Even when you are on a beach vacation you need some time out of the sun. The Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach provides the perfect place to retreat from the beach while also enjoying some creative time with your family and friends. Their vision is to enrich the lives and experiences of residents and visitors of Orange Beach & Gulf Shores through an interactive and meaningful exposure to the craft of local and regional artists in a setting that is creative, welcoming, and inspirational.

Hot Shop

The only glass blowing studio open to the public in Alabama is located here at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. The shop teaches the community about the art of glass blowing and sculpting through private lessons, classes, and group demonstrations. Visitors can come to the Coastal Arts Center Glass Shop to watch their resident glass artists, Kerry Parks and Dan Rush, turn molten glass into gorgeous pieces of art; then create some glass art of your own!

Before you go info about the Hot Shop:

  • Closed-toe shoes are required to participate in glass blowing
  • Long pants and long sleeves are recommended but not required
  • Cotton clothing is highly recommended. No synthetic materials.
  • Shop is open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
  • An appointment is required, call 251-981-2787


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Clay Studio

I had the opportunity to paint a functional piece of pottery with Ceramics Artist Maya Blume-Cantrell. The public is invited to Make Your Own while also having the opportunity to take classes based on the schedule of activities!

Info about the Clay Studio in Orange Beach:

  • The studio is open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
  • Hand building is $50 an hour
  • Throwing on the pottery wheel is $65 an hour
  • Glaze pre-made pottery $20 and up
  • You will need to call 251-981-ARTS (2787) for reservations
















Art Gallery

A brand new art gallery was completed this year! The gallery features the work of local and regional artists in a variety of mediums including watercolorists, painters, glass artists, photographers, and more. All artwork featured is available for purchase at the gallery.










Do you enjoy adventuring outside of the normal vacation spots when traveling to the beach? I think it is wonderful that Orange Beach offers such a unique creative space that includes participation opportunities for visitors. Be sure to check out the Coastal Arts Center on your next visit to the Alabama Beaches!





Disclosure: Thank you to Gulf Shores & Orange beach Tourism for arranging this complimentary activity as part of a TBEX FAM Trip. As always, opinions here are my own. #AlBeachBreakTBEX #AlBeachBlogger