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Larchmere Fire Works Class FAQ
- ● HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY OR SCHEDULE A CLASS?
Call, or better yet, TEXT Tina at the Hot Shop. (216) 246-4716 Tina is the boss lady. She controls the schedule and can also answer any follow up questions you may have that aren’t covered in the FAQ below.
- ● WHAT TO WEAR:
We highly recommend you wear close-toed shoes and well fitting clothing. No scarves or flowy clothes. While not required, tying back long hair is also a good call.
- ● AGE REQUIREMENTS:
We say most ages because it depends on the kid. We’ve blown glass with a 3 year old! ( and she was amazing!) Obviously we don’t have the little ones gathering the glass but they love doing the tool work.
We let the kid (their physical size and attention span/ability to follow directions) determine how much they do. Unsurprisingly most kids are fearless and want to do more of the work. We encourage that and help them do it safely. Surprisingly, we’ve learned kids typically follow directions better than adults, especially after they feel the heat of the furnace from 8 feet away.
If your child cannot wear a mask, we will have to wait to schedule them when it is safe. Good news, class ticket value never expires!
- ● CAN MY FRIEND COME TO JUST WATCH?
We book all classes as private ( singles or groups) so unless they’re going to participate, we would prefer no extra observers. We understand there are special circumstances so if you call or text ahead to notify us, we may be willing make exceptions.(216) 246-4716
- ● WHERE TO PARK?
Good news, parking on Larchmere Blvd is free! You can also park on side streets or in the public lots nearby. Please do NOT block or park in our neighbor’s driveways.
- ● REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY*
If you need to Cancel or Reschedule PLEASE give us 48hrs notice*.
This gives us the opportunity to try to fill the time slot. We do not offer refunds, but class ticket value never expires so you can use the value for any class at a later date!
*Cancelations without 48 hr notice are considered No-call/No-show and result in loss of credit.-Lighting up and running the equipment is expensive and must be done early so it’s hot enough for you!
All Classes are private to ensure safe distancing, so we can’t make up for cancellations with walk in business like we used to.
*ONLY the owner has the right to be flexible on this. – We’d rather be safe than sorry so if you learn you’ve been exposed to Covid-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms, please call us asap (216) 246-4716 and we’ll work with you.
- ● WHICH CLASS TICKET SHOULD I BUY/ DOES MY WHOLE GROUP HAVE TO MATCH?
We offer a variety of classes in both glassblowing and blacksmithing. Technically, you could take the “same class” half a dozen times or more and always make something different!
We separate the class tickets based on similar techniques and complexity for pricing sake because some take more time and material than others. However, If people in your group want to make different types of pieces, ie: one wants to make a flower, and another person wants to make a witch’s ball, the classes themselves are pretty similar and can be done within the same time-slot.
- ● DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE WHAT TO MAKE NOW; or; WHAT IF IT’S A GIFT AND I DON’T WANT TO CHOOSE FOR THEM?
Well, sort-of; different types of pieces have different prices due to complexity and materials.
But we’re happy to let you change your mind! If you get here and see an example of something you’d like to make more than what you were originally planning; or if the class was a gift and they guessed; we’ll happily take payment in person for the price difference on upgrading.
- ● I WANT TO BUY A GIFT CERTIFICATE DO YOU HAVE ONE THAT MATCHES CLASS VALUES?
Class tickets are issued in the form of gift certificates and the monetary value Never Expires!
Class tickets are issued via email and can be printed out or emailed it to recipients.
If you accidentally bought a Cleveland Trade Works Gift certificate when you wanted a Class ticket, just use it to buy the class ticket on the website. Good news here, your leftover CTW credit is good for anything on the site, whereas class tickets ONLY apply toward Larchmere Fire Works classes.
- ● CAN WE HAVE A GROUP COMING FOR A BIRTHDAY, CAN WE BRING SNACKS?
Yes, we can work with you on this! Let us know ahead of time and we can schedule your group as the last class of the day and we will even provide dishes and silverware for you. Bring whatever food and drinks you like, or order snacks from Cleveland Trade Works and we’ll have them waiting for you! We ask that everyone wear masks unless sitting to eat and drink. Every guest must purchase a ticket. Group size is limited and up to the owner’s discretion.
- ● COVID-19 RELATED FAQ:
- ● MASKS:
Masks are Required inside the studio. No Exceptions.
We do have a good sized yard and we’re happy to provide an outdoor seating area where you can sit and have snacks or drinks- for this we follow the restaurant policy of wearing masks unless seated to eat.
● If you forget to bring a mask, no problem; We offer comfy copper infused cotton masks, screen-printed with our logo for $5 or we can provide a disposable one.
● What if we’re making a blown piece?
We have detachable mouthpieces for our blowpipes which we soak in isopropyl alcohol until it’s time to use them. Students will move mask aside to blow, and replace the mask immediately after. Studio is open air and very warm and dry so the risk is minimal as long as everyone is masked the rest of the time.