Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer classes?
No, but we have a do-it-yourself activity that can be done any time we’re open, and it’s suitable for all ages. In our classroom, you can choose from thousands of pre-cut pieces of colourful glass to make art of your own.
Can I come anytime to make art?
Yes! You can come in any time we’re open to make glass art. Due to COVID-19 cleaning protocols, we now recommend calling ahead to make an appointment. We can make sure there is a table full of clean materials and your own personal classroom. You should allow at least an hour or two to make your project.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Provincial restrictions have been lifted. You may choose to wear a mask if you wish, but it is no longer required.
Can I bring a large group of people to do the workshop?
We have a large back room that can accommodate up to 30 people. We’ve hosted birthday parties, seniors groups, day camps, school groups and more in our shop. Please contact us to check availability if you’re interested.
Can I add beach glass or other items to my glass art?
No. Different types of glass heat and cool at very different rates, and can crack or break when fusing together in the heat of a kiln.
When will my artwork be ready?
We try to get finished projects back to people within a week or less.
We can’t make it back to pick up our art. Can you ship it to us?
Yes. We ship by Canada Post, and we can send you an electronic invoice for the shipping amount. Once it’s paid, we can ship your art wherever you like. It usually costs about $13-15 dollars to ship any number of pieces.
Can I make the products like you offer for sale in your shop?
No. When we make our products, we use lots of different glass cutting tools and safety gear while working. The DIY activity requires no tools or safety equipment and can be done by people of all ages and ability levels. Our shop is not equipped to allow the public to work with our glass-cutting tools.
What are your prices?
The DIY workshop pieces range from $10-$45 each. Our products range from about $5 to $75. All listed prices in our shop INCLUDE the taxes.
Do you sell your products online?
No. Our glass is for sale at our own shop in Hantsport, as well as a number of other stores and galleries across Canada and the US. Here’s a list.
Do you sell your products wholesale?
Yes. We offer a wholesale catalogue to qualified buyers, and you can find us every year at the Craft East Buyers Expo in Halifax. Shopkeepers and buyers are encouraged to contact us for more information.
Do you do custom work?
Generally not — custom work is time-consuming and cost-prohibitive. We make our glass products in quantities–sometimes hundreds at a time–so we cannot spend many hours to make a single item. We encourage people who want a specific object to try their hand at making a “junk-de-verre” workshop piece for themselves.
What are your hours?
Our hours are listed on our home page, our Facebook page, and our Google business listings. We are open year-round, though hours vary depending on the season.
Where are you located?
We are at 53 Main Street in Hantsport.
Where do you get your glass?
The special “System 96” fusing glass we use in our shop is made in the USA and Mexico, and is shipped to us from a wholesale supplier in Ontario.
Do you sell sheets of glass?
No. All the glass we get is used up in making our products. The “off-cuts” are either crushed into frit or tumbled and washed to add to our tables of “junk-de-verre” workshop glass.
Do you make or repair stained glass?
No. Stained glass is a different process than we do in our shop. While both art forms require cutting and shaping coloured glass, we make fused glass, which involves melting the glass pieces together in a kiln. The process for making stained glass involves metal foil, a soldering iron, and many other specialized tools, skills and materials we don’t have.
I broke a piece of art from your shop. Can you fix it?
Sometimes. If it’s a 3D object like a bowl or candle holder, then unfortunately no. But we’ve re-fired lots of broken “junk-de-verre” DIY art projects. The second firing changes the texture a bit, and we often have to add some extra glass to hold it all together again, but if you have all the pieces, bring them back to our shop and we’ll see what we can do.