Our mission is two-fold: to provide accessible work space to Glass Artists; and to provide a multi-level experience with glass that will inspire students through classes, workshops and individual instruction. Hot glass sculpting, kiln casting and glass blowing are our primary focus. In SAW tradition, we strive for a collaborative environment with each artist, using the team-method in our versatile facility. We invite all participants to inspire each other to a positive, challenging, and rewarding experience.
The Glass Shop
The glass studio has a furnace that yields 110 lbs. of glass, a large glory hole (14”), a small glory hole (10”), two 8cf annealers, 16cf casting kiln, pipe warmer, two marver tables, and two workbenches. All kilns are powered by Digital controllers. We melt Gabbert 8C which has a COE of 91. Artists are encouraged to bring their own tools and pipes to use while in residence.
Sophietas/Puffers – bent and straight
Blocks and Paddles
Break-off table w/Oxy-Propane torch
Vacuum table for metal leaf
Generous selection of optic molds
14” wet glass saw
Small Paragon Kiln
Small Octagonal Rampmaster Kiln
Assorted diamond plate grinding pads and lap wheel
A good selection of powder frit and bar color available
The glass shop is available to rent at a daily rate. All day rentals include 30 lbs. of glass, marver table, workbench and basic hand tools. An additional warm up fee may apply. Artists interested in glass should contact the SAW office to customize their shop-rental experience and fees.
Entire Shop (no gaffer)
Half Day: $175
Full Day: $350
2-3 Days: $280 per day
1 Week (5 days): $250 per day
Entire Shop (w/gaffer)
Half Day: $235
Full Day: $470
2-3 Days: $410 per day
1 Week (5 days): $370 per day
Small glory hole and 8 cubic feet of annealer space (no gaffer)
Half Day: $100
Full Day: $200
2-3 Days: $175 per day
1 Week (5 days): $125 per day
Small glory hole and 8 cubic feet of annealer space (w/gaffer)
Half Day: $160
Full Day: $320
2-3 Days: $290 per day
1 Week (5 days): $245 per day
Large glory hole and 8 cubic feet of annealer space (no gaffer)
Half Day: $125
Full Day: $250
2-3 Days: $200 per day
1 Week (5 days): $175 per day
Large glory hole and 8 cubic feet of annealer space (w/gaffer)
Half Day: $185
Full Day: $370
2-3 Days: $320 per day
1 Week (5 days): $295 per day
Workshops and Classes
SAW offers multiple classes and workshops for artists of all levels with instruction in glass sculpting and glassblowing.
Art 101: Teen Half Day Workshops – Working with Glass
This is an introduction to what glass is and how to work with solid forms and color. Paperweights and flower forms are a great place to discover this fascinating material. Each student will make something to keep in this fun and informative class. After a brief safety talk and introduction to the tools and equipment each student will be able to work at the Gaffers bench and experiment with the glass.
Participants must have close-toed shoes or boots; cotton, or wool clothes, and hair tied back. No spandex, nylon or other flammable materials. Radiant heat can present a serious problem to these materials and cause them to melt. We will provide safety glasses.
Art 201: Teen Eight Week Weekly Workshop
Participants will be shown the team method to making a variety of work that will be approached in a way that any skill level can realize a goal, through a progressive instructive environment. As people become more involved with the glass, more possibilities arise for the group. I will provide demonstrations and will work with each person in the shop.
Glass Workshop Weekends:
Introduction to Glass, Solid Forming
This is a two-day class that will cover the basic skill set needed to work with solid forms in glass. We will explore the use of colored glass and forming shapes. Glass can be anything! From spherical forms full of color to sculptural statements, we will help you along the way to make this a memorable experience you will want to do again.
Introduction to Vessel Making
This is a two-day workshop where I teach the basic skills needed to form, blow, transfer and finish a simple form. Team work, the use of color and basic bit work will be addressed in a fun and informative way. We invite beginners, as well as people that have some experience, to work together with this fascinating material.