Create a Memorial Glass Paperweight–Workshop


We require a minimum of 2 booked sessions per day.  So the minimum booking is for a 2 session class.  Once we have the 2 session minimum, we will offer single session bookings for that day.  You are welcome to book a 2 session spot for yourself.  If you do that, you will be able to create 2 pieces.

Please note that your glass creation will need to spend the night in our annealing oven.  You will be able to pick it up after 11 am the following morning.  Shipping is available.

This class is taught outdoors and subject to cancellation or rescheduling if the weather is severe.  Our work space is covered, so we are generally OK with a light rain, but not lightning, high winds or extreme heat/cold.  If possible, we will let you know at least one day prior if your class cannot be conducted.  Note that we will not be able to teach classes if the heat index exceeds 90° F.

**Cancellation Policy:  We prepare for your class on the day prior to your scheduled class date and light our glass furnace for your class between 4 am and 6 am on the day of your class.  Once we light the furnace, there is no turning back for us.  So we cannot provide a refund or reschedule on the day of your class.  However, you may reschedule your class or request a refund up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled class time.  You can go to your Island Fire account page to reschedule

Pick one or more events on the calendar and click "Book Session"


Our Memorial Glass Paperweight Class allows you to take part in the creation of a memento of your loved one.  You will work with one of our glassblowers to help create your own unique paperweight style design, using a small amount of cremation ash.  Each session is about 30-40 minutes long.  Note that we have a daily minimum of 2 sessions, so you may choose to do this with another person, or you can do it by yourself and make two memorial objects. Once we have our daily minimum of sessions booked, we add single-session classes to our calendar for that day; so you may be able to find single sessions by searching our calendar for dates that already have bookings.

In this class you will be assisting our glassblower to make your memorial glass paperweight.  You will select and apply colors to your piece and help to shape it. You may choose from several different styles including a classical spherical paperweight, a heart, or a starfish.

The class is held at our outdoor hotshop.  We generate a lot of heat, in addition to what Mother Nature provides, so you should be prepared to sweat (or at least glow), which means you should bring Gatorade or your favorite drink.  We have filtered tap water in our coffee shop, as well as bottled water and other drinks for sale.  We provide safety glasses, which must be worn.  If you have prescription glasses, wear contacts if possible.  You may be able to wear the safety glasses over your prescription–we have special safety glasses for that purpose.

The class is limited to ages 16 and up unless it is taken with, or supervised by, a parent or guardian.  You must also sign a release before you can take the class. The release and more class information can be downloaded once you purchase your class session.  The class may be taken as a group, with each person taking their turn to make their piece while others watch or assist.  It takes about 20-30 minutes for each person.

If you don’t see a time that works for you, or you would prefer to do this class with more privacy, please call us.  We may be able to accommodate  groups outside of our normal instruction hours.  

If you prefer that we simply create your paperweight memorial without your assistance, we can help with that too.  Please call us to discuss your desires, or purchase one by clicking this link.

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