Virginia Hot Glass Festival / 2017 Dates: SATURDAY MAY 27 and SUNDAY MAY 28

Each year, Sunspots Studios proudly hosts

The Virginia Hot Glass Festival.

These two days are filled with exhibitions and demonstrations by hot glass and flame work artists from around the region.


About the Festival – New Dates for 2017: Memorial Day Weekend!

This year’s Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27, & Sunday, May 28!  We invite dozens of hot glass artists who demonstrate glassblowing and flame working techniques throughout the weekend. 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.  Enjoy wood-cooked fare from Mountain Magnolia Grill Food Truck.

DON’T MISS a performance from “Pumpkin Bread Band” on the Sunspots Pavilion, Saturday, May 27, 7pm-9pm.

Special Activities during the Festival include

 Flaming Ray Gun

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


Flaming Ray Gun – Nate Avery of Suffolk builds 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 skill across the street.



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


2017 Featured Artists include:

Glassblowing by: 

Minh Martin of Romeo Glass, Waynesboro, VA
Charles Hall of Frozen Motion GlassCharlottesville, VA
Linwood Hoffman of Mt. Otter Glass/Darkwater Jewelry, Bedford, VA
Neil Duman of Visions in Glass, Richmond, VA

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

Bead & Jewelry /Flame-Worked Glass by:

Cleo Dunsmore Buchanan of Grama Tortoise Glass, Ijamsville, MD
Nolly Gelsinger ofNolly’s Folly Studio, Westminster, MD
Bonnie Jackson of Joyful Adornments Glass StudioSalem, VA
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
Jonathon Baker of JB Glass Designs, Lynchburg, VA
Katie Stidley of The Beaded Rabbit, Staunton, VA
Julie Bahun of Julie Bahun Glass, Sterling, VA


Sunspots Studios is located in the Historic Downtown shopping and dining district.

Find other things to do and great places to eat within walking distance of the festival.