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Glass Academy holding weekend holiday show & sale at Dearborn studio

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The Glass Academy will present Holiday Celebrations in Glass this weekend at its studio in the west end of Dearborn, 25331 Trowbridge.

All ages will have free admission to the Glass Academy's opening reception for its holiday show & sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will see the work that the Glass Academy has been doing; said Lisa Neitzer (who handles the Glass Academy office and classes during the day); such as snowmen, candy cane, icicles and ornament.

The show & sale will also feature pine trees, “a Michigan favorite...now a treasured keepsake for generations,” which Neitzer noted are made 100 percent from recycled brass. Visitors are invited to learn about the eco-friendly aspects of this at the show.

There will also be live glass-blowing demonstrations both days of the show, Neitzer added, and the craftsmen will take orders for custom-made objects, such as the customer wanting a snowman made with a scarf around its neck, or a certain kind of tree. Any custom order will have to cool and be picked up later, “but we'll make it for them,” Neitzer promised.

The Dec. 7-8 event is one of three weekend shows which the Glass Academy holds throughout the year, Neitzer said, and each one has a preview party prior to the opening reception. The preview party for Holiday Celebrations in Glass will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, offering appetizers and the first choice of items to purchase.

“You don't have to wait in line to buy things,” she said.

To attend the Dec. 5 preview party, one can buy the $50 admission tickets on-line at www.glassacademy.com, Neitzer said, or pay for them at the door. For more information on the holiday show & sale, go to the website, or call (313) 561-4527.

The Glass Academy holds classes mainly at night in a 14,000 square foot building, according to Neitzer, half of which is devoted to a furnace “making stuff” and the other half to a gallery “to sell it.” Several other small areas are dedicated to certain types of crafting such as beads.

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