Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday 9am – 2pm (Jan through Sept) and 9am-4pm (Oct through Dec).

We are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Note: Gallery is open on days that classes are held

Hot Shop Hours: These times vary; call in advance.  We typically blow glass Tuesdays through Fridays (10am – 4pm) and Saturdays (10am – 2pm).  Many times you can watch, but there are times when the level of focus for our artists is extremely high and for success of the piece and safety for everyone  we must close off viewing to the public.  Please be considerate of this request if that occurs during a time of your visit. Thanks. Lookout Mountain and Little River Canyon are beautiful at all times of the year, so plan to make a weekend of it. We’ll put you in touch with people who can provide accommodations that run from beautiful lake homes on Lake Weiss, log cabins close to the canyon, and quaint bed & breakfasts close to us or in Mentone.


Open Studio Day

 October 21st (9am-4pm)

This annual event kicks off our Fall season.  Timed with the peak of autumn colors around Lookout Mountain, our hope is to provide a day of natural and artistic beauty from our studio porches. Demonstrations by Cal and his team of artists run throughout the day .  Also, there is a chance to blow an ornament.  So, please join us for a glimpse into the studio and our favorite time of the year.


Blow Your Own Ornament

September 23rd (9am – 2pm)

October 21st, 28th (9am – 4pm)

November 4th, 11th, 18th, 24th, 25th (9am – 4pm)

December 2nd, 9th, 16th (9am – 4pm)

This is our most popular event at Orbix Hot Glass! Come design and literally “blow” your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists. For this we welcome people of all ages (okay you have to be at least 5 years old). Sign up for our newsletter under the “Contact Us” section of our website, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on days when we’ll be having this event. No reservations needed! If you have a group who wants to make at least eight ornaments, call (256.523.3188) or email us at info@orbixhotglass.com.  You may come on our BYOO Event days or we’ll schedule a special time or day just for you! Cost – $38/ornament. Shipping $8. each, or you may pick the pieces up on the following Tuesday or later.


Sculpt your Own Flower  

October 7th (10:30am or 12:30pm)

October 27th (Note – This is a Friday, 1pm)

November 3rd, 10th, 17th (Note – These are Friday, 1pm)

November 24th (Black Friday – 9am)

Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  In this class, its all about a hands-on experience in a fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. After watching us shape glass into a flower, it’s your turn to sit at the bench to a sculpt your own from an array of colors. Our artists are there to step in and lend a hand or guide you as you shape the glass.  Each class is  about one hour in length with a minimum of three people and a maximum of five. Reservations and full payment are required. Please call us (256.523.3188) or email us (info@orbixhotglass.com) for more information or to reserve a spot.

Cost:  $75 per person.  Minimum age 13 years old.  Shipping $8. each, or you may pick the pieces up on the following Tuesday or later.


Paperweight Classes

October 14th (9am to 1pm)

This class is designed for those who really want to see what molten glass is all about – feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass.  Class size is maximum of four students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working. Some safety material is provided before the class for you to review.  Please join us for some in-depth discovery. Reservations and full payment required. Call us at 256.523.3188 or email us at info@orbixhotglass.com for more information or to make a reservation.

Cost – $145.   2-4 students Minimum age is 13 years old with parent

Gift certificates are available for all classes.


 Studio Tours/Group Events

Studio tour — Looking for a unique event for your club or a group of friends?  Come watch one of our glass artists give a private glassblowing demonstration. They will answer all your questions about the process, and you can view the end result of their hard work in our gallery. Cost is $170 for an hour.  Maximum group is 20 people. Full payment is required in advance.   Private Blow Your Own Ornament — Another option for groups is to schedule a private Blow Your Own Ornament Event. A minimum of eight ornaments is required. Cost – $38/ ornament

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