Blow Your Ornament Ball (B.Y.O.B)

Learn how to blow your own ornament at Stafford Art Glass in Newport, Virginia.

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Ornaments! Hand blown ornaments! What’s better than that? Why, an ornament you helped to make of course!

At Stafford Art Glass, we teach each person one-on-one so you don’t have to wait for a class to fill to begin blowing glass. You will have one of our glassblowers take you through the process from start to finish in order to make your own handmade ornament!

Lights, Camera, Color!

  1. Select the colors for your piece.
  2. Gather glass using the blowpipe.
  3. Roll the clear glass on the blowpipe in the colored glass.
  4. Shape.
  5. Blow ornament/suncatcher.
  6. Hanger is placed on and becomes a permanent part of the ornament.
  7. Ornament is placed in the annealing oven where it cools slowly.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable cotton clothing (no synthetics-they melt!)
  • Comfortable shoes that cover your foot
  • Cameras!
  • Friends to cheer you on, witnesses to testify that yes, you wrestled hot lava into something beautiful!

How Much?

The cost of making an ornament is $31.00. Followers of our Facebook page have special access to discounts and special offers on classes and blown glass online. “Like” us here:

You Can’t Take It With You?

The glass that you make in our studio must first anneal in our ovens after being made, which means that your ornament will be ready for pickup the next morning. We are happy to ship your piece to you, too.

Family Friendly (With A Good Dose Of Safety)

Glassblowing is as fun as it’s educational. We adjust how much children are involved in the process based on age. Our chief concern if for your safety, so anything that might be a safety issue for smaller children is handled so that they can be involved to the degree that they are able.

We have included easy ways to reach us under the header “Still More Questions?” section.

A recent participant blowing glass in the studio (shot from behind the furnace)

Sign Me up!

First, you need to navigate to our calendar page. What follows is a quick primer on using the Booking Calendar.

If you are on a computer, the calendar page will show up to the right of this post. It’s very close to the top of the page. If you are looking at this on your phone, it will be closer to the bottom of the page, so scroll down until you see “Booking Calendar.” When you are at the Booking Calendar you will see a several month view first. Click on a day you would like to reserve. It will highlight. Lower down on your mobile (closer on your computer) you will see a drop-down menu with times divided into half-hour slots showing the times that are available for the day you just highlighted. Click on any slot time that is in black text. If the time slot is slightly greyed in color, it is a time that has been taken. You will need to repeat this process for each ornament that you would like to make. Each ornament will take between fifteen minutes to half an hour to make (cooling phase not included). You will also need to fill out your name, email and other contact information. Then you will need to fill out what is called a “CAPCHA” which is a security feature that lets the booking system know you aren’t a computer bot, and that’s all there is to it! Once completed, you will see a notice that tells you that your time has been submitted and we will approve the booking which should send you an email confirming the booking.

Still Have Questions?

Feel free to contact us directly. you can do this by logging on to Facebook and messaging us there on the link for our business page, (see link is in the next section below). If you want instant action, call or text us at (540) 605-0034.

Helping Us Spread The Word

We encourage our students to link their pictures taken to our business page on Facebook or Instagram @staffordartglass (both are searchable on those platforms under “Stafford Art Glass”). This helps our followers to see better the process and what your experience was like. It is also a great way for us to help spread the word, and in the world of small local businesses, it is a big help!

Our Recent Spot On WOAY News

Here is a recent spot that WOAY from Beckley WV that recently ran on their news channel featuring the studio and our ornament classes on their “One Tank Trip” series. They had a little fun with the video, but it is informative as well. Have a look!


    • Hi Nacy. Last Fall that calendar was taken down in anticipation of my new web site being redesigned with its own booking calendar in place.

      I have been working with my designer for months now to get the site published. This week as a matter of fact.

      As for scheduling, I am beginning to offer a pumpkin class through the latter part of October. I see you are responding to the BYOB so I am assuming you are inquiring about ornaments or suncatchers.

      One of the limitations of the calendar is I can’t offer two different classes at the same time because there isn’t a way for those two calendars to communicate with each other, which is a bummer.

      What I can do is gauge what the interest is going to be for the pumpkins and switch the calendars once everyone following me on Facebook has signed up and registration has dropped for those. Or , even better, you and I can eye the pumpkin calendar and when there is an open space on a day you would like to make an ornament, and we arrange to get you in at the studio while there isn’t an active booking online for pumpkins. Best way would be to email me since using this scenario means not using the online system (old school way!) The only caveat is there is only a 24 hour advance notice on doing it that way. If you are local and can get to the studio pretty easily, that short time frame might not be as big of a deal. I’ll wait and see what your thoughts are on those issues and if I made myself clear enough on how we could go about doing that.

      Meanwhile, I am going to include a link to my newsletter which is put out each month that includes coupon codes for classes so you can get the discounted price for classes (including the BYOB) along with any sales I might be running online or at the studio that month. It’s just the facts so folks know what us happening about those things. You subscribe, but its a third-party service (mailchimp) and you can unsubscribe any time if you want. That newsletter is set to go out this week once my designer publishes the site and I make a few tests to make sure everything is working properly.

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