Annette Baron introduced Baron Glassworks to Ypsilanti, MI in 1988, and now, years later, her mission has remained the same. “To create a diverse environment where people from all walks of life can satisfy their curiosity and creativity using glass as the primary medium.” Whether you’re a beginner hoping to get an introduction to glassblowing, or an experienced artist determined to explore a new medium, Baron Glassworks has a place for you. In addition to artists in need of a work space, art collectors seeking further information about glassblowing are encouraged to visit Baron’s studio.
“Make & Take” classes are perfect for anyone interested in creating a simple piece of art, such as drinking glasses and vases, with one-on-one instruction. If you’re visiting the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor area and your time is limited, this class is ideal. Though it is affordable, prices vary slightly depending on the complexity of the glass piece you would like to create.
When planning an event for larger groups or corporate outings, consider Baron Glassworks’ unique space and classes. Group and corporate packages include four private hours in the studio, one-on-one instruction, light refreshments, and each participant will take home at least two pieces of art. Baron Glassworks works to reignite your employees’ creativity and strengthen communication through teamwork in Baron’s unconventional meeting space
In addition to group classes and private sessions, Baron offers introduction classes and more extensive courses. Glass leaves, pumpkins, bowls, and ornaments can all be created by beginners with Baron’s teaching methods and guidance. You can expect to leave Baron Glassworks with a fresh perspective on glassblowing and a beautiful work of art.
Ypsilanti is full of opportunities to discover local art. If glassblowing doesn’t pique your interest, check out an upcoming First Fridays art and culture walk. Art lovers are encouraged to explore local art in local Ypsilanti businesses through a self-guided tour on the first Friday of each month. The public can expect participating venues to offer free activities, music, and/or tastings related to art. The Riverside Arts Center, a fellow supporter of First Fridays, is another remarkable place to appreciate art. In addition to its remarkable gallery exhibits, the Riverside Arts Center often hosts theatrical productions for the public to enjoy.
Photos courtesy of Ellen O'Malley McGee