Two area glass blowers will open their doors as part of The Glass Studio Tour featuring nationally recognized glass artists in the Twin Cities metro area.
Robinson Scott Glass Studio of Anoka and Doug Becker of Becker Art Glass of Bethel are two of about 20 artists in the annual tour who will be featured in nearly 15 studios. The self-guided and free tour will take place the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, noon to 5 p.m.
The idea of the tour is to increase public awareness of the art. The glass artists will demonstrate their craft and offer art pieces for sale. Pieces will range anywhere from $10 to one-of-a-kind pieces at $4,000.
The tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to see art studios they probably would only see on TV, said Scott in an interview.
Visitors experience the sights, the smells of the studios, he said. “You can even blow a piece of glass if you come,” said Scott.
Kids from ages four to 80 on his studio tours have had the honor, he said.
“And besides that, the colors will be beautiful,” Scott said.
Becker has received as many as 200 to 300 visitors per weekend at his Bethel studio in the six years he’s been participating in the tours.
“Each studio is a work of art in itself,” said Becker, a full-time artist who’s been in the glass-blowing business for 30 years.
This is the public’s chance to talk to artists and see a glass-blowing demonstration.
“People are usually enthralled by that,” Becker said. “It’s a pretty unique experience for a lot of people.”
Many of the displaying artists received their training from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Scott’s studio is located at 5020 184 Ave. N.W. in Anoka. Becker’s studio is 22342 Palisade St. N.E., Bethel.
For more information and to see a map, visit www.TheGlassStudioTour.com.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]