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Best Places For Glass Art In Charlotte

July 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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Charlotte’s community of glass artists is developing a reputation around the nation. You can buy for home, office or church, or create your own with the following glass artists and instructors.
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Art in the Dairy

7701 Tuckaseegee Road
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 287-4572

Art in the Dairy offers a one- to three-hour fused-glass class which delves into the properties and behavior of glass as a creative medium. Students come away with a creation of their own using prefabricated pieces created at the Dairy. The fee for this class is $100 but worth every cent. The Glass Torch class is offered on Sundays where students can learn basic fire safety and techniques for making fused-glass elements. This two-and-half-hour class, “a step above bead making,” includes all glass and tools and is required for the glassblowing class.

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Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio
128-C E Park Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 577-1254

“Ciel” means heaven in French, and the name is appropriate for the gorgeous glass art at this South End gallery. Artists may create mosaics using a multitude of forms – stained glass, handmade Italian glass, beach glass, mirrors and glass beads. Look forward to learning flat-stacking and edge-stacking techniques at a class on Radical Dimension in Glass Mosaic on November 2-4, 2012, with visiting-artist Kelley Knickerbocker from Seattle. The fee for this class is $350.




Designer Glass Mosaics
11182 Downs Road
Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 905-7904

“Glass as an art form” is the mantra of Designer Glass Mosaics, attracting students from as far away as the west coast and Mexico for its mosaic and fused-glass workshops. Artists at Designer Glass Mosaics coordinated the creation of a 30,000 piece sunburst mosaic for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in 2006. HGTV’s “Great Rooms” and Southern Living Magazine have also featured work from this school. Shoppers may choose creations including platters, vases, three-dimensional works, fireplaces, furniture, lighting, color-slacked tiles and more. Work may be seen in local restaurants and locations as far away as California. Upcoming classes for beginners and students with intermediate experience include a one-day fusing class and a three-day mosaic class.

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Dish it Out Pottery Studio
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7828-C Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 544-4848

Park Towne Village
1600 E Woodlawn Road, Suite 252
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 529-1766

Dish It Out Pottery Studio offers glass fusing and slumping. It invites customers to “create their own glass masterpieces instead of paying hundreds of dollars to buy one.” According to the website, students are a part of the creative process and will learn about “frit, noodles, stringers, nippets and rods.” Glass fusing, depending on project size, ranges from $16 to $60. Glass slumping, for which a second firing is necessary, costs an additional $6 per piece. Throw a glass party and invite your friends. Parties of 10 or less cost a $25 flat fee and the price of the glass project for each participant. Parties of 11 or more cost a $50 flat fee plus the price of the glass project per person. Dish It Out also provides artistic camps for ages five years and older during the summer months. Topics include clay building, pottery painting, spin-art, mosaics, window art, tie-dying, glass fusing, wearable art and much more. The cost is $175 per week, including snacks and a tee shirt.

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Glassworks Stained Glass Studio
10625 Texland Blvd, Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28273
(704) 519-4881

Whether you are interested in church windows, commercial or residential creations, supplies to do it yourself or antique restoration and repair services, Glassworks Stained Glass Studio has it all. Its gallery of custom designs demonstrates a vast array of creations with input from loyal customers. Cold, warm and hot glass supplies are available for purchase. A three-hour, glass-cutting class is offered for beginners at $35.

Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at

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