Beads of Courage
11:00 am11:00

Beads of Courage


North Carolina Glass Center



Calling all local bead makers, to join us for our first annual!

Beads of Courage: AVL Bead Challenge


Arts-in-Medicine for Children with Serious Illness

The Beads of Courage Program is designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. To mark major treatment milestones, children receive donated, handmade, one-of-a-kind glass beads. Through the program members tell their story using the colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey.



Who: We are Challenging our local community of bead makers to volunteer 1.5 hours of their talent to create and donate ‘Act of Courage’ beads.


When: May 20th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Studio Stroll Weekend


Where: North Carolina Glass Center, 140 Roberts St, Suite B, Asheville, NC 28806


How to volunteer?

Call North Carolina Glass Center 828.505.3552 to sign up for a 1.5 hr slot 

All supplies provided by sponsors North Carolina Glass Center and Mountain Glass Arts Inc.

Visiting Instructor:  Matt Eskuche April 8 & 9, 2017
Apr 9

Visiting Instructor: Matt Eskuche April 8 & 9, 2017

This class is designed to show an approach to glass at the torch that will provide a solid technical base from which a person's work can progress. With jacks, and diamond shears aiding them, students will experiment with blowing borosilicate tubing. Shape, scale, and proportion will be addressed in order to create forms of varied scale and difficulty. 


Basic knowledge of torch use required, one year of experience preferred.   Clear tubing will be provided as well as torches.  Students should feel free to provide their own torch and colored glass if preferred. 


Cost: $475 to sign up for the workshop call the studio or sign up online! / 828.505.3552 /


8 Week:  Hotshop I - The Basics  $645
4:00 pm16:00

8 Week: Hotshop I - The Basics $645

Fall in love with glassblowing! This introductory 8 week class will teach the basic skills of glassblowing. We will cover the process of how to gather molten glass from the furnace and shape it into basic clear forms such as paperweights, solid sculptures, bubbles and eventually drinking tumblers. This course will focus on the important fundamentals of studio safety, the proper use of tools, and working in teams to create blown glass objects. Color application will be covered towards the end of the session to demonstrate the possibilities of surface design. This class is designed for those who are new to the medium or have limited experience in glass and are seeking to build a solid set of skills in the art of glassblowing. This course meets on April 6th, 13th, 20th,27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 6 - 9 pm

Valentines Workshops
Feb 28

Valentines Workshops

Hot for hearts

In this exciting course, students will work one-on-one with an instructor to sculpt molten glass into a solid heart. Come make a heart in the color of your choice to give to someone special or to brighten your day.


A Sweet Medley: Glass Heart, Flowers, and Bud Vase

This medley course provides students with an awesome hands on opportunity to create multiple Valentine themes finished items in the glass blowing studio. Students will begin by creating a solid sculpted glass heart, followed by two glass flowers, and finally a bud vase. Each process will be guided one on one by an instructor. Make works to give to someone special or to accent your home.

This course can be taken by one or two students together. Each 2 hour class will create four finished items.


Fused Glass Valentine

Create a fused glass valentine for or with your sweetheart.
Students will learn how to cut flat glass and arrange it to create custom designs. Glass will be fused in a kiln to create the final fused glass valentine.


Stemless Wine Glass

nhance any meal by drinking out of glassware you made yourself. In this workshop students will choose their colors & work one-on-one with an instructor to create their own custom stemless wine glass.

Check Out These New Classes!  Fusing!!
Dec 23

Check Out These New Classes! Fusing!!

  • NC Glass Center

Check out this new FUSING class!  Great for families, friends or anyone wanting to get festive.  Festive Fused Ornaments- Our Festive Fusing class is great way to.....

Gift for Giving SALE and Ornament release
10:00 am10:00

Gift for Giving SALE and Ornament release

This holiday season the NCGC team is proud to be able to raise funds for organizations that help lift and support our community.  Our team of glass artists collaborated to make a limited release blown glass ornament and sculpted candy canes.  50% of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to MANNA Food Bank and Equality NC.


In addition to the ornament release is our annual seconds sale.  NCGC artists have cleared off their shelves and donated items to our Seconds/Overstock Sale.  Proceeds will be used to support our growing studio as we build towards the opening of our new location in the Ramp Studios.  This is a great opportunity for locals to grab some hand made artwork at prices marked to sell.

Make a Pumpkin!
Nov 23

Make a Pumpkin!

  • NC Glass Center

From now through Thanksgiving, stop in for one of our walk-in hot shop classes and make a pumpkin.