Creative Escape Glass has developed a unique niche in Springfield, Missouri. Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of places offering visitors a chance to create their own art. Most of these have involved painting of some sort. It seems to have started with shops that allowed customers to paint ceramics. Lately, there has been an increase in the number of places that have paint parties, which involve wine and canvas.
When we first heard of this place, we weren’t sure what to expect. We have been to many glassblower shops and demonstrations. Neither of us were thinking this would be something we could do. After all, it looks like an art form that takes many years to master. We were relieved to find out that Creative Escape Glass is something totally different. Here guests create fused glass projects using various colors and shapes of cut glass. A display table showcases potential projects that guests can choose from, and the price for each. Once the style of item is determined, you can let your imagination run free.
When we arrived there were already people busy working on their own projects. The owner of Creative Escape Glass, Rebekah, was cutting glass sheets to the sizes needed for various projects. She would buzz around her studio giving pointers, and making sure supplies were at the ready. Here she has created an environment where people have the opportunity to let their creativity flow, and end up with something uniquely their own.
A Calm and Creative Escape
Each customer has a station to work at. We watched a group of ladies, as each created their own version of small trays. The base glass plate is the canvas for the various glass pieces which will be fused together. Working with various tools supplied by the store, customers piece together their individual art pieces. Along the wall are racks filled with glass sheets of various colors and textures. A wide assortment of other types of glass beads, stones, straws, and other shapes are also available. Customers are taught the basics of glass cutting, and put to work creating their masterpiece. An average of 2 to 3 hours are needed to complete a project, so plan accordingly.
The Final Product
Once your artistic creation is completed, it is time for the fusing. This process takes many hours, and is done after you leave. The normal turnaround for a piece is about a week. For those nearby or frequent Springfield visitors, you can pick up your creation at the shop. Visitors who are merely vacationing or passing through can have their artwork shipped to them. Of course, as with many forms of glass working, unexpected issues may arise. Rebekah always tries to remedy these when possible, but you may want to review the “Oops” page on her website to see potential pitfalls. No matter what you choose or how it turns out, you will still have the memory of creating your own fused glass. It is a special way to spend a few hours.