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.