Greetings and Happy New Year from the Glass Arts Studio! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. We are excited by all the interest in our studio!

Just getting started?

  • Step 1. Come to a studio orientation – these typically happen the first or 2nd Saturday of each month. (This is a free event, but you must sign up so we know who to expect).
  • Step 2. Check out the catalog and Take aintroductory class in stained glass, fused glass, lampwork (also known as flamework), or mosaics.
  • Step 3. Come to one of our many open studios to hone those new skills and get creative!
  • Step 4. Once you discover your “glass passion” take another class to learn a new technique!
  • Step 5. Keep having fun while creating beautiful works of art!

Get involved!

We welcome you to volunteer! In addition to teaching or serving as a studio monitor, there are other volunteer opportunities. Please contact me or Volunteer Coordinator Donna Rodger to learn more.

Glass Studio Social – Jan. 24

We will be holding a Glass Arts Social from 4-6 PM on  Jan. 24 in the BARN Commons. Everyone is welcome! Please come and feel free to bring a glass project for show and tell, and an appetizer if you choose.

We’re adding Studio Talks to this year’s socials to share techniques, projects, or experiences. This month, Constance Ducar will discuss combining glass with other “found” materials. The talk will start at 5 PM with a brief introduction and be followed by a short Q&A. Register for this free event at

New multigenerational classes

In response to requests to include younger folks, we are taking some of our beginner classes and offering them specifically for a child (10 and above!) with an adult companion.  Both child and adult will need to enroll in the class.  Create fun memories and a project together!  It also makes for a wonderful gift.  Our first of these Family Fun classes is Retro Wave Plate on Saturday,  March 9, from 1-3:30 PM with instructor Jackie Bailey. Thanks, Jackie!

Housekeeping REMINDERS:

1. Always follow studio protocols regarding the open studios, kiln room, and especially the wet room! If you are unsure about anything, please ASK the studio monitors.

2. Attention novice torchwork enthusiasts: For everyone’s safety, please only sign up for open studio sessions supervised by a monitor who is familiar with torchwork. Check the course description before registering to be sure torchwork is supported. These sessions are currently offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Fridays from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – Noon.

3. If you haven’t paid for your studio supplies lately, please do so. We’d like to get your check to wrap up 2023!

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions!

Cynthia Jacobs

This article was originally published in BARN’s Glass Studio Newsletter. Subscribe to receive Glass Arts news in your inbox. View all Glass Arts classes to see upcoming events.