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About The Studio

Glassworks was the DC area’s first glassblowing school when we opened our doors in 1991. We joined the community of artists in Glen Echo Park, determined to spread the excitement of glass art. Today, our classes are scheduled year-round for both novice and advanced students. Our focus is to give each one an in-depth experience of what it’s like to work with molten glass. 

Our instructors offer nearly 50 years of combined glassworking experience. Over the years, we have guided thousands of eager students through the exciting process of blowing glass.

When classes are not in session, the studio remains open for visitors to observe glassblowing. You can also check out the work of resident artist Paul Swartwood as well as glass art by the other Glassworks instructors. 

About Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly, teaching the sciences, arts, languages and literature. By the early 1900s, Glen Echo Park had become a premier amusement park, serving the Washington D.C. area until 1968. In 1971, after the federal government obtained the land, the National Park Service began managing the Park. The National Park Service collaborated with artists and arts organizations to create a rich arts program in the spirit of the original Chautauqua movement. Today, the Park’s programs and facilities are managed by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc., a nonprofit organization, while the National Park Service continues its role in managing the grounds and providing historical interpretation. The mission of the Glen Echo Park Partnership is to present vibrant artistic, cultural and educational programs at Glen Echo Park and to promote the Park as a unique destination for our region’s diverse population. The Partnership nurtures a dynamic community of artists and performers while preserving and managing historic facilities within this unique National Park.