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“Turn glass bottles into beautiful glasses”

Old Town Glassworks
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Owner description: -Est.1994- Old Town Glassworks is a workers cooperative that has been creating beautiful recycled glassware on the shores of Great Slave Lake for over 20 years. Open Daily, Year Round. Giftshop brimming with our famous northern glasses, mugs, lamps, magnets, soap pumps & other locally made art and handicrafts. Robbie Craig Prints, Scarves, mugs and glasses. Tuckamoor Wildcrafts Felted Bookmarks, ptarmigans and Owls. Feel Good handcrafted soap, lip balm and lotion bars. Local Dene seal, beaver and wolf ornaments. Frozen Flames earrings, rings, and pendants. Shannon Moore Clean Candles and Jewellry. Valerie Desjardins Custom Northern Artwork, Bottle neck rings and Earrings. Two Hour Glass Engraving Workshops. Ages 3 & up Great for Birthdays, Tourists, Team building , conferences, Friends, First Dates, and Families. Discounts for Students, Groups, and Returning Clients. Groups of 2-8, Everyday. Book your spots Online. Custom Engraving. Logos, Awards, & Gifts.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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.

1  Thank Pam M
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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 on the stencils for the glasses as there are so many to choose from.

1  Thank dody_9
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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 have a pretty awesome option in the Old Town Glassworks.

It's located in Old Town (surprise surprise), and is right across the street from the Dancing Moose Cafe. Parking is haphazard, and my fiancee and I just ended up parking on the side of the road. But you can figure it out. If you just browse the shop, they have some pretty fantastic pieces, which they all create using recycled glass (think of all the vodka, wine, and other alcohol consumed in Yellowknife and region... think of all those glass bottles...), and a sandblaster that they have in the back workshop. Everything from vases, to beer glasses, to wine glasses, to candle holders is available for purchase, with some beautiful stenciling (polar bears, northern lights, caribou etc.). Prices are on the high side for what you're getting (see above: recycled glass with sandblasting done), but a much prettier memento than that keychain that your uncle Tommy will just throw away. Just the store itself is probably a 3 star establishment.

What makes this place a 4 star joint is the workshop. If you get the chance, SIGN UP for it. What a blast. It's about 2 hours long (and took my fiancee and I 2.5 hours because we're about as indecisive as you can get with which stencils to use), and you get to pick your own piece of glassware, design your own piece, and sandblast the snot out of it. Pretty awesome. Our instructor was incredibly patient, and worked on her own glasswork while we were hemming and hawing for the 252nd time about whether to use 3 stars, or 4 on our glass.

The reason this place is not a 5 star experience is the price. Granted most everything in the NWT is expensive, but $100 on the workshop for two is a little on the hefty side. Would give it 4.5 stars if I could. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Thank JasonArroyo
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

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.

Thank Cindy I
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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.

Thank Smigiggles
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