How to Spend an Afternoon at Icefire Glassworks

Icefire Glassworks is a unique glassblowing studio and art gallery that’s one of the most popular attractions in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Here, visitors can admire original vases, bowls, and sculptural forms, all created out of glass by local artists. The studio is just a few minutes away when you stay with Starfish Vacation Rentals and is a must-see on your next trip to the Oregon Coast! Here are just a few of the things you’ll find at Icefire Glassworks.

What You’ll See at Icefire Glassworks

Featured Artists

James Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland have both been blowing glass at Icefire Glassworks for decades. A potter and self-taught glass artist, Kingwell’s works showcase spectacular color and form. His “Northern Lights” pieces are calm and serene, and his “Bad Hair Day” series has an undeniable electric energy. Kindland also displays many beautiful pieces in the gallery, including her “Autumn Leaves” series which depicts forests, grasslands, and deserts. Gallery friends Michelle Kaptur and Mark Gordon are also featured.

In addition to the dramatically colored glass pieces that line the walls, the gallery’s building is a sight to behold. The door hinges are made of material salvaged from a shipwreck, and the roof is made of recycled metal. Hand-hewn cedar posts and steel brackets complete the rustic 1970s feel.

Cannon Beach Glass Blowing Classes

James Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland also offer live glassblowing demonstrations for visitors. The artists explain the process and assist each other as they add a blob of molten glass to the furnace, which blasts flames at over 2000 degrees. The artists then adds bits of color and more glass to increase the size. Guests can admire the half hour demonstration from an observation area in the gallery. Icefire Glassworks is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by Fernhill Glass Studios

If you’re interested in seeing more glass blowing on the Oregon Coast, take a day trip to Fernhill Glass Studios in Astoria, OR. Owner Claude Kurtz has over 25 years of experience in hot glass work and offers everything from paperweights and vases to mugs and floats. The studio also has beginner glassblowing classes where visitors can make their own one-of-a-kind ornaments, floats, or pumpkins with the help of an artist. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment, or stop by and watch a demonstration. The studio is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Book Your Stay with Starfish Vacation Rentals

After an incredible trip to Icefire Glassworks, come home to one of our Cannon Beach vacation rentals and unwind! Located just steps from the ocean and a short drive from town, our beautiful homes offer both luxury and tranquility. You’ll find plush furnishings, high-quality linens, and homey touches that are perfect for you and your family. We also pride ourselves on concierge-level assistance, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at Icefire Glassworks!