Demos, Exhibitions & More!

Free & Open to the Public*

Wednesday, March 19, times vary per location
Day of Glass Chicago invites conference attendees as well as the general public on a tour of the city’s most influential glass art studios as an exciting preview for the Glass Art Society Conference. These events will be free and open to the public and will include tours, demonstrations and special exhibits of artwork. Visitors who complete the tour by visiting all participating locations will be eligible to win signature works from some of the studios. Join us for this unique opportunity to visit glass artmaking facilities in each of Chicago’s distinct and vibrant neighborhoods – see the city through the eyes of its artists!

*Some events require advanced registration. Please refer to listings for each location.
Venues: Ignite Glass StudiosWest SupplySolstice Stained GlassChicago Glass CollectiveChicago GlassworksLittle Black PearlChicago Hot GlassEd Hoy's InternationalOpal Glass Studios

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Ignite Glass Studios

401 North Armour Street, Chicago, IL 60642

8 am - 12 pm
During the Day of Glass, Ignite will be hosting a Pre-Conference Workshop, taught by Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen, which visitors will be able to view. Other visiting artists will be working in the studio at that time as well. A designated "tour guide" will lead visitors through the space and to introduce them to the artists at work.

West Supply

4201 W. Wrightwood, Chicago, IL 60639
9 am - 3 pm
West supply will have open-house for Day of Glass, with glass blowing and casting demonstrations throughout the day. Examples of "West Collection" pieces will be on display, along with work by WS artisans, and select Chicago-based designers whom work with WS. The metals casting demonstration will begin at 2pm.

Solstice Stained Glass

Architectural Stained Glass / Restoration and Commission
2010 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612
Open to public 12 pm - 6 pm; Stained Glass Invitational closed reception 6 pm - 9 pm
Solstice Stained Glass and Larry Zgoda Studio will be collaborating to host Chicago's first Stained Glass Invitational Exhibit at the Solstice studio on March 19. Part of the Day of Glass, this event will focus on increasing awareness of the rich stained glass community in the area by offering discussions about issues central to the craft, as well as brief demonstrations of working with the medium. A more in-depth, live demonstration of painting on stained glass will be underway through the course of the day, as different steps of a portrait will be painted on glass and kiln fired. 

Chicago Glass Collective

1770 W. Berteau Ave, Suite 203 B, Chicago, IL 60618
10 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 3 pm
CGC will have a pre-conference workshop taught by Carol Milne that visitors will be able to view during their visit to the studio. A selection of work will be on display by Carol Milne, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Kathryn Wightman and Chicago Glass Collective member artists. There will be a studio member on hand to show visitors the studio space. Flameworking demonstrations ongoing throughout the day.

Chicago Glassworks

2717 South Troy St, Chicago, IL 60623

10 am - 6 pm
Eric Bladholm will host an Open Studio event along with an exhibition of his and other Chicago area glass artists work. Located in a former 1920s iron foundry in Chicago's unique Little Village neighborhood 15 minutes southwest of downtown, Chicago Glassworks will provide on going hot glass demos from 10am until 6pm with various artists and techniques on display, including mold blowing for sculptural use, production techniques for lighting applications, sand casting, plus other uses of hot glass.

Little Black Pearl

1060 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653

12 pm - 5 pm
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy will be offering tours and student glass demonstrations by Little Black Pearl Students and surprise guests glass artists! We will also be offering snacks and beverages in the gallery, with a student art exhibition.

Chicago Hot Glass

1250 North Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60652
9 am - 5 pm
Come watch Joe Ivacic and his team create hot sculpted pieces, inspired by nature. To create this floral-themed work, they will be using the garage and multiple torches.



27625 Diehl Rd, Warrenville, IL 60555
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (*Bus leaves the Palmer House at 12:30.)
*This venue is not open to the public. Registration required
Tour and explore the largest art glass warehouse in North America!  Handmade, hand blown, machine rolled, no longer in production and our own private collections will be explored.  75,000 square feet of unique inspiration!

Opal Glass Studios

319 N. Albany Ave, Chicago IL, 60612
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sharon Bladholm will host an Open Studio Event at Opal Glass Studios, a multifaceted 4000 sq. ft. arts studio located in a historic 1913 loft building at the Albany Carrroll Arts Building in the fresh arts area of East Garfield Park, located 15 minutes due West of downtown and 6 blocks East of the Garfield Park Conservatory. On exhibit are many sculptural works in cast glass, cast bronze, ceramic, stained glass and mixed media, in addition to originals and photos of public art projects/installations. There will be a demonstration area displaying the steps taken to produce lost wax kiln cast glass. 

Much of Sharon's work has been inspired by her participation as artist on Scientific Expeditions to the Amazon. Come and enjoy refreshments in a small rain forest of art and plants!

The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.