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Old Town Glassworks

Address: 3510 McDonald Drive, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2H1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 867-669-7654
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Ranked #1 of 6 Shopping in Yellowknife
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: Old Town Glassworks is a workers cooperative dedicated to the transformation of bottles into glass art. In 1994, Matthew Grogono developed an innovative technique, to cut bottles, grind rims and polish into beautiful glassware; with smooth brims, that feel wonderful in your hand.Over two decades of experimentation, OTG developed a diversified line of products, including drinking glasses, vases, bowls and candle holders of various colours and sizes.Each piece is enhanced when sandblasted with a northern pattern. Our patterns are created by local artists and reflect the unique ecology of northern Canada. It is growing in popularity because of its’ originality, its’ environmental innovation and its’ beauty. We estimate that over 95, 000 bottles have been transformed by OTG since 1994 and we believe that it’s only the beginning. We now offer fun, 2 hour workshops 3 times a day, 6 days a week, where participants get to design and create their very own personalized souvenir, gift or functional glassware.

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Alcala la Real, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Visiting Yellowknife for the first time I was told by my family that a visit to the Old Glassworks was a must. We got together 6 people and we had a great afternoon, none of us had been before so it was something new. Shannon was very knowledgeable and very helpful. She explained how everything worked and was on hand... More

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Yellowknife, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Funky, fun, sustainable and creative. Just call them and book a time to go and create beautiful glass art. Affordable and a great representation of creating from waste. Do this!

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Monroe, New York
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92 reviews 92 reviews
50 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My husband, daughter and I are travel addicts and learned a while back if you keep buying the t-shirts and other garbage as your souvenier you won't really have anything to remind you of the trip 10yrs down the road. We began to spend a bit more but find something unique to the area and worth keeping. Old Town Glassworks... More

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Gravenhurst, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My daughter-in-law and I took the workshop at Old Town Glassworks today. Rob was very knowledgable and helpful. We each made 4 glasses and it was really fun. I can hardly wait to get home to Ontario and show mine off.

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Toronto, Canada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
57 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This was a lovely experience. Got to have a lesson as to how to polish glass and also how sandblasting occurs on glass. We then got to make something of our own. The choices are varied. Wine glass, beer, drinking glass and other choices. It was very informative, fun, though a bit steep in price. It was difficult to decide... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

When you're in Yellowknife, the options you have for keeping yourself busy can be somewhat limited. And if you're in town for more than a few days, and you've gotten a little tired of staying up until 2AM to watch the northern lights, or hanging out at the Tim Horton's hoping to catch the eye of a Yellowknife celeb, you... More

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Truro, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed our workshop with glass worker , Matt. He was very friendly and patient as he explained the process and guided us through the steps of making our own work of art from a recycled bottle. I am extremely pleased with my unique momento glass piece.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I did the workshop with a couple of friends. We had a great time and learned a fair amount. It's not a very creative process (the stencils are provided) but everyone's work turned out beautifully. We all did a second glass for $15. They have discounts for students and for those returning for a second workshop.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Bought souvenirs here. Four individual glasses. Used them at home all the time. Remind us of our fond memories of Yellowknife. Glasses made out of bottom of bottles. Forget recycling. This is reusing. You could sign up for a class. We didn't this time. Fee for signing up for lesson.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

It was great fun doing the workshop! I have a strong appreciation for what Matthew is doing, recycling all those bottles and turning them into something useful. Most of all was the experience in sand blasting my own designs. I left with 7 little souvenirs :)

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