The art of glass blowing is something you often see at theme parks and festivals. Many people are shocked to learn that right here in Green Country, you can actually learn how to craft the ancient art yourself.
"Every time people come here the ‘wow' factor is a big part of why they do what they do," said Tulsa Gathering Place owner Sarah Diggdon.
Revitalizing downtown Tulsa has been in the headlines for quite some time. A perfect example of hidden treasures can be found in the Brady District. This is where you can find the Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio that attracts people of all ages. If you want to learn or just watch, this is the only open-access glassblowing facility in the state.
Catheryn Mason, President of Board of Directors of Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio, says the studio is all about awareness and education.
A non-profit organization, The Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio provides classes for students who can afford lessons as well as those who cannot by working with youth services. You can sign up online or simply call the studio. So we asked Diggdon what the typical reaction of first-time students is like.
"You're kind of naturally worried about how hot it is-that you might actually burn yourself. Then after about 30 to 40 minute of us guiding you, they're more concerned about their projects. You do eventually forget about how hot it is," said Diggdon.
Private and group lessons are available. The studio first opened its door back in 2003. Students of all ages are welcomed to try the hottest art in town, or like 9-year-old Benjamin, you can choose to just shop around.
Benjamin said the studio is very cool.
There are a number of hand crafted items throughout the store ready to purchase. They also make seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments and Valentines figurines.
"Every day is different. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to do what I like to do and also have people be excited about it," said Diggdon.
So if you think you can take the heat, head over to the Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio in the Brady District.
By: Margaret Stokes, NewsOn6.com anchor/reporter & Chris Howell, Video Journalist.
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