your class. Water and sports drinks are recommended; caffeinated beverages are not. A water fountain will be available to you at all times outside the studio. All Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances (before and or during any workshop) are strictly prohibited.