The Glass Blowing Center
Glass Blowing School and Gift Shop
Celebrating 14 years at this location  
... where glass blowing comes alive!

Covid-19 update

Due to the uncertainty of the Corona virus pandemic, we will remain closed as we monitor if the local cases increase or decrease over at least the next several weeks. Due to severe lung issues, Tom is in the high risk category of this virus.

Glass blowing classes can not happen at this time due to the social distancing issues involved with teaching. If you would like to take a class, please call Elaine to put your name on a list, and we will contact you immediately when we are able to resume teaching.

Group demonstrations are also on hold due to social distancing, but as with classes, please call to have your name put on a list.

If you would like to come in to our store in need of a gift, or to pick up an order you have on layaway, please call Elaine at 724-791-2100 to make an appointment.  This is not an inconvenience for us in any way, as we live right next door to the Glass Center.  If you do come in, please wear a mask for your safety as well as ours.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe to do so.

About Us...

The Glass Blowing Center is a brand new 3,600 square foot facility containing a gift shop and a large demonstration hall.  The gift shop features handcrafted gifts for every occasion, taste, and budget.  Our demonstration hall allows the public to experience molten glass formed into vessels, marbles, and sculptures in an open flame.  With seating for up to 100 people, we offer free educational glass blowing demonstrations that are custom tailored for your group of 10 or more.  Please call to schedule your group demonstration today.

Are you looking for a unique experience for a birthday party?  How about a glass blowing demonstration where your guests will watch in awe as our resident flame worker manipulates glass in an open flame and shows step by step how sculptures and vessels are formed?  The birthday boy or girl will get one demonstration item as our free gift.  Our barbeque and picnic area is available rain or shine in which you can bring your own cake, food, and other party supplies and we will take care of the entertainment.  Also, glass party favors are available and your guests can choose either a rice necklace or an adopt-a-pet (glass figurine) as their party favor.

The Glass Blowing Center would like to display historical glass blown objects in our facility.  We welcome any (local) glass artifacts that can be loaned for display by the public.  The western Pennsylvania region has a rich history of glass blowing that we would like to highlight in a special "glass heritage" event.  We would be interested in glass items, historical facts, or photographs from the Parker, Knox, or level factories.

Proprietor's Tom and Elaine Doner are committed to promoting the share of knowledge in the glass working community.  Each year they host the longest running glass convention in the United States, called the "Art Glass Invitational" (A.G.I.) where glass blowers come to share their knowledge with their peers.  Our 2003 event brought 50 flame workers together from across the United States and Canada who participated in classes, lectures, and demonstrations.  Manufacturers and glass suppliers were also in attendance. 


The Glass Blowing Center  -  114 Leonard Road  - Hilliards, Pennsylvania 16040
For more information feel free to call us at (724) 791-2100  -  e-mail:

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