History & Glassworking Classes

Glassmaking

The Museums of Oglebay Institute offer a variety of classes, tours and workshops throughout the year – focusing on collections, exhibits, local history and historical figures. The Glass Museum, located below the Carriage House Glass Gift Shop in Oglebay, is one of the few places in the region where the beautiful art of glassworking can be observed and taught first-hand.

Glassworking Classes

Beginning Glassworking
Learn glassworking basics including tools, equipment, and terminology. Gather, re-heat and shape molten glass. Make at least two paperweights and other free-form pieces. No experience is required. Class meets at Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum, located below the Carriage House Glass Gift Shop in Oglebay Park.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 11am-4pm by arrangement, scheduled 1 week in advance.
Begins: February 4-March 4
Duration: 5 hours
Instructor(s): Bob Allen

$120/$102 OI members
Call 304-242-7272 to request a session.

Mother’s Day Glass Workshops
Create one-of-a-kind pieces of art glass with mothers grandmothers, daughters aunts and friends Mother’s Day weekend at Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum, located below the Carriage House Glass Gift Shop in Oglebay Park. Under the guidance of a glassworker, choose to create glass hearts, candy “kiss” charms for a necklace, paperweights and more. We’ll guide you step-by-step. One and one-half-hour session are available 10:30am-4pm.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 10:30am-noon, 1pm-2:30pm, 2:30pm-4pm and 4pm-5:30pm May 13 & 14 at Oglebay Institute’s  Glass Museum, Oglebay Park
Begins: Sat., May 13 OR Sun., May 14
Duration: 1 1/2 hour workshops
Instructor(s): Bob Allen

$140/$119 OI members (per couple) Add up to two additional participants for $30 per person.

Call 304-242-7272 to request a session.

Next Steps in Glassworking
Students who have completed a Beginning Glassworking Class are invited to build on their basic skills and learn to use molds and blowpipes. Basic glassworking skills are required. Class meets at Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum, located below the Carriage House Glass Gift Shop in Oglebay Park.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 11am-4pm by arrangement, scheduled 1 week in advance.
Begins: February 4-March 4
Duration: 5 hours
Instructor(s): Bob Allen

$120/$102 OI members
Call 304-242-7272 to request a session.

Paperweight Making Class
Learn to make paperweights that contain colorful and interesting glass inclusions, such as twists, swirls and flowers. Learn how to gather, re-heat and shape glass under the guidance of the Glassworker. Make at least two paperweights in a three-hour session. No experience necessary. Class meets at Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum, located below the Carriage House Glass Gift Shop in Oglebay Park.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: By arrangement, scheduled 1 week in advance.
Begins: February 4-March 4
Duration: 3 hours
Instructor(s): Bob Allen

$80/$68 OI members
Call 304-242-7272 to request a session.

Romance of Glass Workshops
Work together under the guidance of a Glassworker to create at least two pieces of one-of-a-kind art glass – choose from hearts, candy “kiss” charms for a necklace, paperweights and more.

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 10:30am-noon, 1-2:30pm, 2:30-4pm and 4-5:30pm Feb. 11 & 12
Begins: Sat., Feb. 11
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Bob Allen

$140/$119 OI members (per couple)

Public Programs

All About Glass
An overview of the five major companies that operated in Wheeling during the height of local glass production. Participants will have the rare opportunity to study representative pieces up close at the Glass Museum while it is closed to the public. Mix ‘n match or attend all four sessions.

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Ages: adults
Meets: 6:30-8pm Jan. 5 (Antebellum Wheeling), Jan. 12 (Hobbs, Brockunier), Jan. 19 (Central) and Jan. 26 (Northwood)
Begins: Thurs., Jan. 5
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Holly McCluskey, Curator of Glass

$15/$12.75 OI members (per class

Antiques Show Children’s Tour
Join the Mansion Museum curator for a special guided tour of the Antiques Show at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge. Dealers will introduce children ages 5-12 to the concepts of antiques and collecting. Learn about items specially chosen for this tour.

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Ages: 5-12
Meets: 4pm, Saturday, April 8
Begins: Sat., Apr. 8
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Kelsy Traeger, Curator

$5/$4.25 OI members (per child)

Antiques Show Glass Tour
Join Glass Museum curator Holly McCluskey for a special guided tour of antique glass featured at Oglebay Institute’s annual Antiques Show & Sale. Meet and interact with dealers and learn about pieces chosen specially for this tour. Glass from the mid-1800s through mid-century modern will be covered. Tour begins at the Antiques Show entrance in Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge.

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Ages: adults
Meets: 1pm, Saturday, April 8
Begins: Sat., Apr. 8
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Holly McCluskey, Curator of Glass

$10/$8.50 OI members

Decorative Arts a la Carte
This class is an introduction to popular American decorative styles: Federal (1790-1810); Empire (1810-1840); Victorian (1840-1900); and “Oglebay” (1901-1926). Social history, lifestyles, furniture and the decorative arts will be highlighted. Participants will have the rare opportunity to go into the Mansion’s period rooms. Mix ‘n match or attend all four sessions.

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Ages: adults
Meets: 6:30-8pm Thurs., Feb. 2 (Federal), Feb. 9 (Empire), Feb. 16 (Victorian), Feb. 23 (“Oglebay”)
Begins: Thurs., Feb. 2
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Holly McCluskey, Curator of Glass

$15/$12.75 OI members (per class)

The Life of Earl W. Oglebay Presentation
The name Oglebay is well-known in the area, but how much do you know about the man himself? Learn about the personal and professional life of Earl W. Oglebay, the man behind the park, the Mansion Museum, and more. Photographs, archival items and artifacts from the collection will be used to tell the fascinating story. Meets at the Mansion Museum, Oglebay.

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Ages: adults
Meets: 6:30-8pm Thurs., Mar. 2
Begins: Thurs., Mar. 2
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Holly McCluskey

$15/$12.75 OI members

Valentine’s Champagne Tour of the Mansion Museum
A perfect beginning to a romantic evening! Learn about the lives and loves of three generations of the Oglebay Family – secret engagements, tragedy, young love, second chances and more. Includes the rare opportunity to go into the Mansion’s period rooms. Each couple receives sparkling wine, chocolates, a single rose and a glass “kiss” made in The Studio at the Glass Museum.

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Ages: adults
Meets: 6-7:30pm Tuesday, February 14
Begins: Tues., Feb. 14
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Holly McCluskey

$75/$64 OI members (per couple)