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At the Green Energy Park, we turn trash into treasure, garbage into gas, and problems into

The GEP uses renewable energy resources as fuel for glassblowing studios, blacksmith forges, and pottery kilns. By doing so, we're able to offer artists and crafts people a chance to create jobs for themselves, which in turn brings more visitors to the area, helping everyone in our community. More about us

Interested in Taking a Class?

Check back for a 2015 calendar of classes here at GEP. Each of our artists are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Each artist has a page on this site where you will find examples of their work.

Check back often for new offerings, call the office, or join our email list (below right) to get our latest news and class schedule.

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“This is an awesome place and it was a class that brought us out here. We will definitely be returning. Thank you!”

Jackie Methven, NC

“The instructor was great and explained all the steps carefully. His enthusiasm was wonderful. Thank you!”

“A great use of natural available energy and fun at the same time”

Gerry Murdock, NC

“Thank you for all you do to help me in continuing to follow my dreams!”

“Can't wait to come back!”

Cindy Lewis, NC

“I love the classes you offer! The Green Energy Park is Awesome!”


“Great teachers!”

“The park is a needed endeavor and the class exposes the public to the 'green' concept”

“The GEP is a great asset to Jackson County”

Mary Gwen Kistler, NC

“I love what you guys are doing here and it's wonderful that you offer classes to the community as well.”

“Wish I had come here before now! ”

Robert Edwards, NC


GEP Glass Artist Presents Solo Show

Our friend and fellow glass artist John Miguel Almaguer is presenting his work in a solo show at the Black Mountain Art Center, July 24 - September 4. The gallery is open Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm; and is located at 225 West State Street in Black Mountain. Website

John has become a regular face here at the GEP, working long, hot hours both alone and with a team. John teaches our 12-hour Introduction to Hot Glass classes, along with some of our walk-in classes. He can usually be found in our hot shop every Friday. Come by and watch this talented artist create beautiful works of art.


YAF Set for September 19

Our Annual Youth Arts Festival will be September 19, 9 am - 3 pm. This free event is a celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun for the entire family! Come watch artists demonstrate glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, stained glass, printing, gem cutting, torchworking and raku kiln firing. We'll have live entertainment, food, and artists helping children create their own works of art. More info

Volunteers needed. Plan to work either 9-12 or 12-3. Free GEP t-shirt for those who work all day. Read more about volunteering

Demonstrating artists needed. No booth fee; sales possible with all day demonstrations of your craft. 9 am - 3 pm. Learn more / application

The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

MNC Energy Office Rural CenterGolden Leaf FoundationAppalachian Regional CommissionUSDA Rural DevelopementThe Conservation Fund