I visited the Industrial Arts Center last week and had the pleasure of watching students and apprentices learn to blow glass under the guidance of the studio. What a nice bunch of people! The process is so intriguing I took a mini class and created a wonderful blown glass bowl. I came back later that day to make an ornament! One of the most unique experiences I've had on a vacation anywhere and I got to come home with more than great memories!
The studio members explain everything very well, and make the glass blowing process fun and relaxed. There are a number of steps to creating each of the items, so the modest fee is well worth it.
The studio is open several days a week for walk-ins. Gulfport is a bit of an arts colony, with frequent fairs and galleries and shops to explore. If you are not staying in Gulfport, I suggest you combine glass blowing with dinner at one of the many fine restaurants within walking distance.
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