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Glassworks houses the Mark Payton Glass Center and Flame Run. See live...

Glassworks houses the Mark Payton Glass Center and Flame Run. See live demonstrations in Glassblowing and Flameworking on our daily tours. Make a project in our Walk-in Workshop. Shop around in one of our two galleries. Hours are 10-5pm Monday - Saturday. Closed Sundays.

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Great learning experience!

This is not your typical museum-tour vacation stop. However, if you are in the area, definitely check it out! They have a seating area where you can view the glass making... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 September 2013
Westville, Indiana
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Spring, Texas, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

We wanted to make a piece of art. All they offered was an ornament. We wanted to make an actual piece of blown glass...not really an option since they di not have a person that day to show us that level of blown glass. The glass was ridiculously priced. Not to mention nothing great. They did have a few vases,... More 

Thank Brenda C
Mark P, Manager at Glassworks, responded to this review

We are very sorry you did not enjoy your time at the Mark Payton Glass Center. The Glassworks facility is actually comprised of two separate businesses. We, the Mark Payton Glass Center, deal with flameworked and flat glass. Flame Run, the company across the hall, does all of the glassblowing. While we do not offer blown glass projects at MPGC,... More 

Mount Prospect, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

Some of the other reviewers mentioned that it was free, but we had to pay for the tour (I think it was $8 a person?) It's self guided, so they give you a sheet of paper and point you in the right direction. There are two different viewing areas. The first is where 4-6 people are blowing glass ornaments (we... More 

1 Thank Melody A
Oldsmar, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

This is a great stop to view and buy some fantastic glassworks. All kinds of beautiful designs from earrings to large elegant vases. We liked sitting in the viewing area watching a worker making glass balls. An interesting and slow process requiring a lot of patience. Great place to stop and shop.

1 Thank mixaconsulting
Westville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

This is not your typical museum-tour vacation stop. However, if you are in the area, definitely check it out! They have a seating area where you can view the glass making workshop. Very cool! A big thanks to Rudy for explaining what we were seeing. Just ask questions! It was very interesting and a great learning experience. The glass items... More 

1 Thank MacgyverFloyd
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

Over priced and boring, bring a pillow if you go. I am usually a nice reviewer, you can even look back at my other reviews and see. Anyway, this place was a waste of 3 hours. I advise people to avoid this place.

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Mark P, Manager at Glassworks, responded to this review

I'm sorry you had such a poor experience when you visited. I am a little confused as to why you stayed for 3 hours if you were so bored. Usually, visitors will spend about 30-45 minutes watching the artists work during the tour. If they choose to make a project in the Walk-in Workshop, it takes about an hour to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

The place had few glassworks but not near what I was hoping for. the best part is that it was free. Some of the items were pretty but overall, it was nothing special.

1 Thank Michael C
Marietta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We have visited a nuber of "glass showhouses" and museums throughout the U.S.,. This is not nearly among the better ones. Yes, it has a workshop and yes, you can see some glass being made, but the majority of what you see is a Very Expensive glass store. Almost all items are priced far out of reach of most people... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

I think I came at a slow time. There were not many people there actually working with the glass, which was disappointing, but a LOT of expensive glasswork for sale. :) For me, it was so-so, and a quick trip.

Thank Ben S
Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

It's great to get such an up close look at such an elaborate and delicate craft. Be sure to sign up to make your own blown glass keepsake (extra charge.)

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

This is a nice place to plan your work party. It is interesting to watch the glass blowers. It can be cold in the winter.

Thank betagirl67

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