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Battle of the Glassblowers!


West Michigan Glass Art Center Heats Up for the 8th Annual Battle of the Glassblowers

West Michigan Glass Art Center is proud to host Kalamazoo's highly anticipated 8th annual ‘Battle of the Glassblowers’ on Friday, April 4th, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, noon to 6 p.m, 2013.  This high stakes, glass sporting event promises jaw dropping moments of excitement as glassblowers and flameworkers transform hot molten glass into exquisitely delicate objects.   This once-a-year battle lures unparalleled talented glass artists from across the region.  Cheer on your favorite glassblower or flameworker in this FREE family friendly event.  Located in downtown Kalamazoo, your hotspot for fun things to do in Kalamazoo!  For more information call West Michigan Glass Art Center at 269-552-9802.

Love the pieces created during the Battle of the Glassblowers?  Much of the work created during the Battle is auctioned off during our exciting "Raise Your Glass" annual fundraising event on April 26th, 6-9 p.m.  Click here for information.

Below are exciting photos from 2013's Battle of the Glassblowers.  You won't want to miss the fun!!!






Battle of the Glassblowers Hot Shop Battle Competitors Information

Friday, April 4th

Team Competitions, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm  

There will be 6 team slots of 90 minutes each.   3 person team consisting of Gaffer (Team Leader) and 2 assistants of Gaffer’s choice. No duplication of  

team members in Team Competition

90 minutes to create a 3 Piece Beverage Set:  Choices of sets: A Pitcher and 2 mugs, A Carafe and 2 goblets or A Decanter and 2 tumblers
Bench 1 is FULL!

Saturday, April 5th

Featuring 3 Individual Competitions:

Fanciest Goblet:  Noon to 2:55 pm.  - 8 slots available.  40 minute time limit 

People's Choice Mystery Object:  3:10 pm to 5:05 pm.  8 slots available.  25 minute time limit

Fastest Goblet:  5:15 pm to 6:15 pm.  Timed for speed.

The public will submit their choices into a hat and the competitor will draw 2 tags and pick one tag to make the best interpretation of the object.

Battle Feast and awards will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

*6 judges will rate each team according to the rules and point system of the competition

Love the pieces created during the Battle of the Glassblowers?  Many of those pieces will be auctioned off at our "Raise Your Glass" annual fundraiser!  See below for details or click here!


Thanks so much to Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts, Allegan County Community Foundation and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  You make everything possible! 

We also very thankful to the businesses listed below for sponsoring us in 2013.  You made our ever popular Battle of the Glassblowers and other events successful!




Coatings by Sandberg-click here
West Michigan Glass Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art.  For more information, please call (269) 552-9802.  Located in downtown Kalamazoo, be sure to add West Michigan Glass Art Center to your list of fun things to do in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan.

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