Visit the 14th Annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival in Staunton, VA
Have you ever watched a live glass-blowing demonstration? It’s absolutely fascinating to watch the molten glass being shaped and molded by skilled hands and their steel tools. Only half an hour away from Afton Mountain B&B is Sunspots Studio in Staunton, which offers daily glass-blowing demonstrations, a gallery of glasswork, and blow-your-own-ornament activities. Furthermore, Sunspots will be hosting the 14th Annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival, the only annual festival of its kind in the state.
Here are a few things you can expect to enjoy at this year’s festival, which will be held April 23-24, 2016:
- Blown glass exhibits with marbles, jewelry, beads, home décor and more
- Wine tasting, provided by Barren Ridge Winery
- A Stone Carvers exhibit and stone sculpting demonstration
- Traditional glass-blowing demonstrations
- Flame working demonstrations
- Bead-making activities
Even if you can’t make it to this year’s festival, you can visit Sunspots Studios year-round and experience a live demonstration every day until 4:00 p.m. (They also offer current batch products for sale on their website!) Their gift gallery provides everything from hand-made vases and ornaments to bird feeders and lawn decorations. Part of the unique beauty of their offerings is the constantly changing selections based on the current hot glass projects of four different artists. So book your room at Afton Mountain B&B, and visit Sunspots to pick up that one-of-a-kind gift for yourself, your family and your friends.
“Glassblowing is an animal unto itself. It requires skill, knowledge, physical strength and respect.” –William Morris