Glass Blowing at the Espace Verre
A unique gallery, studio and school dedicated to glass-blowing, Espace Verre was created in 1983 by two artists who wanted to give people in Montreal the chance to learn the artform. The small, private institution is based in a former fire hall in the industrial zone of Pointe-Saint-Charles, and is regularly open to visitors.
If you’re curious about glass-blowing, it’s worth stopping by the Espace Verre for the opportunity to watch artists at work; above the large studio where the kilns and benches are kept, there’s a viewing platform, from which you can observe without being a nuisance. This old firehouse is primarily a school for those learning about the art, but visitors are welcome to pop in.
Espace Verre offers a technical three-year degree in the art of glass-blowing. It’s a full-time program, which draws students from across Quebec and even Europe. Professional artists can also rent benches in the studio, regardless if they’ve studied here or not. And even if you’re not a trained glass-blower, you can still dip your toes into the kiln by attending one of their intensive weekend workshops.