This weekend, September 18 and 19, five area glassblowers will open their studios to the public.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, glass artisans will be in studio demonstrating their craft for the public. The art of glassblowing is thriving along the scenic Route 100 corridor. In the last 15 years, five glassblowing studios have popped up along the Route 100 corridor from Granville to Waitsfield to Waterbury Center to Moscow and Hyde Park.

Each of the studios is artist-owned and each artist has developed their own techniques and style of glassblowing. Glassblowing requires years of training and intense concentration to learn the many skills needed to manipulate a molten liquid over 2,000 degrees.

In an effort to raise awareness of this art form as practiced at these five nationally recognized studios, the glassblowers have teamed up to have a "Route 100 Glassblowers - Open Studio Weekend." At each studio, visitors will have a chance to see glassblowing demonstrations and meet the artists as they work, transforming molten hot glass into a variety of functional and sculptural glass. There will also be prize drawings, sale pricing and a chance to win a glassblowing lesson. 

At Green Mountain Glass in Granville, visitors may get a chance to see how Fayston native Michael Egan makes his glass coral reef paperweights and colorful glass cane work. Dave Leppla at the Mad River Glass Gallery in Waitsfield will be spinning out amber platters and their gallery is filled with a variety of sculptural glass and glass lanterns blown by Melanie Leppla. At Ziemke Glassblowing Studio, celebrating his 15th year at the studio he built, Glenn Ziemke will be making wine goblets and glass fish. At Little River Hot Glass Studio just off Route 100 in Moscow, Michael Trimpol will be making the ornaments they are known for and visitors may get to see him hot sculpt perfume bottles. At Matt Seasholtz's studio in Hyde Park, visitors can watch as he works on his fall crop of glass pumpkins and his line of optic vases, bowls and bottles.

For more information and a printable map check out their website:  vermontglassblowers.com.

Participating Studios and contact info:

Green Mountain Glassworks, Granville. Artist: Michael Egan, 767-4547 
Mad River Glass, Waitsfield. Artists: David & Melanie Leppla, 496-9388
Ziemke Glassblowing Studio, Waterbury Center. Artist: Glenn Ziemke, 244-4126
Little River Hotglass Studio, Moscow. Artist: Michael Trimpol, 253-0889
Seasholtz Glass, Hyde Park. Artist: Matt Seasholtz, 635-2731