TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: Pop-Up Glassblowing and Activities

Who doesn’t miss afternoons in the Hot Shop watching the Team in action? Well don’t worry, because for back-to-back weekends Museum of Glass is taking the Mobile Hot Shop to the streets! Starting August 28, MOG will be activating the outdoor plaza with live glassblowing, scavenger hunts, and artmaking activities from 12–3pm.

In addition to demos operated out of the Mobile Hot Shop, the Museum Store will be open and featuring new items for sale. The MOG Education staff will also host a limited amount of hands-on activities, which will vary by day and are free to participate. The activity schedule is as follows:

Friday, Aug. 28 & Sept. 4 – Creating coneheads: Color and decorate a vintage
conehead hat pattern.
Saturday, Aug. 29 & Sept. 5 – Painting on glass jars.

Sunday, Aug. 30 & Sept. 6 – Crafting suncatchers: Using recycled glass, create a 2D mosaic suncatcher to extend summer’s sunshine rays.

Join the Museum for some fun in the sun before the always short Washington summer ends. Members should also be sure to stop by the education table with your member card to receive a small token of gratitude for your support!

Chico Oktoberfest

By Sarah Gilbert, Hot Shop Technician 

For the last several years Museum of Glass has been lucky enough to be a part of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest in Chico, California. This huge celebration of malty refreshments brings in over 6,000 people every year. We are invited to bring our Mobile Hot Shop down as part of the entertainment. We work together with the great Jeff Lindsay of Cutting Edge Tools to organize local glassblowers from the area to all come together and make their wares. Jeff also organizes a live auction during the event where people can bid on items by the Oktoberfest attendees while the items are being made. All of the proceeds from this auction go to a local non-profit. It is a great way to keep the people watching and to give back to the community.

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Sarah Gilbert with the tools of the trade

For the last two years my wife and I have driven the big Mobile Hot Shop truck down to Chico. Our truck is 30 feet long with a capacity to carry 16 tons! In the truck we carry a Furnace, two glory holes, a garage, work benches, marvers, and everything else you might need to blow glass…just about anywhere.

Mobile Hot Shop Truck

Mobile Hot Shop Truck

Becca Chernow and Rich Langley were the artists that we would be collaborating with during our trip. Two days prior to the event, we met with them to off load all the equipment and get it hot in time for everyone to work.  We also got a great tour of the brewery while we were down there.  If you are a fan of Sierra Nevada you might recognize the labels- they are already making their holiday brew- “Celebration” beer in October!

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Sierra Nevada Brewery

It is always a pleasure to make it down to Chico and be a part of this event!  I look forward to many more years of good times in Chico!

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Chico Oktobertfest