Rosey

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5.0 | 41 reviews

Rosey

164 have dabbled | 41 reviews
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5.0 | 41 reviews
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Rosey Merkin

Rosey Merkin is a Glass Artist and Teacher in Chicagoland. With 15+ years of experience, Rosey has worked in schools, public, and private studios. She does not just make Art and teach people how to make Art. She takes on roles similar to construction workers or therapists. Most people do not realize Glass Artists build and maintain their equipment, tools, ovens, and furnaces. There is an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into helping people enjoy working with molten glass.

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I'm an Independent Artist and my classes occur at various locations in Chicago and Chicagoland. Most of my hot glass classes happen in the East Garfield Park Neighborhood or the Humboldt Park Neighborhood. Both locations are near the highway with ample parking and near public transportation. Since I do not work for my venues, and since some of my venues are also residential, the exact location of the class will be messaged to you within 24 hours of the actual class time. If you need to check about the location beforehand, just call or send a message with the day and time you are interested in.

ABOUT THIS TEACHER

Rosey Merkin is a Glass Artist and Teacher in Chicagoland. With 15+ years of experience, Rosey has worked in schools, public, and private studios. She does not just make Art and teach people how to make Art. She takes on roles similar to construction workers or therapists. Most people do not realize Glass Artists build and maintain their equipment, tools, ovens, and furnaces. There is an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into helping people enjoy working with molten glass.

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I'm an Independent Artist and my classes occur at various locations in Chicago and Chicagoland. Most of my hot glass classes happen in the East Garfield Park Neighborhood or the Humboldt Park Neighborhood. Both locations are near the highway with ample parking and near public transportation. Since I do not work for my venues, and since some of my venues are also residential, the exact location of the class will be messaged to you within 24 hours of the actual class time. If you need to check about the location beforehand, just call or send a message with the day and time you are interested in.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

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    Justine R.
    Reviewed on 04/22/19

    I booked a private class as a surprise for my boyfriend and we had a great time. We were able to complete four projects (including the demo paper weight) and found Rosey's instruction very easy to follow. Can't wait to pick up our glass!

    I booked a private class as a surprise for my boyfriend and we had a great time. We were able to complete four projects (including the demo paper weight) and found Rosey's instruction very easy to follow. Can't wait to pick up our glass!

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    Sheila S.
    Reviewed on 04/09/19

    Fantastic experience! Rosey went out of her way to make this extra special for my husband and young adult son. They both were hesitant to take the time out to do this but came back with big smiles on their faces and both stated they would love to learn more and do it again!

    Fantastic experience! Rosey went out of her way to make this extra special for my husband and young adult son. They both were hesitant to take the time out to do this but came back with big smiles on their faces and both stated they would love to learn more and do it again!

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    Tricia K.
    Reviewed on 04/08/19

    My sister and I had a fun and memorable time glassblowing with Rosey. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and safety-minded. She made what could be an intimidating process very clear and doable by letting us know the next steps to expect, what adjustments we need to make, what NOT to do, etc. We were each able to make 2 items with Rosey and also take home her demo project. This is such a unique opportunity to create art - I would encourage anyone to give it a try!

    My sister and I had a fun and memorable time glassblowing with Rosey. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and safety-minded. She made what could be an intimidating process very clear and doable by letting us know the next steps to expect, what adjustments we need to make, what NOT to do, etc. We were each able to make 2 items with Rosey and also take home her demo project. This is such a unique opportunity to create art - I would encourage anyone to give it a try!

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    Mindy M.
    Reviewed on 03/26/19

    It was an awesome experience! I went with my boyfriend and 2 teenagers. We loved the entire experience and can’t wait to go again.

    It was an awesome experience! I went with my boyfriend and 2 teenagers. We loved the entire experience and can’t wait to go again.

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    Jolene H.
    Reviewed on 03/01/19

    I was so excited to learn we could take this glass blowing class! I can’t say enough good things about her and her class. Rosie is a great teacher who might I add is super sweet with so much patients and knowledge. She is a wonderful person to work with and made things so enjoyable and easy to understand. She lets you get to it and she makes sure you have fun and also makes sure you are safe. She went above and beyond and even gave us pointers on good places to see after her class! If you are looking into trying it just go for it! I would recommend her class for anyone who wants to try glass blowing. You won’t regret it! Give her a try! She will make sure you come home with something beautiful! We will be back!

    I was so excited to learn we could take this glass blowing class! I can’t say enough good things about her and her class. Rosie is a great teacher who might I add is super sweet with so much patients and knowledge. She is a wonderful person to work with and made things so enjoyable and easy to understand. She lets you get to it and she makes sure you have fun and also makes sure you are safe. She went above and beyond and even gave us pointers on good places to see after her class! If you are looking into trying it just go for it! I would recommend her class for anyone who wants to try glass blowing. You won’t regret it! Give her a try! She will make sure you come home with something beautiful! We will be back!

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    Lily T.
    Reviewed on 02/10/19

    My husband and I went to this Glassblowing class that could have up to 4 people. While 4 people registered the other two were a little late, and the instructor was really great about letting us get started right away. In fact, they ended up dividing the class so that we basically took the first half and the other couple took the second half (but learned by watching the end of what we were doing). This took some flexibility on the instructors part and I appreciate that they made it work. Also, the instruction was really clear and easy to follow, the activity was fun, and we ended up with a really nice paperweight to show for our efforts (well, we each made one). Keep in mind, the glass will take time to cool, so you won't be walking out with what you make but will want to either pick it up or have it shipped to you. All in all, a great experience and one we wouldn't mind repeating & have recommended to friends.

    My husband and I went to this Glassblowing class that could have up to 4 people. While 4 people registered the other two were a little late, and the instructor was really great about letting us get started right away. In fact, they ended up dividing the class so that we basically took the first half and the other couple took the second half (but learned by watching the end of what we were doing). This took some flexibility on the instructors part and I appreciate that they made it work. Also, the instruction was really clear and easy to follow, the activity was fun, and we ended up with a really nice paperweight to show for our efforts (well, we each made one). Keep in mind, the glass will take time to cool, so you won't be walking out with what you make but will want to either pick it up or have it shipped to you. All in all, a great experience and one we wouldn't mind repeating & have recommended to friends.

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    Marie D.
    Reviewed on 01/23/19

    We had a great time in class with Rosey! I signed up for a private lesson with 5 of us, and we each got to do a project of our choice. Rosey did a great job demonstrating what to do and helping us through each step to create our masterpiece!! We love the class and had a lot of fun, and each got to make a wonderful blown glass masterpiece.

    We had a great time in class with Rosey! I signed up for a private lesson with 5 of us, and we each got to do a project of our choice. Rosey did a great job demonstrating what to do and helping us through each step to create our masterpiece!! We love the class and had a lot of fun, and each got to make a wonderful blown glass masterpiece.

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    Madeleine A.
    Reviewed on 01/10/19

    I could not recommend this class enough. Rosie was extremely nice and helpful and really took her time to make the experience great for me and my mother. She did an amazing demonstration and then allowed each of us to create our own piece and really allowed us to help a lot even though we had limited experience. It was essentially a two hour private lesson and totally worth the money. I would recommend this class to anyone!!

    I could not recommend this class enough. Rosie was extremely nice and helpful and really took her time to make the experience great for me and my mother. She did an amazing demonstration and then allowed each of us to create our own piece and really allowed us to help a lot even though we had limited experience. It was essentially a two hour private lesson and totally worth the money. I would recommend this class to anyone!!

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    Dave S.
    Reviewed on 01/06/19

    Rosey was great to meet and she really takes her time explaining everything before you get your hands dirty. Awesome "hands on" experience! Totally recommend this class!

    Rosey was great to meet and she really takes her time explaining everything before you get your hands dirty. Awesome "hands on" experience! Totally recommend this class!

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    Alex T.
    Reviewed on 01/02/19

    My wife had been wanting to try glass blowing for a long time and therefore the expectations were high. Rosey was an outstanding teacher, by chance our workshop ended up being just ourselves and Rosey which made the experience even more memorable.

    The sessions started with Rosey giving us an overview of glassblowing and demonstration of the item we had selected to make. When it came to our turn to create our glass pieces Rosey struck the perfect balance of giving us a feeling on control and independence without ever leaving us feeling worried or unsafe.

    This was by far more involved and interesting than other glass blowing courses people we know have undertaken and it is all down to our wonderful instructor.

    My wife had been wanting to try glass blowing for a long time and therefore the expectations were high. Rosey was an outstanding teacher, by chance our workshop ended up being just ourselves and Rosey which made the experience even more memorable.

    The sessions started with Rosey giving us an overview of glassblowing and demonstration of the item we had selected to make. When it came to our turn to create our glass pieces Rosey struck the perfect balance of giving us a feeling on control and independence without ever leaving us feeling worried or unsafe.

    This was by far more involved and interesting than other glass blowing courses people we know have undertaken and it is all down to our wonderful instructor.

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    Genevieve N.
    Reviewed on 12/10/18

    My mom and I took the Make your Own Glass Art class with Rosey. We were able to make our own pieces with her guidance and direction - It was so interesting and incredibly rewarding! This class gave me such an appreciation for the art of glassblowing. I highly suggest it!

    My mom and I took the Make your Own Glass Art class with Rosey. We were able to make our own pieces with her guidance and direction - It was so interesting and incredibly rewarding! This class gave me such an appreciation for the art of glassblowing. I highly suggest it!

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    Kim F.
    Reviewed on 12/07/18

    Our instructor was sick, but we were redirected to David. David was enthusiastic, knowledgable and confident. I really enjoyed his style of teaching. I did so much more than I anticipated and created something I am really proud of. Highly recommend.

    Our instructor was sick, but we were redirected to David. David was enthusiastic, knowledgable and confident. I really enjoyed his style of teaching. I did so much more than I anticipated and created something I am really proud of. Highly recommend.

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    Jennifer S.
    Reviewed on 12/02/18

    Had an AMAZING time!!! A previous "group glass - everyone helps make one piece" left me wanting more. Rosey was patient, encouraging & awesome - a fantastic teacher! She let me do as much as I could & took over the parts that were beyond my skillset. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!! - Why did I wait so long to book this???

    Had an AMAZING time!!! A previous "group glass - everyone helps make one piece" left me wanting more. Rosey was patient, encouraging & awesome - a fantastic teacher! She let me do as much as I could & took over the parts that were beyond my skillset. I would do it again in a heartbeat!!! - Why did I wait so long to book this???

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    Daliah S.
    Reviewed on 11/05/18

    Very cool experience. Rosey was patient with us and gave us great instruction. We love our glass pendants!

    Very cool experience. Rosey was patient with us and gave us great instruction. We love our glass pendants!

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    Natasha G.
    Reviewed on 10/23/18

    Such a cool experience. Rosey is so encouraging, helpful, SO patient and just such a great instructor. Took me a while to get confidence in what I was doing, but mine and my sister's pendants both turned out awesome and so unique., Great class!

    Such a cool experience. Rosey is so encouraging, helpful, SO patient and just such a great instructor. Took me a while to get confidence in what I was doing, but mine and my sister's pendants both turned out awesome and so unique., Great class!

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    Ann G.
    Reviewed on 10/08/18

    We enjoyed our time with Rosey very much. She is delightful and patient and excited about her craft. We would recommend her to anyone!

    We enjoyed our time with Rosey very much. She is delightful and patient and excited about her craft. We would recommend her to anyone!

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    Jade L.
    Reviewed on 09/25/18

    Rosey is great, we had a wonderful time at our private session. My boyfriend and I each had a good amount of time being hands on and blowing glass. She knows her stuff and makes the class really fun and engaging! I would highly recommend this to my friends. Great date night.

    Rosey is great, we had a wonderful time at our private session. My boyfriend and I each had a good amount of time being hands on and blowing glass. She knows her stuff and makes the class really fun and engaging! I would highly recommend this to my friends. Great date night.

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    Viktoria R.
    Reviewed on 09/23/18

    What a fantastic experience! Rosey is not only a talented artist, she's a great teacher - she explained what she was doing while demoing, and then gently reminded and talked me through when it was my turn. I was lucky to have been the only person signed up for my class, so I got a private lesson in glass making and was able to try a slightly more advanced technique. My pendants turned out beautifully! This would be great idea for a girls' night, birthday party, or if you just need an excuse to have fun doing something slightly out of the ordinary.

    What a fantastic experience! Rosey is not only a talented artist, she's a great teacher - she explained what she was doing while demoing, and then gently reminded and talked me through when it was my turn. I was lucky to have been the only person signed up for my class, so I got a private lesson in glass making and was able to try a slightly more advanced technique. My pendants turned out beautifully! This would be great idea for a girls' night, birthday party, or if you just need an excuse to have fun doing something slightly out of the ordinary.

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    Chun Y.
    Reviewed on 09/15/18

    Very great experience. Teacher was very nice and walked me through every steps. Excited about my final piece.

    Very great experience. Teacher was very nice and walked me through every steps. Excited about my final piece.

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    Neha G.
    Reviewed on 07/25/18

    Its so awesome! My boyfriend and I had the best time. We were able to make 5 pieces. Rosey our instructor was great! Super informative, patient, funny, and super helpful. Just an awesome teacher!

    Its so awesome! My boyfriend and I had the best time. We were able to make 5 pieces. Rosey our instructor was great! Super informative, patient, funny, and super helpful. Just an awesome teacher!

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    Cara K.
    Reviewed on 07/18/18

    I got this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend and it did not disappoint! We each got to make a bowl and had a blast in the process. Rosey was awesome and made it a safe, fun experience. Would highly recommend!

    I got this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend and it did not disappoint! We each got to make a bowl and had a blast in the process. Rosey was awesome and made it a safe, fun experience. Would highly recommend!

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    Allison J.
    Reviewed on 06/07/18

    We loved our glass blowing experience with Rosie! I took my mom as a mother's day present and it exceeded our expectations. Rosie was kind, patient, and knowledgeable. We finished with 3 bowls and a heart shaped paperweight! Would definitely recommend!

    We loved our glass blowing experience with Rosie! I took my mom as a mother's day present and it exceeded our expectations. Rosie was kind, patient, and knowledgeable. We finished with 3 bowls and a heart shaped paperweight! Would definitely recommend!

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    Tricia S.
    Reviewed on 05/27/18

    We had a great class with Rosey. She was a wonderful teacher, very calm but also serious about the process. She explained everything nicely and we will get to take home some awesome items! I would do this class again and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different!

    We had a great class with Rosey. She was a wonderful teacher, very calm but also serious about the process. She explained everything nicely and we will get to take home some awesome items! I would do this class again and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different!

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    Mary R.
    Reviewed on 04/16/18

    Fantastic class. Best instructor, she was patient, fun and helpful. We learned a lot about glass blowing and she helped us create beautiful keepsakes.

    Fantastic class. Best instructor, she was patient, fun and helpful. We learned a lot about glass blowing and she helped us create beautiful keepsakes.

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    Mary R.
    Reviewed on 04/16/18

    Fantastic class. Best instructor, she was patient, fun and helpful. We learned a lot about glass blowing and she helped us create beautiful keepsakes.

    Fantastic class. Best instructor, she was patient, fun and helpful. We learned a lot about glass blowing and she helped us create beautiful keepsakes.

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    Dale R.
    Reviewed on 03/28/18

    Awesome!! Rosey is a terrific teacher and also lots of fun to be with. She immediately made us feel comfortable and safe. She helped us every step of the way as our group of three each made beautiful glass creations of our choice. I highly recommend this activity.

    Awesome!! Rosey is a terrific teacher and also lots of fun to be with. She immediately made us feel comfortable and safe. She helped us every step of the way as our group of three each made beautiful glass creations of our choice. I highly recommend this activity.

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    Laura G.
    Reviewed on 03/06/18

    Our second class with Rosey. She's a great teacher: very knowledgeable, encouraging, enthusiastic. A wonderful hands-on experience!

    Our second class with Rosey. She's a great teacher: very knowledgeable, encouraging, enthusiastic. A wonderful hands-on experience!

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    Haibo L.
    Reviewed on 03/05/18

    It was a wonderful experience - highly recommend!

    It was a wonderful experience - highly recommend!

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    Erin K.
    Reviewed on 03/01/18

    I have previous glass experience but this was my first time working with Rosey...she was able to meet me where I was at with my learning level and show me new things! Super venue at the firehouse and that was neat because I hadn't worked here before. I will definitely sign up for more glass adventures. You will come away with something special, no matter what you set out to make!

    I have previous glass experience but this was my first time working with Rosey...she was able to meet me where I was at with my learning level and show me new things! Super venue at the firehouse and that was neat because I hadn't worked here before. I will definitely sign up for more glass adventures. You will come away with something special, no matter what you set out to make!

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    Laura G.
    Reviewed on 02/28/18

    Rosey is awesome. We had a great time!

    Rosey is awesome. We had a great time!

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    Jodie L.
    Reviewed on 02/26/18

    I highly recommend this class if you have ever thought about trying glassblowing. Learning through a private lesson gave us time to learn more about the art and technique and we were able to make some really neat projects. Rosey is a great teacher - very encouraging, fun, and knowledgeable. I may sign up for another one in the future so I can create more!

    I highly recommend this class if you have ever thought about trying glassblowing. Learning through a private lesson gave us time to learn more about the art and technique and we were able to make some really neat projects. Rosey is a great teacher - very encouraging, fun, and knowledgeable. I may sign up for another one in the future so I can create more!

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    Lrfergo1@Comcast.Net L.
    Reviewed on 02/19/18

    We thoroughly enjoyed our intro to glassblowing with Rosey. She taught us with precision, care, and good humor, and we got a good feel for this beautiful art form. Highly recommended.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our intro to glassblowing with Rosey. She taught us with precision, care, and good humor, and we got a good feel for this beautiful art form. Highly recommended.

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    Rebecca N.
    Reviewed on 02/13/18

    Rosie was awesome and worked with us one on one to create our pieces! We were able to pick out what we wanted to create and what colors to add. A very hands on experience! I will schedule with her again!

    Rosie was awesome and worked with us one on one to create our pieces! We were able to pick out what we wanted to create and what colors to add. A very hands on experience! I will schedule with her again!

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    Abby J.
    Reviewed on 01/08/18

    Rosey is an EXTREMELY talented and personable person. She walks you through glass blowing step by step and makes sure you feel comfortable with scolding hot materials. She helps you learn the trade from its origin, right down to the nit and grit of hands on glass blowing. Rosey helped me make a stunning gift that I know will be absolutely perfect for my Fathers birthday. If you have any doubts, you shouldnt.

    Rosey is an EXTREMELY talented and personable person. She walks you through glass blowing step by step and makes sure you feel comfortable with scolding hot materials. She helps you learn the trade from its origin, right down to the nit and grit of hands on glass blowing. Rosey helped me make a stunning gift that I know will be absolutely perfect for my Fathers birthday. If you have any doubts, you shouldnt.

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    Mark M.
    Reviewed on 12/30/17

    Rosey was super awesome. She accommodated our group very well even though we went over capacity. she even stayed for extra time so we could finish an extra glass item. She was very prompt in responding via text. I highly recommend this class, it was so fun and the final glass piece is something I'll cherish forever.

    Rosey was super awesome. She accommodated our group very well even though we went over capacity. she even stayed for extra time so we could finish an extra glass item. She was very prompt in responding via text. I highly recommend this class, it was so fun and the final glass piece is something I'll cherish forever.

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    Phillip K.
    Reviewed on 12/24/17

    I learned a lot, plan to sign-up again for it.

    I learned a lot, plan to sign-up again for it.

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    Coryn W.
    Reviewed on 12/07/17

    I booked this class to surprise my fiancee with something cool to do for his birthday, and Ms. Merkin did not disappoint! We had so much fun learning the techniques and some of the history of glass blowing. It was an awesome experience and we will be doing it again!

    I booked this class to surprise my fiancee with something cool to do for his birthday, and Ms. Merkin did not disappoint! We had so much fun learning the techniques and some of the history of glass blowing. It was an awesome experience and we will be doing it again!

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    Leesa A.
    Reviewed on 11/15/17

    Had an informative one-on-one class and created some one of a kind treasures. A painless introduction for anyone interested in learning to make glass beads.

    Had an informative one-on-one class and created some one of a kind treasures. A painless introduction for anyone interested in learning to make glass beads.

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    Raechel W.
    Reviewed on 11/02/17

    Man, I LOVED this class! My boyfriend and I took a private class with Rosey and learned how to make double-walled bowls (we made 2!) and a paperweight. I have never had an experience like this. Rosey dug right in with us and taught us all the proper safety and protocol along the way. She has an enormous amount of skill and did a great job gently directing us so that our projects turned out nicely. I will definitely be back!

    Man, I LOVED this class! My boyfriend and I took a private class with Rosey and learned how to make double-walled bowls (we made 2!) and a paperweight. I have never had an experience like this. Rosey dug right in with us and taught us all the proper safety and protocol along the way. She has an enormous amount of skill and did a great job gently directing us so that our projects turned out nicely. I will definitely be back!

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    Chloe J.
    Reviewed on 06/05/17

    What a fun time! I bought this for my mom for a fun mother's day outing together. We got to make our own bowl or vase with Rosey's oversight and incredible guidance. It was a once in a lifetime experience, for sure!

    Rosey was incredible and so informative. Above and beyond that, she was so accommodating and wanted us to walk away with such a positive first experience at glassblowing. Thank you to Rosey for being so great throughout the whole process!

    What a fun time! I bought this for my mom for a fun mother's day outing together. We got to make our own bowl or vase with Rosey's oversight and incredible guidance. It was a once in a lifetime experience, for sure!

    Rosey was incredible and so informative. Above and beyond that, she was so accommodating and wanted us to walk away with such a positive first experience at glassblowing. Thank you to Rosey for being so great throughout the whole process!

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    Katie W.
    Reviewed on 04/16/17

    Great class! Teacher was awesome and very patient with us. She made the Class super fun and was easy to work with. I would recommend this to anyone interested in trying out glass working.

    Great class! Teacher was awesome and very patient with us. She made the Class super fun and was easy to work with. I would recommend this to anyone interested in trying out glass working.

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