Classes and Demos

Intro to Hot Glass — Sessions start in January 2015

Due to the high demand for Ornament Sessions before the holidays, ITHG Classes will only be offered January through April.  Schedule will be posted mid December.

Learn the basic skills of handling hot glass! Working with glass artist Jim Downey, you will participate in the exciting process of creating a color swirl glass paperweight. No previous glassblowing experience required. Also great for couples or groups of 4; four students maximum per session.

Ornament Sessions (offered October through April)

Ornament Session appointments are fully booked between now and Christmas.  We are still accepting appointments for January through April.

  • Session of 8 ornaments: Approximately 1-1.5 hours
  • Ages 5+
  • Cost: $20 per ornament; Minimum of 8 ornaments

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.

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.

The ornaments will need to cool down and will be ready to pick up in 48 hours. Well worth the wait!

Group Tours and Demonstrations (offered September through May)

We are happy to offer group tours of our gallery and glass blowing space, including live demonstrations. Our professional artist will teach your group about the equipment, tools, and skills needed to perform this age-old art. Experience the full beauty and intensity of blown glass right at home in Central Illinois. Call us today to schedule a tour or to arrange for a special demonstration. If the process interests you, consider registering for a class!

Registration Info

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 is 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.

Glassblowing students must be at least 18 years of age. Wear cotton clothing – we recommend long pants and long sleeves, and sturdy shoes with closed toes. Please bring sunglasses and a sketchbook.