There are two areas inside Crystal Arts on Main Street where you can watch some amazing glass artisans at work. In the far back section of the store, there is a workshop area where you can sometimes watch an artist creating the very works of art that are sold in the shop. Just here to the right, you can see an artist working on a vase in the end stages of its creation. As we stood by the railing and watched him work, he explained what he was doing and talked about glass blowing in general.
Also, near the front of the store, there is an area where another glass artist may be working, shaping glass into the figurines you see in the store using a torch. In the picture to the left, you can see the artist working on a glass eagle. He eventually added it to an American flag he’d already made, then attached the finished sculpture to a stand.
The artist in this area works behind glass partitions (yet, you can still feel a little of the intense heat coming from the torch) and therefore, they’re not able to be as interactive here while they’re working. Still, the work is fascinating to watch, as featureless globs of glass are formed into recognizable shapes before your eyes.
I highly recommend stopping by Crystal Arts as you make your way down Main Street to see if the artists are at work. If there is no one working, ask the cast members inside the shop if they know what the schedule is for that day. It’s really worth seeing.