Looking for a hand-blown art glass gallery, glassblowing classes, a hotshop rental, or seeking to commission a piece of blown glass? All this and more is to be found at Island Glassworks (see more photos) in Kailua.
Established in 2005, Island Glassworks is the brainchild of Geoff Lee, who has lived in Hawaii since 1979 and considers the island paradise home. Geoff has a degree in glass from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as a professional glassblower in Seattle, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A keen interest in the art saw him participating at workshops at The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, and Centro Studio Vetro in Italy.
Island Glassworks was set up to encourage glass arts in Hawaii. The facility provides a studio for rent to experienced glass blowers and conducts classes and workshops ranging from 4 hours to 4 weeks for those interested in learning the art.
Tourists and local residents visit this place for the authentic and hands-on classes. For visitors who are short on time, a walk around the studio, seeing the various methods of production, learning a bit about the nuances of hand-blown glass and talking to the owner can be a great experience.
A glass blowing studio and an art gallery rolled into one, Island Glassworks is a great place to pick up exquisite pieces of hand-blown glass.
Saturday: by appointment
Tuesdays & Sundays: closed
Visitors are advised to call and visit as sometimes due to an unpredictable schedule, Island Glassworks may not be open on the scheduled days.
Island Glassworks Overview
Offers glassblowing classes and workshops
A glass blowing studio and an art gallery rolled into one