On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, the Toledo Museum of Art is participating in Veterans Glassblowing Day, a national movement whose mission is to provide US veterans and active duty personnel with a free opportunity to experience glassblowing. The intention is to expose members of the military to a potentially marketable skill, create joy through artistic expression, and build community. For its part, the Museum will host a day of free hands-on glass experiences at the Glass Pavilion for veterans and those actively serving.
Military personnel can participate in free Glass Art Workshops where they can make a glass ornament. These hands-on, hour-long classes will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop. To reserve a spot, call 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 during Museum hours. Sixteen spots per session are available.
Glassblowing demonstrations will take place at 1 and 2 p.m. in the Hot Shop.
A special screening of the CRAFT IN AMERICA episode “Service” will play in the GlasSalon throughout the day. The SERVICE episode is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts and Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, SERVICEdocuments the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists include Eugene Burks Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos. The SERVICE episode is part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service and CPB initiative Veterans Coming Home.
Please note that family members cannot participate in the class but can watch from the audience in Hot Shop 1 (no audience allowed in Hot Shop 2); the demonstrations are also open to the public.
To learn more about Veterans Glassblowing Day, visit veteransglassblowingday.org.
10 a.m.: Glass Art Workshop (ornament project); 2 sessions (8 participants each)
11 a.m.: Glass Art Workshop (ornament project); 2 sessions (8 participants each)
noon: Docent-led tour
1 p.m.: Free glassblowing demonstration
2 p.m.: Free glassblowing demonstration
3 p.m.: Glass Art Workshop (ornament project); 2 sessions (8 participants each)
3 p.m.: Docent-led tour
4 p.m.: Glass Art Workshop (ornament project); 2 sessions (8 participants each)