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Address: 3510 McDonald Drive, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2H1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 867-669-7654
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: Old Town Glassworks is a workers cooperative dedicated to the...
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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Spontaneous, Beautiful and Amazing

We met Matthew just leaving for the day but he gave us nonetheless a very profound insight in their workshop, just amazing! Thank you very much, I admire your work and ideas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We met Matthew just leaving for the day but he gave us nonetheless a very profound insight in their workshop, just amazing! Thank you very much, I admire your work and ideas, appreciate the values you stand for and the courage you need to bring with you!

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Calgary, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

unfortunately we didn´t had much time to try to create some pieces of our own, but the finished glasswork shown in the little shop are beautifully made.

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Alberta, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

2 hours and you can have a treasured gift of your Yellowknife vacation. I made a tall glass with aurora etchings. Great fun and assistance. Anyone can do this- no talent required.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

We loved visiting Old Town Glassworks today! What an amazing story! They have found a creative way to recycle glass and provide people with an opportunity to create their own piece of art! We were blown away by all of the unique initiatives happening here. Great place to find unique souvenirs, jewelry, sun catchers and decorations all while contributing to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

lots of fun to spend a few hours in yellowknife. we all made our own glasses and we agreed that we could have spent the whole day there. must book in advance for workshops

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Alcala la Real, Spain
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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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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28 helpful votes 28 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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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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