Glen Echo Glassworks
Glen Echo Glassworks was the Washington, DC area’s first glass school. Today it continues
to provide one of the area's only studios for blown glass instruction, exhibitions, and special programs.
Under the direction of artist-in-residence Paul Swartwood, classes are offered year round for beginner through advanced students, and open studio time is available for experienced artists. Located in the former Caretaker’s Cottage, the studio is open to the public Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment for glassblowing demonstrations and viewing work by Glassworks artists.
Resident Artist/Instructors & Classes:
Paul began studying glassblowing and sculpture at Salisbury University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. For four years, he produced crystalware at the renowned Simon Pearce glass company. Over the years, Paul has been mostly influenced by Swedish and Italian techniques, admiring the luscious heaviness mastered by Swedish artists and the infinite combinations of color explored by Italian artists. In January 2009, Paul became a resident artist at Glen Echo Park, where he teaches all levels of glassblowing classes and offers private lessons to those who wish to refine their style and improve their technique.
See how it's done!