A Season of Fire & Ice

By Alex Carr, Communications Manager

Fire & Ice has officially arrived at Museum of Glass (MOG)! This festival offers something for everyone to enjoy—from frosty snowman crafts and an ice-cool Frozen™ sing-a-long to hot Museum Store sales and fiery glassblowing demonstrations, MOG visitors are sure to be entertained!

There are a lot of activities and events on the Fire & Ice calendar, but I am personally looking forward to the following highlights:

Nancy Callan’s Visiting Artist Residency, December 16 – 20: Nancy Callan’s iconic glass snowmen recently arrived at the Museum, filling the Grand Hall with winter spirit. Now that I have seen her festive works of art, I am excited to watch as she creates more pieces in the Hot Shop. Rumor has it she will be making another snowman!


Snowflake Fusing, December 17, 5 – 8 pm: Add a little sparkle to your home this holiday season with a hand-made fused snowflake! On December 17, from 5 to 8 pm, visitors can enjoy free admission to Museum of Glass and a special $12 fusing rate to make their own star or snowflake. See art and make art!


Ice, Ice, Baby, December 26, 2 – 3 pm: Every so often, the Hot Shop Team breaks away from their projects to have a little fun in the studio. Visitors may have seen the Team working with Visiting Artists or creating commissioned pieces or items for the Museum Store, but next month they will do a demonstration purely for fun. Visit the MOG Hot Shop on December 26 from 2 to 3 pm to see how molten glass and ice combine!

Which Fire & Ice events are you looking forward to? Check out the complete calendar here.

Alex Carr is the Communications Manager at Museum of Glass. When she’s not circulating the Hot Shop floor trying to get the perfect Instagram shot for the Museum, you’ll find her baking at home, running at Green Lake, or exploring Washington’s wineries.

Planting Seeds at Museum of Glass

By Sarah Daniels-Campbell, Squam River Studios Creative Director

The educational movement known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) made a visit to Museum of Glass (MOG) over the course of the last two weeks in the form of a class from kiln glass artist Shandra McLane. McLane and her team traveled from her studio, Squam River Studios, in New Hampshire to offer their self-designed curriculum, Engineering the Glass Seed, to a group of 23 high school students from Tacoma’s Science and Math Institute (SAMI) and Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA).

The curriculum provided a chance for students to explore various artistic, scientific, and mathematical concepts based on the inspiration of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a storehouse for the world’s seeds in the event of a man-made or climate disaster. The teens were asked, “If you could design a seed, what would be its purpose and what would it look like?”

During the class, which ran for three days, the students built clay models of their seeds, created a plaster mold from their models, and cast the molds in glass to be fired in the kiln. The class covered a wide range of topics, including: design principles, ratios, color-tinting, and basic mold-building.

This curriculum is a pilot program, funded by the Swedish American Exchange Fund Grant, and the Museum’s class was the third and final portion of the program. Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and The Glass Factory in Sweden also participated.

Learn more about Squam River Studios.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team

  1. Their favorite beer is Rainier.
  2. They go fly fishing—for salmon and trout. Team member Sarah Gilbert caught her first steelhead on a dry fly (something most people only dream about).
  3. They love 1980s soft rock favorites—especially Gabe Feenan, who often sings along.
  4. They go camping together once a year (this involves a lot of Rainier beer).
  5. They are major foodies.
  6. They bring sushi to staff potlucks (from fish they caught themselves—naturally).
  7. They always dress up for Halloween. This year they wore their best formalwear to work in the Hot Shop; last year they were convicts.
  8. They are handy, and own old houses in Tacoma that they like to renovate.
  9. They make their own light fixtures!
  10. One member can eat 22 tacos in one sitting. We can’t tell you what their favorite taco truck is—that’s proprietary information.
The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team on Halloween.
The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team on Halloween.