Maryland

Brooks Barrel Company

Cambridge, MD

Lattitude/Longitude
38.5631744, -76.0788292

The company handcrafts wood barrels, baskets and planters using equipment from the early 1900s. The tour includes a visit to the sawmill and a hoop-cutting demonstration.

Glen Echo Art Glass Consortium

Glen Echo, MD

Lattitude/Longitude
38.969101, -77.140158

Here visitors can watch two types of glass fabrication, kiln formed and glass blowing.

Kiln Formed Glass
The Glen Echo Art Glass Consortium is a resource center for kilnformed glass that serves the entire Washington metropolitan area. The Consortium is directed by four studio glass artists-in-residence, (Bobbi Vischi, Zayde Sleph, Christine Hekimian, and Diane Cabe) who are committed to both teaching and creating. These artists, plus eight other professional glass artists, offer a variety of classes in kilnforming, kiln casting, the roll-up technique, pate de verre, Venetian glass bead making, flameworking, color and design, painting and silk-screening on glass, stained glass, and architectural installations. Consortium members exhibit their works both locally and nationally, and have received awards for excellence in their art. The Consortium's Arcade Glass Studio and Gallery are open to the public Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For further information email BBVischi@comcast.net.

Blown Glass
Glassworks at Glen Echo Park is the D.C. area's first glass school. Classes are taught each quarter for novice and advanced students. When classes are not in session, the studio is open for visitors to observe glassblowing and view the work of resident artists Rick Sherbert and Ben Boynton. Please call for our open studio schedule as it changes weekly.
Phone 301.229.4184 www.ricksherbertglass.com

Salisbury Pewter

Easton, MD

Lattitude/Longitude
38.410523, -75.567261

We are a company of proud and dedicated artisans who recognize the importance of preserving our heritage while enhancing the legacy of our traditional and beaded products.

Salisbury Pewter is produced to the highest quality standards. Our various collections have been designed to capture the spirit of American life. Developing and refining new products is a continuous process.

As a company, we strive for complete customer satisfaction. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our product, please let us know. We will gladly provide a refund or a replacement. This is our guarantee to you of our commitment to your complete satisfaction.

Our store has a clear partition that guest can view the pewter being made.

Simon Pearce (Mountian Lake Park, MD)

Mountian Lake Park, MD

Lattitude/Longitude
39.406185, -79.362679

Visitors are welcome to observe the Simon Pearce glassblowers at work.

Glass has been made over four thousand years, beginning in Western Asia. The first items made of glass were small objects such as beads. These early glass objects were made by using molds.

Glass vessels began to appear in the late 15th and 16th centuries B.C. Glassblowing evolved much later, during the 1st century B.C. in the Roman Empire. By blowing glass, craftsmen could produce vessels in a wider variety of shapes and sizes previously only possible in pottery and metal.

SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier

Gaithersburg, MD

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SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier is a premium chocolate manufacturer in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  We manufacture single-estate premium chocolates from our own cacao beans grown on our farms in the Dominican Republic.  We import our cacao beans and roast, winnow and grind our chocolates and then turn them into decadent pieces of exquisite truffles, bonbons and bars.

Come visit The Truffle Factory and take a FREE factory tour and learn about the origin of cacao trees, how they are harvested, fermented, dried and then subsequently turned into premium single-estate chocolate.  From
soil to chocolate, SPAGnVOLA is the ONLY premium chocolate manufacturer in Maryland, D.C. and VA.  We hope you will visit soon.