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Thames Glass

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Address: 688 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6735
Phone Number: +1 401-846-0576
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

We are open for the year and offer glassblowing lessons most days. Please...

We are open for the year and offer glassblowing lessons most days. Please call for available time slots or come watch the glassblowers working. See their finished hand blown glass pieces at Thames Glass Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. Hand Blown Glass by Matthew Buechner since 1981.

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Great hands on glassblowing experience

Visited Thames Glass early Nov of this year and had a great chance to see up close not only how blown glass is made, but to actually make a decorative pumpkin. My daughter and I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Thames Glass early Nov of this year and had a great chance to see up close not only how blown glass is made, but to actually make a decorative pumpkin. My daughter and I had very personal (just the two of us) session lasting about 45 minutes. It probably helped that this was at the end of the tourist... More 

Thank potstickerman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

BEAUTIFUL. We purchased an ornament while in Newport when we got married (2011), we've gotten an ornament every year since, whether there, or purchasing online. We went back this year (2016) for our ornament. We're planning to schedule a glass blowing lesson Thames Glass offers next time we visit Newport

Thank Jaque R
Central Islip, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Based on all the good reviews, we stopped here and watched the glass blowing process through a viewing window. Afterwards, we purchased a beautiful glass fish as a souvenir. The shop is a bit further down Thames street and parking can be difficult but it is well worth a short visit while visiting Newport.

Thank SJKK77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Part of my birthday present was to make a glass paperweight at Thames Glass. I had never worked with molten glass before, but the shop artist guided me through every step. It was a lot of fun and the piece turned out great. I would recommend this as a fun project.

Thank John N
Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

An unexpected find on our visit to Newport. We were able to try our hand at glass blowing or "shaping". Very helpful and knowledgeable artists and so much fun. Beautiful store as well where items can be purchased.

Thank bsmdsi
Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Really, really hot. Better precautions can be taken to sterilize the blowing tube. It was a shame that we had to ask the glass artisan did they have something to wipe the tube (that he had just blown through) off. Still, an unforgettable experience. The staff was wonderful and it's a once in a lifetime activity. Yes, it's on the... More 

Thank CT_Stephanie
Windsor, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I have seen better presentations of glassblowing. Very nice items made. You watch from outside the building or thru a window in the shop.

Thank guttjoyce
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

My Husband and I had a great time learning and participating in the process of making glass globes. Our instructor, Amanda, was terrific and patient. We have our crafty pieces displayed at home now.

Thank P B
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This was the first time i ever attempted to blow glass and they made the experience a ton of fun, and very real. They were great at teaching you along the way about glass blowing, but at the same time letting you try and play with the tools, glass, and of course furnaces while at the same time making sure... More 

Thank bruce c
Haddonfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We booked two glassblowing sessions at Thames Glass with our adult children. Shane was an amazing teacher and a lot of fun to work with to create a one of a kind memento of our trip. It was easy to book in advance and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience!! I would highly recommend this activity!

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