Salem Glass School Sees Surge Of Interest From Netflix Show

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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The North Shore Glass School in Salem is doing brisk business these days.

Matthew Cronin co-owns the school, which has seen a surge of interest from a recently-acquired Netflix show called "Blown Away," which features glass artists competing against each other.

"Most people aren't aware of it like they are with throwing a pot for clay, or getting out paints for painting — it's just not a well-known art," said Matthew's wife Eve. "All of a sudden, people were like, 'oh, that's how glassblowing works?'"

Matthew Cronin said even after twenty years, the medium still provides a thrill. The studio's glass-blowing studio is still a work in progress but will be up and running by the summer.

"You have about 45 seconds to a minute to work it before it gets hard and then you can reheat the glass to get it molten and soft again," Matthew Cronin said. "It's always moving. It's a physical type of art."

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When the full studio is open, it will offer classes in flameworking, stained glass, and fusing glass. Matthew Cronin said even beginners will get the opportunity to make some interesting stuff.

"Right off the bat, we have people making small pendants, and with the fusing people make platters and dishes right off the bat," he said.

The school offers classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

Written by Chaiel Schaffel and Kyle Bray

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