New Glass-Blowing Classes


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If you’ve got nothing on the family sports schedule tonight, think about making your own beer mug for Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s one of several interesting glass craft classes offered at GlassRoots, a studio space in Newark.

Their St. Paddys Beer Mug Blast is tonight (Wednesday, March 9) from 6 to 9 p.m. For $40, you create a stencil to sandblast on a beer mug.

On Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there’s a parent/child glassblowing glass. Participants will learn basic glassblowing skills by making a simple object, and then practice those skills by working as a team. The class fee is $225. Same day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., GlassRoots will participate in the GoNewark HoopFest to celebrate the 2011 NCAA East Regional Division I Mens Basketball Tournament with free glassblowing and flameworking demonstration, and a class that lets you make glass beads in your team colors. That class costs $30 per person.

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On Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., there’s a Ladies Night jewelry class that GlassRoots is touting this way: “Think you’re having hot flashes? Try making your own glass beads working on a 2000-degree torch.” They’re inviting participants to bring their own bottle of wine and Glassroots will supply the snacks. Class fee is $50.

Also in the jewelry department, there’s a beaded bezel glass cabochon pendant class on Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You’ll combine kiln-fired glass with crystals and seed beads. Class fee is $55.

GlassRoots Studio is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located at 10 Bleeker Street in Newark, one block from the Newark Museum. For additional information on classes or to register, visit its Web site, call (973) 353-9555 or e-mail.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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