Founded by Michael Boyd in 1999 in Ohio, by 2002 FOCI moved to Minneapolis and in 2009 became a non-profit. The studio focuses on teaching the glass arts to the Twin Cities community, as well as mentoring up-and-coming glass blowers and at risk youth. While most offerings are geared toward adults, youth camps are offered each summer, and families can visit the studio during Art-A-Whirl in May.
Classes at FOCI
Some of their open classes include glass demonstrations for community groups, classes in torch working, kiln casting, sand casting, fusing and neon. Hot Glass Discovery classes are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Fusing Discovery classed offered on Sundays. These classes are open to kids age 9+ with a parent. Find more information about classes here.
The studio is featured in our summer camp guide, where details are updated annually. An community exhibition is offered following the summer camp program.
Group Glass Blowing Experiences
For a different kind of fun family outing, groups or families can schedule a experience where participants each get a chance to try glass blowing. Kids must be at least 14 years of age to work independently with parent’s permission but kids aged 9-13 are allowed to try it out with their parent. Learn more here.