Thursday, August 5, 2010

Franklin Park: the Hot Shop

Just off of E. Broad Street, a couple of miles from downtown Columbus, sits Franklin Park Conservatory and its very cool Hot Shop. The park itself deserves a post of its own, but today, I want to tell you about the Hot Shop.

This little corner of the conservatory is a glass-blowing demonstration area. We have been there twice now, and have enjoyed being in the audience, watching the artist work with liquid glass, and the 1000+ degree ovens!

The demonstration usually happens in the middle of the day, from 11am to 2pm, I believe. There are plenty of chairs for viewers, and no extra fees for attendance.

All I can say is that our 6 year old children enjoyed this place as much as we did! All the pieces made here are then sold at the gift shop of the conservatory.

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