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
Workshops and Classes
SAWs shop offers workshops for artists of all levels. Click "workshops" for more information about our workshops, or click here for our workshop calendar.
Festival of Fire
The Glass department offers a master glass workshop ‘Dancing with the Diva’ led by guest artist Laura Donefer September 19-22, 2019. Students will explore hand-building, color application, floor marvering, working with bits, and we might even skip into the flame shop and make parts for our blown work. This intensive workshop will include demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.
‘Dancing with the Diva’ Festival of Fire workshop was made possible thanks in part to the generous support provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) 2019 Grant Program.
The glass shop is available to rent at a daily rate. All rentals include 30 lbs. of glass, marver table, workbench and basic hand tools. 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
5 or more consecutive days: $250 per day
Small glory hole and 8 cubic feet of annealer space (no gaffer)
Half Day: $100
Full Day: $200
5 or more consecutive days: $125 per day
Large glory hole and 8 cubic feet of annealer space (no gaffer)
Half Day: $125
Full Day: $250
5 or more consecutive days: $175 per day
Cold Working Studio
$20 per hour, includes access to all cold working equipment
$25/hour for Assistance
$50/hour for Instruction
All rentals include 30 lbs. of glass. Powder frit and bar color available for an additional fee, please inquire.