Watch and learn glassblowing in Balboa Park!

Student learns glassblowing. Classes are taught just outside Studio 19 in Balboa Park's Spanish Village.
Student learns glassblowing. Classes are taught just outside Studio 19 in Balboa Park’s wonderful Spanish Village.

Would you like to watch skilled artists engaged in actual glassblowing, while you stand just a few feet from the action? Do you want to learn how to blow glass yourself?

If you’re in San Diego, head on over to the Spanish Village Art Center in beautiful Balboa Park. That’s where you’ll find the studios of over 200 local artists, including Studio 19, the home to some amazing glass artists.

Just outside Studio 19, on the colorful patio of Spanish Village, visitors can watch these glassblowing wizards or their students at work. Chances are you can observe the amazing action up close if you stop by on a weekend afternoon.

If you’d like to learn glassblowing, sign up for a fun class! Simply contact Studio 19. You can find their phone number here.

Vases made of colorful glass on display near Studio 19, home of skilled San Diego glass artists.
Vases made of colorful glass on display near Studio 19, home of talented San Diego glass artists.
Softening glass in the reheating furnace, or glory hole, which runs at a temperature over 2000 degrees! It's so blazing bright, protective sunglasses are used!
Softening glass in the reheating furnace, or glory hole, which runs at a temperature over 2000 degrees! It’s so blazing bright, protective sunglasses are used!
Using one of several fascinating tools that help an artisan shape molten glass. I believe this is called a v-block. Steam rises off wet newspapers.
Using one of several fascinating tools that help an artisan shape molten glass. I believe this is called a v-block. Steam rises off wet newspapers.
Mitts used to protect hands from extremely high temperatures!
Mitts used to protect hands from extremely high temperatures!
A bicyclist rode up to watch live glass blowing in Spanish Village. This is a very special place where the public can observe skilled glass artists at work.
A bicyclist rode up to watch live glass blowing in Spanish Village. This is a very special place where the public can observe inspired glass artists at work.
Student blows through tube while artist Andy Cohn holds a paddle to flatten the bottom of the forming piece. Colored glass bits, or frit, can be seen on the table nearby.
Student blows air through blowpipe while artist Andy Cohn holds a paddle to flatten the bottom of the forming piece. Colored glass bits, or frit, can be seen on the steel table, or marver, nearby.

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