Seattle’s Glass Festival, “Refract” Returns October 13-16

Photo courtesy Refract.

The 4th annual Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, returns to Seattle next week, October 13 -16. This four-day glass festival spans across dozens of locations across the greater Seattle area and will showcase more than 50 organizations and 70 participating artists. During Refract, glass art enthusiasts and newcomers will enjoy artist parties, exclusive open studio tours, special gallery exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and intimate glassblowing demonstrations not offered at any other time.

Seattle has four contestants from the latest season of the hit Netflix show, Blown Away – and all of them will be showcased in 2022 Refract. Dan Friday, Rob Stern, Minhi England, and John Sharvin will be offering live glassblowing demos and glass art exhibitions throughout the weekend, including shows at The Glass Eye on Friday; and demos at Seattle Glassblowing Studios on Friday and Saturday.

Details on where to find these Seattle glassblowing artists next weekend:

—Refract: A Night at Glass Eye Studio with Special Guest Rob Stern – Friday, 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Glass Eye Studio)

—Native Voices: Celebrating Native American & Indigenous Glass Artists with Dan Friday, Exhibit Opening Thursday + Live Glassblowing with Dan Friday on Friday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Seattle Glassblowing Studio)

—John Sharvin, Glassblowing Live and In Person – Friday (Seattle Glassblowing Studio)

—Live Glassblowing with Minhi England – Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Seattle Glassblowing Studio)

Photo credit: Megan Swann Photography

New! Map of Open Artist Studios – Shining a spotlight on smaller studios! North end studios will be open on Saturday, central and south end studios will be open on Sunday; download PDF and QR code here

New! Refract Passports for visiting smaller studios—Collect stamps at each studio you visit, and win prizes! Details available at Gather on Thursday, and at each Saturday & Sunday open studio location; view and download here.

Bigger and Better! Gather, opening night party at Chihuly Garden and Glass; tickets are $45/mix and mingle with Seattle’s top glass artists and treat yourself to drinks and bites; plus live glassblowing in our Hot Shop, featuring Hilltop Alumni artists.

Glass Blowing Lessons at Blowing Sands Glass Studios (Ballard)

Tickets to the official opening night party, Gather at Chihuly Garden and Glass, can be purchased here.