About Black Hills Glass Blowers
Planning to see Mt. Rushmore? Nearby, Black Hills Glass Blowers is nestled in a lovely area of Keystone. The studio is open daily mid - May through mid - Sept. during tourist season. Schedule varies in offseason: open part-time, call ahead.
At the studio, Pete Hopkins & Gail Damin create art glass by using blowpipes to gather molten glass from a 2000 degree furnace.
The hot glass is blown and tooled to create vases, bowls, goblets, and paperweights in an array of form and color. They also create lampwork figurines, animals, flowers, and ornaments by using a torch to melt glass rods and tubes.
Glassblowing is an ancient art practiced for nearly three thousand years. Although the tools and equipment have evolved over time, the technique is basically unchanged. The formula for different types of glass is many and varied. However, the basic ingredients remain the same. In today's rapidly ever-changing world it is magical to reach back in time and apply this knowledge in the present day.
Visitors can often see the blowing process or lampworking technique. On location, a beautiful selection of art glass and figurines is displayed for your shopping pleasure. Blowing times vary.