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Address: 26389 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561-5010
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+1 251-981-2787
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, this campus features...

Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, this campus features Alabama's only daily, open-access hot glass blowing facility where you can watch glass artists make beautiful hand blown works. Also available is The Clay Studio where you can work with our resident clay artist. Classes are also available in both studios. Our art gallery featuring gulf coast artists is currently housed in a small cottage, but our new waterfront gallery will be open in summer 2016. The bay front grounds are perfect for weddings and special events. The Art Center is also home for the highly regarded annual fine arts show "Festival of Art" of Orange Beach held the second weekend of March.

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It was cold and raining cats and dogs the day we visited, but we watched the glass blowers make a couple of pieces and it was fascinating. There was much more we would have loved... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2015
Brenda K
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Monticello, Arkansas, United States
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

Expensive day making Christmas ornaments as a family.. we are a pretty inquisitive bunch.. the glassblower said maybe two words and the lady in the office that lost our reservation was pretty rude. We are all artists in our family and this would have been a place we visited year after year if the reception was "warmer."

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 February 2015 via mobile

Stopped in here after lunch to watch the glassblowing craftsmen. Always fascinating to see how the artists make glass vases and other items. They will also teach you how to blow glass yourself! Items available for purchase. There's also a pottery studio where you can watch artists on the wheel, take classes, or paint your own. Nice mugs and other... More 

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Monticello, Arkansas, United States
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Reviewed 27 February 2015

It was cold and raining cats and dogs the day we visited, but we watched the glass blowers make a couple of pieces and it was fascinating. There was much more we would have loved to see, but after we got cold and wet getting from one building to the other, we left and promised ourselves we would come again... More 

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Reviewed 16 February 2015

Wonderful Local Art. Hands on Pottery classes, Glass blowing experience, etc. it is in a beautiful setting on Wolf Bay. All through the year they have special events going on that are entertaining, educational and Fun. Go!!!!

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Reviewed 22 January 2015

Stopped by on a cool day and was I impressed, a great and educational attraction for folks of all ages -- the staff was very knowledgeable and the artisans were fantastic

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Princeton, Kentucky
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Reviewed 15 November 2014

There was an amazing range of artists' styles and mediums displayed, and a beautiful small gift shop in a large coastal-style home. Our favorite part by far was our visit to the "Hot Shop" to watch a very skilled couple of glassblowers in action. This trip was during the surprise storm that hit the coast, and we were close enough... More 

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Orange Beach Alabama
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Reviewed 12 November 2014

It is difficult to add to the positive things said about this facility. The "HotShop" is where my fascination lies with this. There are "glory holes" in abundance with glass, glass and more glass. The glassblowers are inspired, professional, enthusiastic and friendly, they will walk one through the process of blowing a piece of glass for themselves such as a... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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Reviewed 9 October 2014

This was a great birthday gift form my wife and teens. Adam and Kerry were wonderful in guiding my family in creating their own piece of art at the Hot Shop. For a minimal fee per person you can have unique birthday party or just browse around and see how this lost art creates beautiful pieces of art.

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Cullman, Alabama
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Reviewed 29 September 2014

Great place to visit that beach goers do not think about, and what a shame. We love browsing, and sorta save it for a rainy day. However, it's fun anytime and buy able art is reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

I had the privilege of meeting Adam Burges and Kerry Parks at The Hot Shop and learning about different forms of glass art. I'm hooked!!!!! I can't wait to return to Orange Beach to take another class. Both Adam and Kerry were awesome and made the experience fun and exciting. My project turned out beautiful and I also purchased one... More 

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