Recently a new management company took over the Sherman Mills, the home of East Falls Glassworks since we opened our doors in 2006. With the new owner is coming some changes, including repairs to the 100 plus year-old building that EFG inhabits. These are beneficial and much needed renovations and will make the space better for all, but they also require us to close up shop during construction. This is not permanent, though estimates for the work are between 1 and 2 months starting the first week of August. So the bad news is that we will be closed for the summer. The good news is that we'll be ready to go when the weather starts cooling off again!
We will have very limited access to the studio space during this period, but will be responding to email inquiries.
Thanks very much for your understanding and for bearing with us through this period. We are all looking forward very much to a grand reopening when all the dust settles!
East Falls Glassworks is greater Philadelphia's largest
studio and gallery dedicated to hot glass.
Our goal is to encourage the art and craft of glass blowing within the Philadelphia
community. We are a public access glass studio offering glassblowing classes, studio rental and work for sale
by local glass artists.
The glassblowing studio is located at
Sherman Mills in East Falls,
near Manayunk, about 7 minutes from the Philadelphia Art Museum. East Falls Glassworks is convenient to
Center City Philadelphia, New Jersey, the Main Line and surrounding suburbs. Our glassblowing community extends
across Pennsylvania and reaches into Delaware and New York.
Create Your Own Glass Art
Glassblowing classes are offered for all levels of
experience. We have classes designed for beginners as well as offerings
for glass blowers with advanced skills. Our patient, experienced instructors
will help you satisfy your glass muse. East Falls Glassworks is 'public access';
once you've mastered the basic glassworking skills the studio is available for rental; so
you can realize your own glass designs. Fill our the
online registration form
or call us at (215) 908-7924 for more information about our glass classes.
Private and Customized Instruction
Besides our classes and workshops, private instruction is another option for folks who want to learn how to blow
glass or improve their skills. One-on-one instruction can be the fastest way to improve your skills and take you to
the next level. See the classes pages for more details on private instruction.
We can also provide customized 'private' options for small groups. We have created special classes for
corporate team-building groups, church groups, school groups and many others. Call the studio or drop us an
email and we can put together a session for you.
Visit Our Glass Studio, Watch Live Glassblowing
We welcome the public to visit us any time we are working and watch us transform
molten glass into works of art. The studio is set up with a designated viewing
area and we offer a special 'behind-the-scenes' tour between pieces. During
your visit, make sure you check out the East Falls Glassworks gallery, which displays a large
collection of glass art made by Philadelphia area artists.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
Noon - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday
By Appointment or Chance
Partnerships with Local Arts Institutions
In addition to our class offerings, East Falls Glassworks collaborates with local educational
centers and groups to host continuing-education glassblowing classes. We are currently hosting
classes offered by The Main Line Art Center. Check out the
current classes offered by
the Main Line Art Center.
The complex where we are located, Sherman Mills is a 19th century textile mill that is undergoing a
transformation into a vibrant, diverse artists' community.
There are 40+ artist studios in the complex,
include sculptors, painters, stained glass artists, warm glass artists (slumping and fusing), potters,
weavers and others. Sherman Mills is the 2nd largest group of artist studios in Philadelphia and still
growing. The community of artists here is amazing.