The nation’s first International Hot Glass is scheduled to open in July at Artegon Marketplace Orlando, the new shopping attraction and artisan marketplace located on north International Drive. The 4,300-square-foot glass gallery showcases artists from around the world and is also a working studio where guests can partner with a professional glass blower to create their own unique piece of art. Guests will also see demonstrations by professional artists working with state-of-the-art glassblowing equipment.
“There’s no other working glass studio of its kind in Central Florida,” said president, co-owner and nationally prominent glass artist David Sandidge. “We will serve diverse audiences, from professionals and up-and-coming glass artists, to individual and group enthusiasts interested in learning the art, to fans and collectors who enjoy watching glassblowing in action.”
Added co-owner and fellow well-known glass artist Brandon Price, “There will always be visually exciting work going on in our studio at Artegon Marketplace.”
In International Hot Glass’ gallery, guests can purchase works of art by the co-owners and famous glass artists including Susan Gott and Leon Applebaum, plus other items made from glass including jewelry and home décor items such as vases, serving bowls and more.
International Hot Glass features two forms of glassblowing: traditional off-hand glassblowing and torch- and lamp-working. The studio was designed to comply with the highest in safety measures and to accommodate both individuals and groups.
Guests can walk in and sign up for a beginning workshop or make advance reservations. The workshop price starts at $45 per person and guests select from a menu of items to create. All pieces will cool overnight in an annealing oven (necessary to avoid the piece from cracking), then guests can then return to pick up, or arrange for delivery to their hotel or home.
Sandidge anticipates hosting convention and corporate groups for team building workshops, student field trips, scout troops and other group outings, as well as date and girl’s night out events and guest appearances by famous glass artists.
“International Hot Glass is a fantastic addition to Artegon Marketplace, offering another unique immersive, interactive experience for visitors and residents alike,” said General Manager Thearon Scurlock. “They can create and display at home their own original work of art while making lasting memories of their visit to Orlando and our center.”