As the seasons change in Seattle, so do the activities. When fall rolls around, everyone tends to head indoors. There are only so many times you can go bowling, though. That’s why we offer a fun alternative – Rainier Glass Studio blow-your-own glass activity.
While October through December are considered the peak season for Rainier Glass Studio (map), the blow-your-own glass activity is actually offered year-round. During the peak season, activities can be booked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, while days vary during the offseason (but are typically offered on Saturday).
Each blow-your-own glass activity takes about 20-30 minutes, and you can only book one person at a time. When Tove and I went to Rainier Glass Studio with our friend Kyle, we reserved three consecutive activities. Members of your party are encouraged to watch and take pictures, so it can be done as a fun group outing. If you’re curious, the blow-your-own glass activity is open to all ages.
When you first arrive at Rainier Glass Studio, you get to pick an item to make, and you also select the two colors you’d like to use. You can do either a spotted or swirl pattern for your creation. Tove chose a bowl. Kyle picked a pumpkin, and I went for an icicle ornament. Once you make your decision…it’s time to make glass!
It’s really cool to take part in the blow-your-own glass activity. You don’t have total control over the process, but you get to assist a Rainier Glass Studio artist in creating your item. With that said, you’re still actively involved. We were able to add color to our items, turn the glass in the (screaming hot) oven, and of course blow our own glass (hence the “blow-your-own glass” name). The whole process happens quickly. The three of us were in and out of the studio in an hour.
You don’t get to immediately walk out with your glass. It has to cool down before you pick it up. They ask that you return in a week to get your item.
The Rainier Glass Studio blow-your-own glass activity is a unique experience. It can help break up the monotony of the fall and winter season, or just give you something new to try. Plus, you (eventually) get to take home a beautiful keepsake that you helped create.
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