The Art School’s interior courtyard has been enclosed, creating a classroom and Hot Shop, with stadium-style seating, so visitors can watch glass artists demonstrate various processes. A smaller flameworking studio has been designed to equip students with bench top torches for making three-dimensional sculptures in glass as well as beadwork. 

By combining a comprehensive glassmaking program with an already successful ceramics program, visitors and students will now be able to explore the parallel stories and similar approaches that exist between glass and ceramics. It’s been our experience that when people witness the process of something being made live and then see a finished product of a similar artistic expression in the galleries, they find the answer to the frequently asked question: “How did they do that?” 

Visiting Artist Demos

w/ Glass Artist John Miller

Thursday, May 30 | Friday, May 31 | Saturday, June 1

Renowned glass artist John Miller returns to the Flint Institute of Arts Museum + Art School.  See him in action at the FIA Hot Shop for a special Art School residency Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. Both appearances are free and open to the public from 9a-5p.

About John Miller: 


John Miller began working with glass in 1987 and focuses on blown sculpture. He earned his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has worked at Pilchuck Glass School for 15 years. He exhibits internationally, lectures, and demonstrates nationally, and is an associate professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University. In 1998, he was awarded the C.G.C.A. Fellowship at Wheaton Village. Inspired by the pop art era and the American hot rod diner culture, Miller is well known worldwide for his hot sculpted food culture artworks.

Glass Events & Exhibitions

McLaren Glassblowing Demonstrations
Saturdays | 11a–4p • Sundays | 1p–4p
FIA Hot Shop

The Contemporary Craft wing contains three distinct expansive galleries—two permanent collection galleries and one designated for temporary exhibitions. Artwork by some of the most significant contemporary glass artists and ceramicists from all over the world is on permanent display. Included in these galleries are objects from a long-term loan of twenty-first-century glass from the Isabel Foundation of the Sherwin and Shirley Glass glass collection, gifts of contemporary ceramics from Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, and works from the museum’s permanent collection.

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2100 Degrees of Beauty

Hot Shop

The Art School’s Hot Shop has glassblowing courses, workshops, visiting artists, and free public demonstrations. Glassblowing students will learn to gather molten glass from the 2100-degree furnace, and then manipulate the malleable glass into artistic and functional forms using specialized tools and equipment. The Art School offers a range of one-day introductory workshops as well as multi-week courses in glassblowing.


Delicate Work

Flameworking Students
Sahar Abdallah Flameworking Studio

Artists use specialized torches to melt rods and tubes of glass into sculptural and functional forms. From beads to small sculptures, flameworkers manipulate heated glass into colorful, refined objects. The Art School offers a range of Flameworking classes, including one-day workshops, full courses, and late-night options. All of this takes place in the Sahar Abdallah Flameworking Studio.

McLaren Free Demonstration Days

Join us in the Hot Shop every Saturday and Sunday to see the Art School’s professional glass artists gather molten glass from our 2,100-degree furnace and manipulate the glowing material into elegant forms and vessels. Learn about the techniques used to create many of the works shown in the FIA’s new Contemporary Craft Galleries. 

Saturday demonstrations are offered on the hour from 11:00a–4:00p, Sunday demonstrations are drop-in from 1:00p to 4:00p. First come, first seated.


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