What is Moana Glass?
Created from the inspiration of Maui’s immense beauty, Moana Glass is Ryan Staub’s outlet for sharing his love of glass and Glass Art with the world. Staub draws on his 21 years of glassblowing as well as his vast experience traveling and learning from the best Glassblowing Masters in the world to share the beauty of the Hawaiian islands with you. From masterfully made artwork to Private Lessons where you can make your perfect Maui souvenir, you are sure to love your experience at Moana Glass.
Where is pricing information?
Pricing for lessons is in the Lessons Page. Pricing is by the piece.
Pricing for artwork is in the Online Gallery Page. Pieces with prices listed are for sale in the online gallery. Call for pricing of other items.
Do you stock all designs?
All artwork is one of a kind, and while we usually have something available in every series, the availability of artwork varies. If it is for sale in the Online Gallery, we have it available for you. Please call if there are any questions about a specific piece.
What times & days are your classes?
Classes are by appointment, 9-5, Tuesday through Saturday.
When should I arrive for the lesson?
20 minutes before your scheduled lesson.
When can I pick up my piece?
Lesson pieces have to cool down slowly overnight. They are usually ready by 3 pm the following day. If we are closed the following day, then the piece will be ready the morning of the next day we open.
Are there advanced levels for glass blowing?
We are constantly developing new lesson pieces, so you can come back again and again and still have new, fun pieces to make.
Can I make a Wave, Whale Tail, Turtle or Whale?
Our lessons set you up for success, and as such, we do not offer these items as lesson pieces. Any of these, plus other items for sale in the gallery, require years of dedication and professional experience to be able to make. The pieces we offer are ones we know that we can pull off every time with first-time beginners. If you want a very island-themed sculpture, the Fish Sculpture is a great option.
How long do the lessons take?
We book a half-hour per piece, up to three pieces. Since orientation happens simultaneously, we can go a little quicker for 4 pieces or more.
How many people can work on one piece?
One piece per person is ideal because each person gets the most experience and individual attention from the instructor. You can, however, work on one piece as a team of two and still have fun. In some cases, we have done lessons with three people working on one piece, but it is not recommended since each person does not get much time with the material.
Can I make my own piece?
One piece per person bookings are also ideal because everyone gets their own piece to keep.
How old is the minimum age for glassblowing lessons?
We work with kids 5 years old and up. We tailor the experience to every person/group, however. For younger kids, we make it a little less hands-on to ensure their safety.
“That fish looks really hard. Are you sure I can make that?”
Our lessons are one-on-one with you and a seasoned professional. Your success is guaranteed! We will help you every step of the way and make sure your piece comes out GREAT!
Do you make custom art pieces, lighting, or glass sinks to order?
Yes, we do! Ryan Staub has been making custom lighting, glass sinks, and artwork for his whole career. If you have an idea of something you’d like made in glass, please contact us, and we will be happy to help!
Are Glass Sinks really tough enough to use?
Ryan Staub has been making Glass Sinks for over 15 years. No one has ever broken one. Normal use in a bathroom is fine for a glass sink. The sensitive parts, the bottom, and the lip, are usually the thickest part of the piece.
How long does it take to make a piece?
That varies a lot depending on the complexity of the piece and on who is making it. Glassblowing is extremely difficult to master, and even professionals with over 20 years of experience are constantly learning new things about the material. The longer someone blows glass, the more efficiently they can make their designs, but that efficiency comes at the expense of years of dedication. Many of Ryan Staub’s pieces comprise pre-made parts that take weeks, or sometimes longer, to prepare.
Do you host events or demonstrations?
Yes. We typically do a free demo one night in the week; please check our operating hours for which day. We also host glass blowing parties and private group events by appointment.
NOTE: Events and demos are currently discontinued until further notice.
Are these classes safe during the pandemic?
Yes. We keep things very clean and safe for our guests. These are private lessons, so itʻs only your group and the instructor who will be interacting with you. Each station is far apart, and at this time, we are only running one station at a time. Each guest must fill in the waiver before participating, indicating they meet strict criteria.
How does the instructor “blow” glass while wearing a mask?
We utilize mechanical blowing for safety so that no one’s mouth touches the pipe!