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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?

Each of our instructors are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Check back often for new offerings, call the office, or join our email list (below right) to get our latest news. The next 6 classes are show below; visit the classes page for the full schedule.

Date(s): Oct 17, 2015
When: 10 am - 5 pm
Date(s): Oct 24, 2015
When: 10 am - 4 pm, 45 min. classes
Date(s): Oct 30, 2015
When: 4 Fridays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Date(s): Nov 07, 2015
When: 10 am - 5 pm
Date(s): Nov 14, 2015
When: 10 am - 4 pm, 45 min. classes
Date(s): Nov 21, 2015
When: 10 am - 4 pm, 30 min. classes

“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 Has Solo Show

Our friend and fellow glass artist John Miguel Almaguer presented his work this summer in a solo show at the Black Mountain Art Center.

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.


Artisans' Work on Display

Our beautiful gallery hosts exceptional works by our artists, all of which use renewable energy in their creation. Each piece is selected for its beauty and quality, and best represents the skills of each artist.

You'll find glass and metal ornamental jewelry, vases and platters, sculpture, fireplace tools, butter knives, glass ornaments, pumpkins, paperweights and more.

Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm; and other times by appointment.

The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

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