Classes and Events

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes and events at PFG are on hold until further notice, but our online store is still open and shipping!
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In the spring and summer, Jim takes the glass on the road to regional art festivals (mostly in Illinois.) We also host events at the studio year-round, including glassblowing classes, ornament sessions, and group demonstrations.

Check out what’s on the schedule below, and learn how you can experience glassblowing in person!

Experience Glassblowing at PFG

Group Tours and Demonstrations

  • September – May
  • By appointment only

For most of the year, we offer scheduled group tours of our gallery and glassblowing space, which includes live demonstrations. We’ll teach your group about the equipment, tools, and skills needed to perform this age-old art. Contact us to schedule a tour or demonstration.

Ornament Sessions

  • October – April
  • Ages 5+
  • $25 per ornament (minimum of 8)
  • Approximately 1-1.5 hours for 8 ornaments

Note: 2019 ornament sessions are all booked up through Christmas, but appointments are still available from January-April 2020. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list for 2019, give us a call.

Guaranteed fun for all ages! You pick the colors and provide the air, and we do the rest. Great for individuals, families, scout, church, and school groups who want to experience glassblowing. Make them for yourself or to give as gifts. We also carry a large assortment of ornament holders so you can display and enjoy your keepsake ornaments throughout the year.

An ornament sampler

Please call in advance to schedule an appointment — we’ll make every effort to arrange a session time to fit your needs. A deposit or credit card number is required to reserve a time. (Note: the ornaments will need to cool down and will be ready to pick up in 48 hours. Well worth the wait!)

Intro to Hot Glass

  • January – April
  • Saturdays from 2:00–5:00pm or Thursdays from 6:00–9:00pm (by appointment)
  • Ages 16+
  • $75 per paperweight (minimum of 3)
  • Maximum 4 students per session

Learn the basic skills of handling hot glass! You’ll participate in the exciting process of creating a color swirl glass paperweight. No previous glassblowing experience required.

One of our group classes in action!

Registration must be made in advance, and paid in full at the time of the application. Students can register in two ways:

  1. In person at Prairie Fire Glass, 217 W. Washington, Monticello, IL.
  2. By phone (217-762-3332) during business hours, using Visa or Mastercard.

Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes fill up quickly, and waiting lists are maintained for all filled classes. Applicants will be notified, should space become available.

If it’s necessary for Prairie Fire Glass to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified and will be offered the option of another class or a refund.