Hudson Beach Glass

July 8, 2021

After a challenging year, I am thrilled to share that @hudsonbeachglass in Beacon, NY has reopened! 🎉🥂

I took these pictures a little while ago on one of my Hudson Valley jaunts. I popped in to say hi to our @ny_now & @americanhandcrafted friends over at HBG. They have been both exhibitors and buyers with us, so I have been more than lucky to have seen their amazing handblown glass objects d’art before. But I was truly “blown away” (😉) and not prepared for the most incredible spectrum of colors, textures and design detail that was presented throughout this restored firehouse made gallery.

Upon entering the first-floor gallery you are just in for a treat, plain and simple. Then when you make an immediate right, you find yourself in the workshop with a hot oven in the back where HBG hosts a variety of classes that you can participate in. From glass bead making to paperweights and more. No experience is necessary and ages 16 and older are welcome.

John Gilvey, the man behind the mask, and Wendy Gilvey, Michael Benzer and Jennifer Smith founded HBG in 1987. Their main studio is in a renovated icehouse in the Hudson Valley. Hmmm…. I see a theme of fire and ice here… I wonder if that was intentional or a serendipitous happening? And in 2003, they opened the gallery and glass blowing demonstration studio on Main Street just a short walk from the @diaartfoundation and the Beacon Metro-North train station.

If you know Beacon at all, it is filled with a plethora of galleries to visit. But HBG is a destination to see. You will miss something great if you do not make it a point to stop in. So, while you are there or you visit them online, do what you can to help to support an amazing small business!

August 08-11, 2021  |  Javits Center