Orbix Hot Glass

Orbix Hot Glass Our glass art studio & gallery has found artistic refuge in Alabama’s Appalachian foothills creating & exhibiting museum quality sculptures, on site.
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To learn more visit: www.orbixhotglass.com In 1972, Cal Breed was born to an artist and an engineer. This combination of the expressive and the critical laid the framework for a life coursed by grasping to bridge the seemingly dichotomous. After years of studying the beauty of the ocean and its life and almost finishing a degree in Marine Biology at Auburn University, Cal’s heart was burdened wit

h the need to be expressive with his hands. Bowing to that burden, he began to study the arts. Having such a quiet demeanor, he sought for a material that inherently spoke boldly and clearly. In 1994 Cal found glass – first in assembling stained glass windows and finally to glassblowing. After years of study, Cal opened a private studio and gallery, Orbix Hot Glass, atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Today, Cal leads a team of glassblowers who hand-craft each piece with great attention to form, balance and color. The goal—to make honest, excellent work that someone would invite into their life. People always ask “Where did you get the name Orbix Hot Glass?” In glassblowing, the gaffer must always keep his pipe turning, or orbiting, otherwise the piece won’t get made the way it was intended. In a similar way, Orbix exists because of Cal’s personal orbits and their intersection with many other personal paths along the way: engineering and artist parents who instilled a great love for how to make things well and beautiful; world-class glass artists who taught skills to make ideas real; and three kids who inspire hard work. Like the name, Orbix strives for distinction in glass. Glass art is what we were intended to do, and it would not be possible without those of you who appreciate it as well. We are so glad our paths crossed.

This weekend, April 19/20, we have some availabilities in a few of our classes. Friday - Pumpkin, Flower or BowlSaturday...
04/18/2024

This weekend, April 19/20, we have some availabilities in a few of our classes.
Friday - Pumpkin, Flower or Bowl
Saturday - Paperweight, Tumbler or Pumpkin.
There are also some spots for ornaments both days. Give us a call or email to make reservations! 256.523.3188 or [email protected].

It is boing to be a cold and rainy weekend up here on Lookout Mountain Alabama! Come see us.  We have a full weekend of ...
03/01/2024

It is boing to be a cold and rainy weekend up here on Lookout Mountain Alabama! Come see us. We have a full weekend of classes available. Visit www.orbixhotglass.com/events to see what classes we have that you can sign up for.

Machine shop in Ft Payne, AL recommendations?  I need this old glass making mold straightened up and tightened up.
02/01/2024

Machine shop in Ft Payne, AL recommendations? I need this old glass making mold straightened up and tightened up.

01/31/2024

It is a week of making Wall Flowers for an upcoming installation, but we have the weekend set aside for visitors. Available classes:
Friday, Feb. 2- Pumpkin(1pm), Flower(2:30) or Bowl(3:30)
Saturday, Feb. 3rd - Flower(9am), Tumbler (9:30), Bowl (12:30), Paperweight(2pm)
Ornaments Friday afternoon and through the day Saturday. Call us 256.523.3188

Are you looking for something to get out and do this weekend?  We still have several classes with availability this Frid...
01/25/2024

Are you looking for something to get out and do this weekend? We still have several classes with availability this Friday and Saturday (1/26 and 1/27).
PUMPKIN Friday @ 1pm or Saturday @ 9am (1hour - $95)
BOWL Friday @ 3:30pm or Saturday @ 2pm (1hour - $95)
FLOWER Friday @ 2:30pm or Saturday @ 12:30pm (1hour - $95)
PAPERWEIGHT Saturday @ 9:30am (2.5 hours - $170)
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT - Friday and Saturday times available ($40)

CALL US TO RESERVE - 256.523.3188 OR EMAIL US AT [email protected]

Happy 2024 to all!  We are, thankfully, almost up and running for the new year.  After a major furnace overhaul, we shou...
01/12/2024

Happy 2024 to all! We are, thankfully, almost up and running for the new year. After a major furnace overhaul, we should be blowing glass by next Tuesday. All of our classes for January through April are now up on our website, www.orbixhotglass.com/events
Go check them out and call (256.523.3188) or email us ([email protected]) to register. We look forward to seeing folks at the studio.

We love our representation at dk Gallery. If you’re in the Atlanta area, check out their numerous events!
01/03/2024

We love our representation at dk Gallery. If you’re in the Atlanta area, check out their numerous events!

We are kicking off 2024 with a fantastic show this Friday night,
"No Beginning & No End: an Abstract Show"! The gallery is gorgeous and primed for our art loving people! We also will be highlighting Circles Cobb.

Art collecting is a great source of joy for all ages and we cannot be more excited to share our 2024 lineup with you! Each show will bring new art. New ideas and more joy for you to
Discover. Collect. Enrich. Here is our 1st Quarter 2024 lineup
https://dkgallery.us/lineup!

Please know our website contains each and every piece in the gallery. You can read all about each artist, learn the details of each piece including the price, and you can collect/purchase right from the website. www.dkgallery.us

If you're not ready just yet to purchase a piece, we can help you explore the idea of a piece further by doing a virtual hanging. You can send us a photo of your wall or setting and we'll return the photo with the image. You can actually do that direct on our website under "Virtual Image" underneath each artist's image as well.

We deliver in metro Atlanta. Ship worldwide. We love for collectors to try out a piece "On Approval" before they buy so each piece is in the happiest of homes.

We can assist with appraisals, framing, corporate collections, lighting and everything in between.

Oh did we mention, dk Gallery is the most special of event spaces to Elevate your events! Check out those details here.....
https://dkgallery.us/event-space

So come on and discover the greatest of artists right here on North Park Square on the Marietta Square. Once you go on this wondrous art walk of life, you'll realize the exceptional stable of artists we call dk Gallery family.

(Here featured Wyanne and Guest Artist Ute Kleemann-Sportschuetz with glasswork by Orbix Hot Glass)

Orbix is open tomorrow, December 29th, from 9am-1pm cst. After that, we will be closed for repairs until January 9th.
12/28/2023

Orbix is open tomorrow, December 29th, from 9am-1pm cst. After that, we will be closed for repairs until January 9th.

Made these yesterday and they were still warm a few minutes ago. These are available for some last minute shopping for l...
12/14/2023

Made these yesterday and they were still warm a few minutes ago. These are available for some last minute shopping for loved ones or a happy for yourself. Give us a call or check the website. These are the only colors we have made at the moment. Colors left to right in group image are ice blue, wine, cobalt, garnet , and lime.

https://orbixhotglass.com/our-collection/sugar-and-creamer/

The glassmaking process is truly like none other. So much to learn. Even after many years of exploring this material, I ...
12/13/2023

The glassmaking process is truly like none other. So much to learn. Even after many years of exploring this material, I still enjoy feeling like a beginner with all the surprises hidden many times in plain sight but revealing themselves to those that observe and pay attention. I hope to be more watchful each day this next year.
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Beauty in tension. Consider giving a sculptural curiosity as a gift this season. Smarter Everyday video links below will...
12/08/2023

Beauty in tension.
Consider giving a sculptural curiosity as a gift this season.
Smarter Everyday video links below will guide you to a better understanding of the Prince Rupert Drops and these moments preserved in glass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe-f4gokRBs&list=PLjHf9jaFs8XUixduCsJoz9M4AGxpTj9wv&index=1&pp=iAQB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1KT8PS6Zs4&pp=ygUSUHJpbmNlIHJ1cGVydCBkcm9w

https://orbixhotglass.com/product-category/prince-ruperts-drops/

https://www.calbreed.com/prince-ruperts-drop/

Evening.
11/30/2023

Evening.

Thanks for a great week.
11/05/2023

Thanks for a great week.

The 2023 Auburn University Ornament is ready to ship! This will be our 12th year making the official one.  With all of t...
10/19/2023

The 2023 Auburn University Ornament is ready to ship! This will be our 12th year making the official one. With all of the “Freeze” hype and the resumption of the Toomer’s rolling this fall, we thought a nod to white was appropriate this year. So whether you imagine snow or toilet paper on the Plains, we hope this holiday season resonates with a little War Eagle cheer. Purchase yours here: https://orbixhotglass.com/our-collection/auburn-university-2023-ornament/

Great teamwork today while totally immersed in the art making experience. So thankful. Excellent work today team.   .mag...
10/11/2023

Great teamwork today while totally immersed in the art making experience. So thankful. Excellent work today team. .magician

09/22/2023

For years many customers have asked us to offer Pumpkin Classes. We have not been able to simply due to the lack of enough hours in the day. However, beginning this October, we are extending our hours on Friday and Saturdays to accommodate more classes. So without further ado, please see the link below to register for a pumpkin class this fall. All classes are one hour in length and cost $95/person.
https://orbixhotglass.com/our-collection/pumpkin-class/

Our glass art studio & gallery has found artistic refuge in Alabama’s Appalachian foothills creating

This upcoming weekend, September 22-23rd, we have several openings for the one hour bowl classes.  Cost is $95/person.9a...
09/21/2023

This upcoming weekend, September 22-23rd, we have several openings for the one hour bowl classes. Cost is $95/person.

9am - Bowl Class
2:30pm - Bowl Class

We also have a few spots for ornament making. Please email or call us for more details and to make reservations. 256.523.3188 or [email protected]

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Making glass and enjoying the cooler weather.
09/08/2023

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Making glass and enjoying the cooler weather.

Beginning this Friday, September 1st, the hot shop is up and running!  Classes and demonstrations will be happening all ...
08/30/2023

Beginning this Friday, September 1st, the hot shop is up and running! Classes and demonstrations will be happening all weekend, so check out our website for all the days/times! Give us a call or email to sign up for a class.
www.orbixhotglass.com/events

For Labor Day weekend we have spots available in the following classes:
Friday - Blow Your Own Ornament, Flower and Bowl Classes
Saturday - Blow Your Own Ornament, Tumbler, Flower and Bowl classes available

Gallery Hours GALLERY AND HOT SHOP ARE OPEN 9AM-4PM TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. Hot Shop is closed during lunch hour (typically 1130-1230) CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY. SUMMER HOLIDAY CLOSURES - JULY 4th and the COMPLETE MONTH OF AUGUST (Some gallery appointments available) Lookout Mountain, Little River....

08/21/2023

Any of our glass lovers happen to have a large electric kiln collecting dust in their garage? I may be interested if it fits my needs.

Just a reminder!! Orbix closes to the public every August for repairs and rejuvenation.  If you want to place an order, ...
08/08/2023

Just a reminder!! Orbix closes to the public every August for repairs and rejuvenation. If you want to place an order, please visit our website, www.orbixhotglass.com , we have a lot of inventory ready to ship. If you want to make reservations for upcoming fall classes or have any questions, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 256.523.3188. Currently, we are taking reservations for many larger school/church/civic etc groups to come and make ornaments see demonstrations during September-December. We will be checking all of our messages and responding to inquiries. Thanks!

  our story A small glass studio nestled in the humble mountains of Alabama. Find out more… shop online If you can’t make it to our gallery, then browse the Orbix collection here. Invite handmade into your life.   news and updates Check out all our events here. Need directions to the studio? C...

The gallery at Orbix is open today, August 5th, from 10am-3pm. In the spirit of The World’s Longest Yard Sale that is cu...
08/05/2023

The gallery at Orbix is open today, August 5th, from 10am-3pm. In the spirit of The World’s Longest Yard Sale that is currently going on down the road, we have plenty of 2nds out for purchase. Stop by!!

Green Walnut. Looking forward to incorporating all this new knowledge of glass in to an expanded sculptural language. Th...
07/27/2023

Green Walnut.
Looking forward to incorporating all this new knowledge of glass in to an expanded sculptural language. Thanks for all the sharing

We still have some available spots this weekend for some of our classes!Friday, May 19th @ 1pm Bowl Class ($95/Person), ...
05/18/2023

We still have some available spots this weekend for some of our classes!
Friday, May 19th @ 1pm Bowl Class ($95/Person), 2:30 Flower Class ($95/person)

Saturday, May 20th 9am Tumbler Class ($170/person), 1pm or 2:30 Bowl Class ($95/person)

More information at www.orbixhotglass.com/events

Reservations can be made at 256.523.3188 or [email protected]

Address

3869 County Road 275
Fort Payne, AL
35967

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

(256) 523-3188

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