What Kind Of Studio Is It?
I'm glad you asked! There are many types of glass working techniques out there in the world. Some are done hot, while the glass is molten. Others are done cold with saws and grinders and polishing compounds and chemical bonding (glue is a bad word in my studio). I use a variety of hot and cold techniques, but I predominately work on a torch using one of the oldest of hot glass working techniques, Lampworking. It goes by a number of other names, and I prefer Flameworking or Torchworking. Either way, the glass is sculpted and blown using the flame of a torch.
I use mostly borosilicate glass in my work, this is similar to what we know as Pyrex glass. This glass becomes molten at over 2500 degrees. Often times I must use other types of glass or materials to accomplish the goals of a project.
In my studio I will have a space for myself to work, in addition to room for 9 others. We plan to have a full curriculum of classes from beginner to advanced techniques, that will be offered on a weekly basis. We would like to spotlight other local glass artists by having them teach workshops, and show their work. We will also offer rentals of "bench space" for people to practice and experiment on their own, or for the visiting artist to use short term. We plan to bring in some of the country's best Flameworked glass artists to teach in the studio and show their work in the gallery. Who know what kind of creative ideas might come of this???