Drayton Glassworks

Biking home with a fresh loaf of bread from the Back in the Day Bakery, we passed a tiny shop in which someone was at work blowing glass. Curiosity stoked, we returned to the Drayton Glassworks a couple days later to meet Jonathan Poirier, a Rhode Island native who spent years in Sweden learning the art of glass blowing.

While heating, blowing, spinning and shaping colored glass into the form of bottles, Jon told us about his life and the shop. He’s been in Savannah since 2001, building a reputation as one of the best glass blowers in the country. Despite industrialization having long-ago made glass-crafting largely obsolete, Jon has been able to find plenty of customers looking for unique, hand-made pieces.

I was amazed that he could continue to work, not missing a stride, while carrying on a conversation with us. This is clearly something he’s been doing for a long while, and he’s able to perform the spinning, shaping and blowing almost on automatic. To us, these tasks looked insanely complicated, and I almost had a heart attack a couple times as he swung around a nearly-completed vase, without paying any attention to it.

When we returned to Savannah five years later, we checked in on Jon and his business. Nothing had changed; Jon was still the same friendly, funny guy, and it was great to catch up. One new thing he’s added to Drayton Glassworks is the opportunity for people to participate in workshops and create their own piece of glass-blown art. Check out his Facebook page, if you’re interested.

And definitely make sure to stop by his shop, to check out the pieces he’s made, and perhaps have a chance to see how it’s done. It’s really more a workshop than a store, and he’s always busy creating something new.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Leah

    Your photos are gorgeous!! I love that they are mostly not of our usual touristy spots in Savannah. Thanks so much for the tip on the glass blower. I had never heard and would love to check it out! Hope that you all are having a FABULOUS time in our beautiful city!

  2. Tracy Haynes

    Yeah- the photos are fantastic ! And his work of course is terrific, too..

  3. Carol Barnard

    I discovered Drayton Gladd shortly after moving here 12 years ago.   My father was a glass blower so I love everything glass.  I have purchased many gifts from Jonathan.   I have a vase that his past partner made that is extremely unusual and I receive compliments on it every time I entertain.

  4. Jane mahoney

    Great experience at their shop!!!! I had a whiskey glass that belonged to my late father, sadly it was accidentally chipped!!!!! I took it to these guys and they fixed it for me right there and then…. What service!!!! I will be sure to recommend them to my friends, also the glass work on display was beautiful ….. Oh and thanks for the sip of bourbon chaps :))))))

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