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Best Places For Glass Art In The Sacramento Area

July 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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Glass art is elegant, dazzling and timeless. The art of working with glass and creating glass artwork has been around for thousands of years. Sacramento offers an abundance of talented artists who create stunning artwork out of glass, including stained glass, vases, jewelry and wall and ceiling pieces. Local artists also share their knowledge and experience through a variety of classes and private instructions. The following studios and galleries are just a few of the local resources where you can learn about glass art or pick up a beautiful piece for your home or business.
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Fire River Art Glass Studio
4359 Town Center Blvd
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 941-2480
www.fireriverartglass.net

Artist Patrick Mullen, owner and operator of Fire River Art Glass Studio, has been creating exceptional glass art for over 20 years. Mullen’s work can be seen at galleries in Davis and El Dorado Hills. However, if you want to try your hand at the trade, Fire River offers beginning and intermediate classes in glassblowing for all of those looking to get a closer look at this process. Space is limited and a non-refundable deposit is required for all classes. Private instruction is also available for those who require a bit more attention. The Fire River studio is available for rental and it includes annealer and basic tools.

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Rainbow Glass

4556 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 483-3843
www.rainbowglass.org

Rainbow Glass offers beautiful glass art for sale in the store and online. Pieces include vases, beads, bowls, stained-glass and fused-glass objects. There are also tools and supplies, DVDs and repair services offered for customers. Pay a visit to the store to browse the book collection that explains the art and various ways to create it. Or sign up for a class and see what you can make. Classes include instruction in glassblowing, kiln forming, fusing, bead making, lead method and mosaics, to name a few. Because each method requires specific materials, Rainbow Glass provides everything you might need to tackle any project.

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Artists’ Collaborative Gallery
129 K St
Sacramento, CA 95812
(916) 444-7125
www.artcollab.com

For over 25 years, the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery has been featuring local, award-winning artists from a variety of creative backgrounds. The gallery offers numerous glass-art pieces at the best prices you can find around town. Stop in a few times and pick your favorite artist from the almost 30 that are represented. The gallery frequently hosts special events and classes. Check the website to see the upcoming schedule. ACG recently reopened in Old Sacramento and offers $5 parking validation for any city parking lot with a purchase of $5 or more. This gallery has unlimited gift ideas and would be an easy solution to figuring out that next birthday present.

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Sacramento Glass Works
2530 Mercantile Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 456-0367
www.sacramentoglassworks.com

Sacramento Glass Works has been serving the west coast for over 20 years, creating thousands of glass pieces for residential and commercial applications. In addition to art glass and custom-glass pieces, Sacramento Glass Works offers repair and restoration, sandblasting and etching, art windows, doors and cabinets and “anything else glass.” Everything created within its studio is hand made and could be used within homes, restaurants and offices. Check out the showroom to see what you could incorporate into your collection. Consultations and estimates are free.

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Nicholson Blown Glass
5555 Bell Road
Auburn, CA 95602
(530) 823-1631
www.nicholsonblownglass.com

Rick and Janet Nicholson have been creating beautiful glass-art pieces for over 30 years. They offer “fine hand blown glass art specializing in custom commercial, corporate and residential commissions, including wall and ceiling glass art, chandeliers, lighting and metal sculpture.” Although a bit of a drive from downtown Sacramento, this gallery definitely merits a visit. The work of these artists has been featured in numerous galleries, hotels and private residences internationally. Visit the website for special events that are happening with the artists both at the gallery and around the area.

Karen Boruff is a freelance writer living in Sacramento. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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