Holiday Guide

Up Your DIY Game For the Holidays

Glass blowing studios in Providence, Wakefield and Newport let you create your own works of holiday art


Christmas tree ornaments tend to be more than just bright, shiny baubles we pull out of storage every December. More often than not, each decoration tells its own story, thanks to the memories we make around them each and every year. The most special of all ornaments are the ones handmade by ourselves and our loved ones, but that doesn’t mean DIY tree trimming should be relegated to the popsicle stick, glitter glue and elbow macaroni department. Local glass blowers are opening their studios to let visitors take a crack at forging their own delicate decorations.

The Glass Station Studio in Wakefield offers ornament classes on Saturdays until December 16, while Gather Glass in Providence will be holding workshops on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays right up through December 21. Thames Glass in Newport offers ornament-making workshops as well through their “Make Your Own” Glassblowing Experience most weekdays and some weekends – they recommend calling ahead. It all adds an extra, personal touch to a classic holiday gift. Bragging rights that yes, you know how to blow glass now, is a nice
added bonus.