Glass Academy

Glass Academy The Glass Academy's vision is to create the ultimate glass experience thru interactive education, shopping and seasonal events and shows.
Woman owned and operated, the Glass Academy's vision is to create the ultimate glass experience. Exceptional art glass, interactive education and shopping are what makes the GA the perfect spot for exploration and a night out. Our company has family ownership values with a traditional feel of a small studio glass studio. We aim to serve our community thru service, partnerships and opportunities that involve glass and glass making.
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Best place to buy Local handcrafted glass in Metro Detroit. Everything is made by hand and changes each season with new products and fun, creative ideas. Host a party, invite friends, and try something new!

04/28/2020

Get ready! We’ll be live with demos at 6pm sharp!

Look whose chillin in our yard on this sunny day in Michigan!  Who knew the slugs would be out?!
04/28/2020

Look whose chillin in our yard on this sunny day in Michigan! Who knew the slugs would be out?!

A few slugs from the collection.  We'll have brights and naturals, spots and stripes and all of them have personality li...
04/28/2020

A few slugs from the collection. We'll have brights and naturals, spots and stripes and all of them have personality like you wouldn't believe!!

Live demos' tonight from 6-8pm. Hope to see you on the live feed!

We're back for another week!!  Free event, just posted it on Eventbright to introduce ourselves to a new audience.https:...
04/28/2020
Live Glass Blowing- watch us live on Facebook during isolation!

We're back for another week!! Free event, just posted it on Eventbright to introduce ourselves to a new audience.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-glass-blowing-watch-us-live-on-facebook-during-isolation-tickets-103760999944?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_content=EBLinkEvent&utm_term=shortLinkViewMyEvent

Watch this talented family of glassblowers have fun in the hot shop of the glass academy as they spin, twirl, and twist the hot glass.

Here we go!  A nice sampling of all the products made from the live feed on Friday.  We'll do it again this Tuesday & Fr...
04/27/2020

Here we go! A nice sampling of all the products made from the live feed on Friday. We'll do it again this Tuesday & Friday 6-8pm~save the date!

And some really good news!!! We'll be doing curbside pickup this week!!!! Hours to be announced tomorrow and on our eNews and a post on FB. We'll also send out an emails to anyone who used the word PICKUP for their order.

disclaimer: The slugs are NOT available yet. We need to make a larger assortment of colors and shape....plus, we want to have a private party for all pre-orders..... stay tuned! :)

04/24/2020
Glass Gardens LIVE!

Making some new things tonight. Giveaways- goblets, slugs and more!!

Here's where you can catch the feed if you don't have FB....(but then why are you here?!!  On FB now?!)  :)
04/24/2020

Here's where you can catch the feed if you don't have FB....(but then why are you here?!! On FB now?!) :)

I found my slug!   And you’ll be able to find yours too!  Slugs are available for pre-sales on the website.  See you Fri...
04/24/2020

I found my slug! And you’ll be able to find yours too! Slugs are available for pre-sales on the website. See you Friday 6-8pm for live demos right here on FB.

Here they are!  A range of all the items we made during our live feed.  The blue mug is sold, as is the mushroom on the ...
04/22/2020

Here they are! A range of all the items we made during our live feed. The blue mug is sold, as is the mushroom on the left in the back row....other items are available and you can direct message us if you are interested!

Slugs.....we're working out the details of pricing but they start at $48 and the goblet on the left, that's $200. It's amazingly beautiful! Fit for a King or Queen to drink from!

04/21/2020
04/21/2020
04/21/2020

Family of 4 blows glass in their art glass studio. Sounds like a lame headline ... how about: let us knock your socks off with some fun entertainment with hot glass?!

04/21/2020
Glass Skills with Bill

IF you have some time, here's a small skill you can try at home in relation to glassblowing. Give it a try, and see how it works for you! Try putting the honey in the fridge. It make it thicker and a bit easier to do!

See you all tonight for our live feed at 6pm!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz1sUH7wDvA&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3BSVYq36LBHNTsPxn1n0RzO2yixIRoBsNjaXAlEFD4mkHpcD3WiluprcU

Bill Gudenrath shows how you can practice glassblowing from home. In this video, Bill demonstrates gathering glass - with honey and a chopstick! William Gude...

Heads' up! Here we go again!  Come join us, spread the word!  The more the merrier....we'll answer your glass questions ...
04/20/2020
Glass Gardens - Watch us make amazing glass mushrooms and slugs!

Heads' up! Here we go again! Come join us, spread the word! The more the merrier....we'll answer your glass questions and even the kids will learn something! Tuesday and Friday 6-8pm, Eastern standard time.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glass-gardens-watch-us-make-amazing-glass-mushrooms-and-slugs-tickets-62450595412

Watch as our family of 4 plays around with hot molten glass and creates some unique mushrooms and other fun glass items for the garden. If we're in isolation, we might as well be having fun and goofing around. Come watch us for yourself!! For more information visit our website at GlassAcademy.com.Ou...

GLASSBLOWING LIVE! Join us this week on Tuesday, April 21st and Friday, April 24th |  6-8pm (EST)
04/20/2020

GLASSBLOWING LIVE! Join us this week on Tuesday, April 21st and Friday, April 24th | 6-8pm (EST)

Here they are!!!  The items from the live feed.  Hope you like them!  Some mushrooms are sold but feel free to message u...
04/19/2020

Here they are!!! The items from the live feed. Hope you like them! Some mushrooms are sold but feel free to message us if you'd like one of your own.

04/17/2020

Tonight’s live feed: glass mushrooms 🍄 slugs and cactus. Somehow we’ll get it all done. 🐌. We’ve got 3 custom orders to start and then we’ll be taking orders during the live feed!

Join us tonight for more Live Glassblowing entertainment 6-8PM!
04/17/2020

Join us tonight for more Live Glassblowing entertainment 6-8PM!

Maybe spring will come in Michigan one day.....meanwhile, we'll be toasty warm in the studio tonight blowing glass.  Com...
04/17/2020

Maybe spring will come in Michigan one day.....meanwhile, we'll be toasty warm in the studio tonight blowing glass. Come join us! From 6-8pm we'll be making glass mushrooms, Percolla Reeds and more! Find us here, share with others and comment on the feed often. We miss you all!

Well, I thought we could start thinking summer gardens, but then it's snowing again today!  What the heck!  Good thing w...
04/16/2020

Well, I thought we could start thinking summer gardens, but then it's snowing again today! What the heck! Good thing we have glass carrots for sale to enjoy until the summer starts up. :)

Hey!  Here's some more entertainment for you.  Check out the city of Dearborn and some of our favorite places.  We're at...
04/16/2020
Rouge Factory Tour, The

Hey! Here's some more entertainment for you. Check out the city of Dearborn and some of our favorite places. We're at the end of the video, so be sure to watch to the end- it gives you a great idea of what the studio has to offer. Enjoy!!

https://utrmichigan.com/category/episodes/season-8/episode-801/

(313) 982-6001 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn, MI 48124 WEBSITE Ever look at a car or truck and wonder … how the heck did that happen? Well wonder no more …and thats because the good folks at…

It's our new reality.  One day we'll look back on this as a distant memory of a strange time in history.  Thank you for ...
04/15/2020

It's our new reality. One day we'll look back on this as a distant memory of a strange time in history. Thank you for sharing your pictures of the viruses in your homes, we could only share a few today.

Thank you everyone whose made a purchase. We'll be sharing our next community check on Friday's live feed. 1/3 of the purchase price goes directly back to the community. Who will it be this week?!! :)

Did you know we can go out on the road?!!  It's our new look for 2020!  You know you'll all need something fun to get yo...
04/15/2020
Bring Glass Academy To You

Did you know we can go out on the road?!! It's our new look for 2020! You know you'll all need something fun to get your staff motivated after this pandemic....why not have us out to blow some glass with your team? Check it out!

https://www.glassacademy.com/pages/mobile-unit

Let Glass Academy Come To You! Glass Academy is now offering our live glass blowing performances at any location in Michigan! Make your party, business event or celebration unique by booking Glass Academy. We bring our own glass blowing unit filled with molten glass that will entertain and your gues...

04/14/2020

Garden products today! Watch as we learn together what it takes to make a glass slug, mushrooms and more!

It's all in the details, like on this colorful garden mushroom's stem.  That's what makes our glass so interesting.  We ...
04/13/2020

It's all in the details, like on this colorful garden mushroom's stem. That's what makes our glass so interesting. We pay attention to those details giving you a high quality, one of a kind, item for your home. Watch us Tuesday, April 14th from 11-1pm LIVE as we spin the molten glass into something magical before your eyes! :)

04/13/2020
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce

Flash back commercial! Thanks DTE! Keeping the glass hot for us during this quarantine!

Next live videos: April 14-11-1pm, Friday April 17th, 6-8pm.

Chamber member DTE Energy showing another great member Glass Academy ....congrats! #SundayTV
https://youtu.be/xJGCFZQ5t08

Glass Academy's cover photo
04/13/2020

Glass Academy's cover photo

Yes- these are still available for purchase!  With 1/3 of the price gong to local charities and small businesses you mig...
04/12/2020
CoronaVirus in Glass

Yes- these are still available for purchase! With 1/3 of the price gong to local charities and small businesses you might want to buy 10! 🐰😃🤔

And yes! We do ship out of state! :) Spread the word.....

https://www.glassacademy.com/collections/glass-academy-shop/products/coronasvirus

OK- we've been trying to stay upbeat and proactive here at the Glass Academy and in our attempt to do so, we researched the virus and images of it and said to ourselves; "Wouldn't it be cool looking in glass!!" And so, in isolation at the studio, just our family of 4, we started playing around with....

Thank you to Dawn Gates.... and every other customer purchasing thru the years, it’s your commitment to our business tha...
04/12/2020

Thank you to Dawn Gates.... and every other customer purchasing thru the years, it’s your commitment to our business that keeps us going in moments of doubt. We appreciate you and every customer who supports us. Feeling blessed. 🐰💕🐣

Happy Easter!! Our new reality in 2020.
04/12/2020

Happy Easter!! Our new reality in 2020.

Next weeks LIVE glassblowing shows:Tuesday- April 14th, 11-1pmFriday- April 17th, 6-8pmWhat type of items would you like...
04/09/2020

Next weeks LIVE glassblowing shows:

Tuesday- April 14th, 11-1pm
Friday- April 17th, 6-8pm

What type of items would you like to see us make?!! Here's your chance to get in the game! :)

April 7th's bounty during the FB live feed we did from 2-5pm in our studio.  All bunnies are sold!  Carrots are availabl...
04/09/2020

April 7th's bounty during the FB live feed we did from 2-5pm in our studio. All bunnies are sold! Carrots are available on our website: www.GlassAcademy.com

Carrot winner!!!  Alysa will win one small carrot of her choice of color:  yellow, red, purple or good old traditional o...
04/09/2020

Carrot winner!!! Alysa will win one small carrot of her choice of color: yellow, red, purple or good old traditional orange. Stay tuned for future contests and thank you everyone for playing!!

04/08/2020

The sun is shining! Are you ready for today’s live feed? It starts at 2pm. Artist choice today!

The giving continues!!
04/08/2020

The giving continues!!

Good morning #Tuesday!! Good News alert: the @glassacademy donated $500 to @starfishfamilyservices from their sales!! #thankyou for supporting #localbusiness that supports #local #charity !!!

Carrot contest!!!  Tell us what you love about carrots AND our live feeds and you could win a carrot of your choice.  We...
04/07/2020

Carrot contest!!! Tell us what you love about carrots AND our live feeds and you could win a carrot of your choice. We've got 4 colors to choose from! Watch today, 2-5 pm and you'll see some being made in the studio hot shop.

How do you make a glass carrot?  Find out today (March 7th)as we do our LIVE glassblowing Eggstravaganza feed from 2-5pm...
04/07/2020

How do you make a glass carrot? Find out today (March 7th)as we do our LIVE glassblowing Eggstravaganza feed from 2-5pm.

Join us as we make customer orders of bunnies, carrots and more! Spread the word of this fun entertainment. :)

Hi everyone!  Thank you all for your understanding and willingness to adapt with us during this pandemic. We are a staff...
04/06/2020

Hi everyone! Thank you all for your understanding and willingness to adapt with us during this pandemic. We are a staff of 12 but with the shutdown, it’s a staff of one in the office, one on shipping, and two blowing glass. Yes- our family of 4.😌❤️. And we are very grateful for this.

Your purchases of the Coronavirus in glass are helping greatly with $2,000 in donations 💰💰so far! We’ve chosen 4 businesses in our local community to assist with their business in any way they wish.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Buy one for yourself or someone on the front lines. I find that having a visual object of what we’re dealing with helps me stay focused and aware. And thinking 🤔 of positive things in our lives during this time. Be safe everyone!

https://www.glassacademy.com/collections/glass-academy-shop/products/coronasvirus

LIVE glassblowing feed today!!  Yep- snuggle up on our couch and let us entertain you on this grey murky Michigan day.  ...
04/04/2020

LIVE glassblowing feed today!! Yep- snuggle up on our couch and let us entertain you on this grey murky Michigan day. We'll be making bunny chicks (pictured here), shard eggs (a bit boring to watch but essential to know) and some other bunny orders! :)

Saturday April 4th- from 1-3 pm, here on FB.

A few updates from the studio.  If you get our eNews, you'll have all this info sent to your in basket or you can read a...
04/03/2020
Studio News & Updates

A few updates from the studio. If you get our eNews, you'll have all this info sent to your in basket or you can read a shorter version here!
https://www.glassacademy.com/pages/current-events

WHO IS WORKING IN THE STUDIO? Our family of four, in isolation together! The Glass Academy is founded by two artists, Michelle & Chris, and they have two children, Jacob and Lucy, who are blowing glass with them, and also helping in the studio to ship and pack orders. Jacob on the left, he is wo...

It's still here......for those of you who have received one, enjoy it and keep sharing your pictures with us!We'll be wr...
04/02/2020

It's still here......for those of you who have received one, enjoy it and keep sharing your pictures with us!

We'll be writing our second round of checks this week to the charity of our choice AND a local small business. Thanks for the purchases!

Address

25331 Trowbridge St
Dearborn, MI
48124

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 19:00
Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(313) 561-4527

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The Glass Academy is a working modern glass studio situated in a tiny industrial enclave in Dearborn. It’s here that co-creators, founders and master glass artists Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin share the love of glass art and traditional glass blowing methods with the community in an onsite gallery, and through hands-on experiences and demonstrations.

Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin opened their Dearborn studio to the public in 2004. That’s when the Glass Academy served as an artist workshop, and state-accredited training site; Plucinsky and Nordin developed curriculum for skilled tradespersons, and hobbyists wishing to learn a variety of glass fabrication techniques and methods.

Today, Glass Academy has evolved to breathe life into glass with its design studio, expansive gallery and event space. Whether you want to own or share a handcrafted glass object – or get first-hand experience with glassblowing – this is where to find the skilled artisans that will share the love of the process with you.

Most days, the academy’s hot shop team manufactures original glass products to sell in the gallery. Business awards, custom light fixture shades, donor gifts, and other commissioned works round out the shop’s production schedule. On most evenings and weekends, this same team of skilled artisans leads hands-on workshops and experiences; the gallery space also plays host to a variety of private events.

As the seasons change, so does the Glass Academy. The facility is renowned for continuously refreshing its products line and eclectic gallery; it also offers a roster of seasonally inspired hands-on experiences.

Through these workshops, participants collaborate with glass artisans to design and craft items like custom beer mugs, wine glasses, water tumblers, wine bottle stoppers, glass icicles, and other unique decorative items for the home and garden. Plucinsky shapes the content of the academy’s classes and workshops to match the themed gallery. “I like the joy of bringing beautiful things into people’s lives, though the items we make and the simplified version customers can make,” says Michelle. “The best part of what we do is teaching people how to engage with glass art on a variety of ways.”

Participants don’t need any experience or artistic ability to try glassblowing. “We encourage everyone to take part, it’s our way of sharing the love of the process in a fun atmosphere that everyone can enjoy,” says Chris.

The expansive gallery shop is a destination stop for visitors and tourists to the city. Family-friendly experiences and special events throughout the year include:

· Pumpkinfest™

· Glass Eggstravaganza™

· Holidays in Glass™

Each event features live demonstrations and loads of original designs to purchase. If you can’t make it to the studio, you can also shop the Glass Academy’s online store: https://www.GlassAcademy

Make plans to visit the Glass Academy Wednesday through Saturday; hours are extended based upon seasonal demand. Private tours can be arranged by calling the studio.

www.GlassAcademy.com

313.561.4527


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Here is an image of a Moretti piece I mentioned.. others are displayed in my mother's home.
LOOK WHAT I RECEIVED TODAY! SO HAPPY TO HELP OUT THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN MICHIGAN😃 For every Corona Virus purchased A portion goes to fund a small business of the Glass Academies choice🙆‍♀️ Thanks for letting me be a part of the Group guys! Your family is wonderful❤
Cleaning up some of my Glass Academy stuff for my flower beds!! Need a slug or 2 and a new mushroom!
I LOVE watching these awesome live glassblowing shows. It gives me something to look forward to during this quarantine! I have become obsessed with the slugs, so much so that I had to get in on the pre-order!! Now I am so freaking excited for SlugFest2020! 😍 Thank you all for providing some much needed entertainment in our lives.
I want a SLUG!!! They are the best!!! Love the FB live show!
I love my coronavirus! OMG is it cute!
Tequila on ice
We love the keychain that came in the mail today!
Thanks Glass Academy
Looking forward to adding a chick with bunny ears
Which virus did you pick to make & how much are they? Are you doing curbside pickups or shipping?