Wimberley Glassworks is Texas’s premier hand blown glass lighting and art glass studio, creating exclusive glass collections, limited edition vases, sculptures, platters and lighting since 1992. Wimberley Glassworks hosts daily glass blowing demonstrations for travelers and art glass enthusiasts from around the world.
Experience the thrill of creating your own glass piece in this pop up mini class. Right on the hot shop bench, you'll sculpt molten glass then have our glassblowers shape the piece into a beautiful Paperweight in your choice of colors. Make one for dad, display on your desk, or set in a sunny window to enjoy for years to come. This hands on experience is one day only. These fill up fast so schedule your time here soon.
It's heating up in Texas and to keep you from overheating in our hot shop, this experience is set up to take only 10 minutes within a half hour time slot. While you're here, take a look at all our art glass pieces available in the gallery and watch us create in a live glassblowing demonstration.
While making your piece, It's best to wear cotton clothing, and closed toe shoes are required. Glass takes 24 hours to cool, so your piece will be ready for pickup or shipping on Tuesday. Shipping is extra and arrangements can be made with the gallery. Minimum age is 15.
There will be no make-up class and cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to get a full refund, to give us time to fill your space. Check for walk-in times on the day of. No cancellations or transfers on the day of.
Raise your glass, to our new collection of Whiskey & Wine glasses coming soon to the Glassworks!
In making their debut, we've planned an evening of professional whiskey tasting, led by Russ, owner of Speaking of Grapes and Grains. Join us June 6th from 5-7pm at Wimberley Glassworks.
Gain new knowledge and understanding for Whiskey history, insights, mystic, heritage and new discovery. Did you know that all Bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is Bourbon? We'll be tasting eight American Whiskies, lightest to heaviest, along with lite bites and treats to cleanse the palate.
Russ has been in the alcoholic beverage industry for over 35 years in sales, marketing and management.
He is the owner of Speaking of Grapes and Grains – a company which educates, entertains, and consults on all aspects of alcoholic beverages. Having traveled all around the world, learning from the masters of the distillery business, and having participated in over 1900 distilled spirits and wine events, Russ offers to take you on a educational journey to share his knowledge and experiences with you. From Scotch tastings to wine pairing dinners, from seminars to hands on training, Russ is considered to be the distilled spirits Ambassador at Large throughout the United States.
From fallen flood wood to an upward heavenly spiral of light, our River Timber pendants are making their debut, in the presidential home of the San Marcos Baptist Academy in San Marcos, Texas.
The idea for this exquisite lighting and art glass series of flowing, organically shaped glass was born in the devastating aftermath of the 2015 Wimberley/San Marcos floods. Our founder, Tim de Jong’s desire was to transform what were symbols of tragedy into works of supreme and lasting beauty.
Three years ago, Tim de Jong was inspired when he came across fallen flood wood at the Swift River Pecan Saw Mill in Lockhart, Texas. This inspiration developed into a new collection of River Timber vases, and now a new line of art glass lighting. Each piece is created by blowing glass into a hollowed out log. The texture of the glass is formed from the charred surface of the wood as it burns and smokes away from the molten heat of the glass. No two are alike as the form changes.
Light through the texture of each glass piece refracts an organic yet elegant pattern of light onto adjacent surfaces about the space.
Lighting the foyer at the Academy brought our first River Timber lighting ensemble about, with several more underway in different settings. We’ve presented here the steps involved in bringing this project together from layout to installation. Walk through the space and take in the ambiance of these gracious works. (video)
These tri-pin cable pendants measure approximately 18” height by 6.5” wide, and come in a variety of metal finishes and custom cable lengths. They are also available in several tones and patterns. Design consultation is provided by our team of artisans and layouts are provided by our lighting designer. Installation is conveniently completed by electricians. This collection is now online and available through the gallery with trade discounts. Let us know how we can bring your project together.
Blow Off the big box stores on Friday and join us for some holiday family fun and specials on our local handcrafted art glass. We'll be creating our annual ornaments all day in live ongoing demonstrations and serving hot cider, through the weekend.
Want some hands on fun? Take one of our Hot Shop Experience Glass Classes together, November 24th from 5-7pm. Here are the details
Gift an art glass piece and give the experience of watching it being created by our team of glassblowing artisans in our Texas hill country studio. Choose an art glass vase, bowl or sculpture from our Collections and schedule to watch your live demonstration.
This experience is limited to our art glass Collection pieces. Purchase a piece from our Collections pages then add watching the piece being created for a minimal charge to cover processing. When you're ready, scheduling needs to be arranged 3 weeks prior to the date you want to watch your piece being created by calling the gallery at 512-393-3316. Since we make our pieces to order and get supplies ahead of time, we've got a "you miss it we make it anyway" policy, and there would be no cancellations or delays.
Bring friends and family and make it a special day. You'll be amazed!
Make Your Own Piece
Hot Shop Experience Glass Class
Experience the thrill of coloring, shaping and creating your own hand blown glass flower or elegant paperweight. Our expert instructors teach the history, tools and techniques of glass blowing. Perfect for individuals or couples, these small format classes of between 6 and 10 people offer anyone an extraordinary opportunity to become part of the 2000 year old glass blowing tradition!
To see the schedule and purchase a ticket please click on the link below.
The idea for this exquisite lighting and art glass series of flowing, organically shaped glass was born in the devastating aftermath of the 2015 Wimberley/San Marcos floods. During the floods, the area was devastated and many hundred year old trees fell along the river system. Our founder Tim de Jong’s desire was to transform what were symbols of tragedy into works of supreme and lasting beauty. Working with a local sawmill, Swift River Pecans, these trees were developed into the molds used to create beautiful vases. As it was refined, the technique was then utilized to create an art installation, and now a stunning lighting series.
Each mold is made from one log divided in half to be a two part mold and hollowed out with a chain saw. As the glass is blown into it, it picks up all of that texture from the chain saw and slowly starts to burn the log. As the log burns, the mold continues to change shape, rendering each piece unique. The burn texture in the glass creates a beautiful refractive pattern when lit.
Due to the organic shape of the glass and the irregularity, the glass needs to be extra thick for it to maintain its integrity through cutting, polishing, and grinding. This creates an extremely heavy piece of glass, pushing the weight limits of normal lighting fixtures. Our specialty Tri-Pin fixture was created to hold the weight of the glass while maintaining the airy look of the fixture. Utilizing aircraft cable, the glass piece is able to be easily suspended while the electrical component falls through merely holding the weight of the light bulb. The light bulbs shown are specialty T10 medium base led light bulbs from Satco which evenly lights the glass and enhances the sparkle. These fixtures can also be used to hang other types of heavy glass such as cylinders.
Join us last Saturdays monthly through September from 1:30 to 5pm as we welcome the weekend with hot glass and a cold beer! Enjoy a beer from Middleton Brewery, listen to music from guitarist Carlos Sanchez, watch a glassblowing demo and take a look at our assortment of individually hand crafted glasses and mugs!
This Saturday enjoy a beer while you are here from Middleton Brewery, a local business right down the road! Middleton Brewery has been open to the public for 11 years now, and offers extensive styles of beer. Click here to learn more.
Providing music for the afternoon will be guitarist Carlos Sanchez. Sanchez is a professional guitarist with 30 years of performance experience. His style of music ranges from Latin Jazz to Classic Rock and almost anything in between. Click here to learn more about Carlos.
Glassblowing demos will be held throughout the afternoon and the gallery provides a great place to cool off and enjoy the unique glass art. An assortment of mugs and glasses will be out and available to purchase, the perfect addition to a nice cold one!