Louisville is positively littered with blown-glass studios. I’m not sure why, but it creates a pretty competitive environment for hands-on workshops for the rest of us. Especially this time of year, just about all of them invite you to come learn about glass blowing and create your own handmade ornament to take home or give as a gift. Take your friends, your family, or get your coworkers together for some bonding in a super-warm place while it’s blowing and cold outside. These Louisville studios are all offering ornament making this year.
Glassworks’ Mark Payton Glass Center walk-in workshop  includes lots of fused glass ornament projects in its list of projects . These are perfect for those who don’t want to deal with the heat of the blown glass workshop, and for younger creative types. You don’t need to schedule a time; just “walk in,” from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The second option at Glassworks is, of course, to blow your own: Call 502-992-3270 to schedule an appointment to “flame your own” snowman or snowman head globe ornament .
HawksView Gallery and Café : Make a day of it and have lunch in the café before or after you create your beautiful ornament at HawksView. Call 502-955-1010 to schedule a time in the workshop.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and a few extra days right before Christmas, pick your colors and blow your globe or snowman glass ornament at Flame Run . Call 502-584-5353 for an appointment.
Hyland Glass has a nice series of seasonal ornament workshops. In December, you are invited to “Blow Ho-Ho” and create a blown-glass beauty in your favorite colors . Call 502-384-2569 for an appointment.
Twin Glass Studio at Norton Commons  is doing blow-your-own snowmen, globes and trees this year. Call 502-963-1647 to snag a time.
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