Museum of Glass ready to launch third annual Fire and Ice Festival

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A big feature of the Museum of Glass’ third annual Fire and Ice Festival, glass artist Nancy Callan will be in the MOG Hot Shop beginning Dec. 13. She will be making some of her signature glass “Snow People” during her mid-December stint at MOG. Photo courtesy of Nancy Callan

The iconic, tilted cone of Tacoma’s Museum of Glass is to become the hub of holiday warmth and activity as the museum’s annual Fire and Ice Festival begins to heat up next week. Beginning Nov. 16, MOG will kick off its third edition of the annual event, which consists of a schedule of wintery and holiday-themed events that continue all the way to New Year’s Eve. There will be plenty of activities, performances and demonstrations to participate in and enjoy. A number of guest artists will circulate through the museum’s Hot Shop, including Nancy Callan, who will be busy creating her signature “Snow People.” (Callan will be the artist in residence beginning Dec. 15.) Winter is one of the best times to pay a visit to the Museum of Glass. The Hot Shop provides pleasant warmth as one sits and watches the team of skilled artisans working molten glass into objects of light-catching splendor.

Step into the Education Studio for a multitude of projects for the whole family, and be sure to grab unique holiday gifts for your friends and family in the museum’s store.

Museum of Glass hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Info: museumofglass.org

Schedule of events of the third annual Fire and Ice Festival

Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m.

Free Third Thursday

Visiting artist Beth Lipman begins stint in the Hot Shop.

Still Life Sketching: What are you thankful for? Get into a thankful mood by drawing some of the things that make life great. Reflect and join MOG educators in making still-life drawings using provided materials or your own objects from home.

Hilltop in the Hot Shop: Students from Hilltop Artists in Residence will provide glassmaking demonstrations throughout the evening.

Holiday themed trivia in the Hot Shop.

Nov. 17-19

Double Discount Days for Members 

Members get a bonus 10 percent off items in the store to begin their holiday shopping. Add festive décor to your home or discover something special for friends and family.

Nov. 23

MUSEUM CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

Nov. 24

Jasen Johnsen in the hot shop

Carillon Bell Ensemble Performance in Grand Hall, 1-2 p.m.

Academy of Dance Nutcracker performance in Grand Hall, 3-4 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with Academy of Dance as they perform selections from “The Nutcracker” in the Grand Hall!

Nov. 25, 4-7 p.m.

MOG & GROG

Kick off the holiday shopping season at Museum of Glass on Small Business Saturday with a sip and shop event in support of local artists. MOG & GROG will put Tacoma artists center stage in the Grand Hall to display and sell glass art, jewelry, letterpress prints, ceramics, and more. Continue the festive shopping in the Museum Store, featuring works from artists throughout the state. Alegre Bakery & Gelato will help get you in the holiday spirit with tasty treats, hot cider, and specialty grog to enjoy during your visit.

Enjoy free museum admission, classic holiday film screenings and hands-on activities for all ages. Gift wrapping available. All participating artists receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

Nov. 26

Jasen Johnsen in the hot shop; Guest artist for Kids Design Glass

Slumping Workshop, 1-5 p.m. Create your very own glass bowl or dish during this fun workshop. With the help of Museum of Glass educators, you’ll create designs from sheets of glass, which the Hot Shop team will heat up until they slump and drape over a mold. Cost: $29 non-member, $26 MOG member.

Dec. 2  

Tacoma Glass Sale

Visit the MOG store for 20 percent off, and visit partners, Tacoma Glassblowing Studio and Hilltop Artists, for more made-in-Tacoma glass art.

Make Your Own Ornaments, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Create your own glass ornament in the MOG Hot Shop in celebration of the season. Hilltop Artists will be ready to help you create your own globe. Participants will be picking colors and shaping their pieces. Must be 12 years of age to participate. Limited 30-minute appointments can be reserved with prepayment. Make your reservation by calling (253) 284-4719 or sign up at Admissions Desk. Shipping available for additional fee. No refunds. $60 non-member, $45 MOG member.

B Natural Studio Christmas Recital in Theater, 1-4:30 p.m.

Dec. 3

Make Your Own Ornaments

Make Your Own Ornaments, noon to 5 p.m. Hilltop Artists will be ready to help you create your own globe. Participants will be picking colors and shaping their pieces. Must be 12 years of age to participate. Limited 30-minute appointments can be reserved with prepayment. Make your reservation by calling (253) 284-4719 or sign up at Admissions Desk. Shipping available for additional fee. No refunds. $60 non-member; $45 MOG member.

Dec. 6-10

Visiting Artist David Walters in the hot shop

Dec. 9

Family Day 

Paul and Phyllis Holiday Musicale Performance in the Grand Hall.

Family Day Wrap Party, 1-4 p.m. It’s a wrap! Reflect on memories and challenges of 2017, transforming them into decorative wrapping paper, gift tags and bags with art educator Jennifer Adams.

Fusing Workshop, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience the challenge of crafting your own fused glass. You’ll cut and arrange pieces of glass to be heated up and melted together, creating your own distinctive pattern. $29 non-member; $26 MOG member.

Dec. 10

Fusing Workshop, 1-5 p.m. 

Experience the challenge of crafting your own fused glass. You’ll cut and arrange pieces of glass to be heated up and melted together, creating your own distinctive pattern. $29 non-member; $26 MOG member.

Paul and Phyllis Holiday Musicale Performance in the Grand Hall.

Dec. 13-17

Visiting Artist Nancy Callan in the Hot Shop

Dec. 16

Visiting Artist Nancy Callan 

Visiting artist Nancy Callan will bring the holiday spirit to the Hot Shop as she and the team make her signature Snow People throughout the day. This is a spectacular demonstration of skill, artistry, and strength that you don’t want to miss.

Fusing Workshop, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Build your own snow person in this festive fusing workshop. $29 non-member, $26 MOG member.

Dec. 17

Fusing Workshop, 1-5 p.m. 

Build your own snow person in this festive fusing workshop. $29 non-member; $26 MOG member.

Dec. 21, 5-8 p.m.

December Third Thursday

Fused Snowflake Ornament Workshop: Try your hand at creating a fused glass snowflake ornament. Museum of Glass educators will support in cutting and arranging glass pieces to be heated up and melted together resulting in a snowflake that is uniquely yours! $12 for one/$20 for two.

Students from Hilltop Artists in Residence will provide glassmaking demonstrations throughout the evening.

Holiday themed trivia in the Hot Shop

Dec. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. 

Warm up in the Hot Shop while the shop team dazzles audiences as they combine molten glass with giant blocks of ice.

Dec. 24 – MUSEUM CLOSED

Dec. 26 – MUSEUM OPEN

Dec. 27-29

Make your own glass ornament with Hilltop Artists 

Make Your Own Ornaments, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Create your own glass ornament. Hilltop Artists will be ready to help you create your own globe. Participants will be picking colors and shaping their pieces. Must be 12 years of age to participate. Limited 30 minute appointments can be reserved with prepayment. Make your reservation by calling (253) 284-4719 or sign up at Admissions Desk. Shipping available for additional fee. No refunds. $60 non-member; $45 MOG member

Dec. 30

Fused Snowflake Ornament Workshop, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Try your hand at creating a fused glass snowflake ornament. Museum of Glass educators will support in cutting and arranging glass pieces to be heated up and melted together, resulting in a snowflake that is uniquely yours. $12 for one/$20 for two.

Dec. 31

Fused Snowflake Ornament Workshop, 1-5 p.m. 

Try your hand at creating a fused glass snowflake ornament. Museum of Glass educators will support in cutting and arranging glass pieces to be heated up and melted together, resulting in a snowflake that is uniquely yours! $12 for one/$20 for two.

Fire and Ice Hot Shop Demonstration, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. MOG’s all-star Hot Shop team will dazzle audiences as they combine molten glass with giant ice blocks.

Fourcast Quartet performance in the Grand Hall, 1-4 p.m. Fourcast Quartet, the women’s barbershop singing group, will be performing during MOG’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Countdown Coneheads, noon to 5 p.m. Make your own unique Conehead hat and noise maker to celebrate the New Year!

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