Lake Superior Art Glass is a complete torch-work glass studio. We have knowledgeable staff that are well-trained in everything from the artists featured in the gallery to teaching in the glass studio. Whether you’re a first time glass enthusiast or an expert, we have just what you need.
The gallery at Lake Superior Art Glass features glass artwork of all types made by artists in the Midwest. This includes stained, fused, torch-worked, furnace worked and more!
In our studio, students can take beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes, as well as rent studio time to practice what they’ve learned. We also sell torch-work supplies and tools.
Lake Superior Art Glass also has the unique ability to make glass art right before your eyes. Our specialized work station in the front window allows you to watch our live demonstrations from the sidewalk, or better yet, come inside and get up close and personal while the artist works.
Owner Dan Neff has been blowing glass since 2003 and he instantly knew this was an art that he wanted to master. Since then Dan has shown his work around the country and has worked with and learned from world-renowned glass artists. Dan loves to share his passion of glass with others.
How Lake Superior Art Glass got its start
As part of Go Downtown Grow Downtown, the Great Space Giveaway in 2012, three lucky winners would be working with property owners to secure free space in the Downtown. The contest drew in 56 concept papers and was narrowed down to 15 finalists. Due to the quality of the candidates, the selection committee opted to provide three grand prizes rather than the original two that were offered.
Finalists went through the process of creating business plans with the help of the
Northeast Entrepreneur Fund and recieved an incentive package that included
free rent for one year (of a three year lease), free advertising package with the Duluth
News Tribune, free marketing services from Out There Advertising, free retail mentoring
services from Maurices, free membership with the Greater Downtown Council and startup loan assistance from the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.
Dan had currently been using a home-based studio and decided to expand to create Lake Superior Art Glass. It includes a storefront glass blowing demonstration, a gallery, classes, supplies, and studio rental. Parking is available for $1 per hour in the ramp next to Fond-Du-Luth Casino.
Stop in and introduce yourself to the world of glass art!