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Glass Blowing Classes

Get hands on experience in the art of glass blowing at JJ Gaffers. 
Classes at JJ Gaffers make wonderful gifts for birthdays, holidays and all milestones of life. Gift certificates for classes are available for sale at our studio or online in our shop.

Thanks for your interest in our glassblowing classes. We offer classes 5 days a week. We are closed on Monday and work on orders Tuesday. Classes take approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on what gets made. Each class is a one on one experience, unless you want to collaborate with another person or people to create a piece. Class start times range from 10-6 Wednesday-Sat and 10:30-5 on Sunday. Weekends, especially Saturdays, fill up the quickest. They usually are booked up 4-6 weeks in advance. We do not have an online calendar so the best way to schedule is through email - Send us the days/times you're available and we'll get you on the schedule. You can also text or call the shop at 515-745-3319. Email and texting is preferred since we can't always get to the phone.


Class prices are per piece, not per person. Prices range from $40-$150 per piece. Price depends on what you make, what colors you use and what design you choose. The coloring pattern affects the price almost as much as the shape. Example, a huge simple vase costs less than a complex drinking glass. Multiple people can take a class and collaborate to make one piece, or we can make one piece per person. Each person would go one at a time for individual pieces. Each piece can take 15-60 minutes, depending on what you decide to make. Most people choose to make something they're going to use such as drinking glasses, bowls, olive oil pourers, paperweights, hearts, vases, light shades and more. You can look around the gallery to get inspiration. The piece cools overnight and you can usually pick it up the next day.


We really have no age or physical requirements or restrictions. We've given classes to people ages 3-97 with all types of physical capabilities.


Gift cards are available for purchase through our website or in the shop. You can also pay when you come in for your class if you're not sure what you want to make.



Price tiers of gift cards lets you decide how in depth you want to get with your class. The more you spend, the more options you'll have on what pieces you want to make, colors and designs you can create. The higher priced gift cards also gives you the option to have other people join in the fun.


$75 - This tier gift card lets you make a couple small pieces (example: 2 ornaments) or one medium sized piece (example: oil pourer, bowl, drinking glass, etc.) Class time usually runs 30-40 minutes for this tier.


$110 - This tier gift card lets you make a more artistically complicated piece. You can add intricate designs and you have more color options. These steps are some of the most fun in glassblowing. Or, you can make a few smaller pieces if you choose. Class time usually runs about an hour.


$180 - This tier gift card lets you make a couple bigger pieces or multiple small/medium pieces. This tier is what people get when they want to make drinking glass sets, a couple pendant lights for the house, or if you want to bring friends, they can get in on the fun too. Class time runs about 80-90 minutes.


$300 - If you're not sure what to get someone, this tier gift card gives you two full hours of immersive glassblowing. Options are almost unlimited for this tier. You can make multiple items to update your house (example: light pendants, lamps, wall art, etc.) You can split the time up into several sessions, do it all at once, or bring a group of friends and enjoy the experience together. This is a good option for a team building event, couples on a date night or families.

Please reach out to us at for any questions regarding available class times. 

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