VA Hot Glass Festival / 2016 Dates: April 23rd and 24th

Each year, Sunspots Studios proudly hosts The Virginia Hot Glass Festival on the last full weekend of April. These two days are filled with exhibitions and demonstrations by hot glass and flame work artists from around the region.



We invite dozens of hot glass artists who demonstrate glassblowing and flame working techniques throughout the day. We also open our expansive 2nd floor as a vendor area where you can see works from all our visiting artists and enjoy wine tasting by Barren Ridge Vineyards.

Special Activities during the Festival include

Flaming Ray Gun

Virginia Stone Carvers Guild at Sunspots Virginia Hot Glass Festival Staunton Virginia

Fire-Breathing Dragon – Josh Ries from Art of Fire makes a fire-breathing dragon.

Flaming Ray Gun – Glass artists build a ray gun that shoots flames 
Wine Tasting – Barren Ridge Vineyards offer tastings & sell wine by the glass.

Stone Carving – VA Stone Carvers Guild demonstrate their trade across the street.

Children’s Activities – Random children will be chosen to assist the blowers in the following activities during both days:

  • You draw it, we make it. 
  • Casting your hand print in glass. 
  • Blow your own ornament. 
  • Make a glass flower.  

Admission is FREE! We are handicapped accessible and have ample parking around our studio.


2015 Featured Artists include:

Glassblowing by: 

Todd Hansen, Dave Zimmerman, Josh Ries, and Bruce Ferguson of Art of Fire Glass, Laytonsville, MD
Minh Martin of  Romeo Glass, Waynesboro, VA
Benjamin Mathes of Bendable Glass, Falls Church, VA
Charles Hall of Frozen Motion GlassCharlottesville, VA
Linwood Hoffman of Mt. Otter Glass/Darkwater Jewelry, Bedford, VA
Monique & Romiro Camarillo, and Susan Haas of Hog This Glass
, Leesburg, VA

Neil Duman of Visions in Glass, Richmond, VA

Nate Avery of Nate Avery Glass, Suffolk, VA 
Dan Scogna,  Seth Hendrick,  Doug Sheridan, of Sunspots Studios

Bead & Jewelry /Flame-Worked Glass by:

Nolly Gelsinger of Nolly’s Folly Studio, Westminster, MD
Charmaine Jackson of Encircle Designs, Williamsburg, VA
Lisa Mosser of Mosser Studio, Newport News, VA
Amy Jean Nichols of Rigadoon Glass, Bath, OH
James Spaloss of Spaloss Studios, Forked River, NJ
Debby Weaver of Fern Hill Studio, Middleton, MD
Cleo Dunsmore of Grama Tortoise Beads, Ijamsville, MD
Jonathon Baker of JB Glass Designs, Lynchburg, VA
Katie Stidley of The Beaded Rabbit, Staunton, VA