In the Community: Glass Bubble Project

Glass Bubble Project

Tucked behind Nano Brew is a studio where glowing molten glass is transformed into vibrantly colored swirls and shapes. The Glass Bubble Project, run by Michael Kaplan, is the place to interact with local artists and design creations of your own.

The temperature of the building is a stark contrast to the blustery Ohio winter. The 2,000 degree furnace heats the room at ease. Inside this furnace is the molten glass, which you dip the blowpipe into. From there you alternate between rolling, shaping, blowing, and re-heating the glass, while constantly turning it in a circular motion to keep it centered.

As you’re constructing your glass, you’ll find Morty the rooster strolling around the shop. He’s the mascot of Glass Bubble, and seems right at home amongst the bustle of inspired glass blowing.

Kaplan coined the term Clevetian glass, a play on words of Venetian glass, which is thin, delicate glass. What makes Clevetian glass unique is that it’s created in this city, and it’s thicker and rougher. The ceiling and shelves are lined with dazzling lamps, glassware, chandeliers, and other one-of-a-kind pieces, all made from this ticker type of glass.

How Can You Get Involved?

Glass Bubble turns 20 this summer. You can celebrate this Cleveland staple’s anniversary by attending one of their many workshops or classes. The staff will teach anyone five-years-old and up how to blow glass. A listing of classes is available on their website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

If you’re looking to try a new experience in the city, tap into your creative side and design your own piece of Clevetian glass. Kaplan explains what makes this is favorite place in Ohio City. “I’m hanging out in a creative atmosphere with all these people.”

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