Glass Blowers Battle 2019


Save the date for Glass Blowers Battle 2019! The notorious annual hot glass throw down will take place May 3, 4, and 5 in the studios at Glass Art Kalamazoo. All three days of the event are open to the public, fun for all ages, and absolutely free to attend.

Glass Blowers Battle pits the best hot shop and flame shop artists from Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and beyond in a head-to-head competition of explosive glass blowing. The public is invited to witness the incredible craft work and cheer on the competitors during all three days of the event. Cash prizes, novelty trophies, and bragging rights will be awarded, as reputations, nicknames, and legends are created. Join us to be a part of the mayhem!

More details on Glass Blowers Battle 2019 will be announced soon. In the meantime, check out photos and results from last year’s Battle HERE.


GLASS BLOWERS BATTLE 2019


FRIDAY MAY 3

Hot Shop Arena: Centerpiece Show-Off

4:00pm – 10:30pm

(Teams have 1.5 hours to create a 3-piece tabletop display. Judging is based on: Completion, Aesthetic, Function, and Team Performance)

Flame Shop Arena: Flourishing Functional Art

4:00pm – 9:00pm
(Individual competitors have 5 hours to create a functional masterpiece on the torch. Spoons, Bowls, Goblets, and more… if it’s functional, then it counts! Judging is based on: Functionality, Creativity, Aesthetic, Craft, and Completion.)

SATURDAY MAY 4

Hot Shop Arena: Bronson Journey Beads Sculpture Competition

11:45am – 8:30pm
(Patients from Bronson Children’s Hospital have created drawings based on their inner illness-fighting warrior / superhero / magical creature. Glass Blowing Teams have 2 hours to bring the drawings to life in the form of a 3-D blown glass sculpture. Judging will be based on: Completion, Creativity, Aesthetic, and Team Performance).

Flame Shop Arena: Marvelous Marbles

2:00pm – 5:00pm
(Individual competitors have 2-hours to create a dynamic and intriguing marble. Judging is based on: Aesthetic, Craft, Creativity, and Completion.)

Flame Shop Arena: Perfect Pendant

6:00pm – 9:00pm
(Individual competitors have 2 hours to create the perfect wearable Pendant. Judging is based on: Aesthetic, Craft, Creativity, and Completion.)

SUNDAY MAY 5

Public Judging + Competition Pieces on Display

12:00pm – 4:00pm

(View all of the finished Battle 2019 art work and vote for your favorites.)

All three dates are open to the public, all ages, and FREE to attend. All events will take place at:

Glass Art Kalamazoo

326 W Kalamazoo Ave

Kalamazoo MI 49007

Thank you to our sponsors for Glass Blowers Battle 2019