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Thames Glass

688 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-846-0576
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Ranked #5 of 55 Activities in Newport
Type: Educational Sites, Classes
Owner description: Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun 12-5. We have lots of beautiful glass eggs, as well as hand blown glass...
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Type: Educational Sites, Classes
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun 12-5. We have lots of beautiful glass eggs, as well as hand blown glass fish, ornaments, vases, bowls, candlesticks, snowmen, fruits, vegetables, and other original designs made here on the premises. Shipping available. Since 1981.

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White Plains, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Our family visited Newport over Thanksgiving weekend and decided to visit Thames Gallery so that we could make glass ornaments. The team at Thames handled everything so professionally, from our reservation over the phone the day before, our arrival, getting prepped, and especially the actual glass-blowing. Shane worked with each of us to make our ornaments, explaining everything so carefully,... More 

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Holland, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

We each made a paperweight. You get to pick the colors and learn about how. It is hands on and only takes about 20 minutes each. Nice people and a fascinating process.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Took my 8 and 11 year old on a rainy day and they both made gorgeous paperweights for $144 including $14 for shipping the paperweights to our house (you can't take them home right away they have to cool for 2 days). Kids must be well behaved, listen to instructions and follow them because there are very hot tools and... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

When I was a kid I visited a glass shop in Venice, Italy. I never forgot the dazzling glass sculptures. I wanted to blow my own glass ever since. Here at Thames Glass I saw a master at work and molten glass, like liquid water, was shaped into perfume bottles and paperweights. I chose to make a paperweight. I was... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Took our 8 year old and 6 year old on a rainy day. All four of us made ornaments. Lots of fun. Kids must be able to follow directions because you are in a workshop full of tools and heat is essential to the process. Glass blower was very friendly and patient. You need to be able to pick up... More 

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Torrington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My 9 year old son and I created glass ornaments here. The staff were great and really made it fun and accessible for kids. I have never seen an establishment that offered this type of activity - it was really fun and unique! It takes two days for your creations to 'cool down', so I'd recommend doing this activity early... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The four of us (parents, 17 and 10 year old daughters) each took a turn creating something on our first trip to Thames Glass. Two paperweights, an ornament and a bowl. While the paperweights and ornament are very attractive, the bowl is museum worthy. And the two guys we worked with made it so easy that it really is fool... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Teens, parents and grandparents spent a fun two hours blowing glass ornaments and paperweights with Matthew. Book your reservations early to get day and tine you want. Photo taking allowed while making your unique glass blown piece. Choose your colors and speckled or swirly design. Winter is a great time to go as you don't get sweaty! :) Matthew and... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut, Usa
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I was planning a trip to Newport and found out about Thames glass and the fact that they provide glass blowing experience. As my wife has always been intrigued by glass blowing, I decided to reserve a session for both of us. The session was great and our instructor was informative and very patient. It was great fun watching the... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

My husband and I have taken the glass ornament class four times. Each and every time we have had an incredible experience. The glass blowers offer a personalized touch and honest answers for all our questions. Shane, in particular, was clearly passionate and excited about glassblowing, and he even took the time to explain how some of the other items... More 

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