Glass is about light—light striking the surface—its reflection, its absorption, its transmission. In the Glass Arts Studio a simple mixture of silicates becomes art. In a kiln, it can be fused or cast into a mold. It can be torch flame working to create beads or sculpture. Set into a lead frame, it is called stained glass and, arranged and grouted, it is a mosaic. It can be cold worked with grinders, saws, sanders, and drills to create a stunning desired effect.
To form their visions, studio members have access to a variety of equipment, including dedicated fusing kilns, bead kilns, a vitrograph kiln, a Fordom flexible shaft, ring saw, grinders, a 14” wet saw and a belt sander. Soon to come: Bead/sculptural torches, lap grinder. And in the new year we will add more highly skilled teachers ready to show you how to use all of it. To find out about upcoming classes, check the Glass Arts Studio Calendar.
Monitored Open Studio
BARN members have unlimited use of Monitored Open Studio provided they have been authorized by the Glass Arts Studio. Non-members have limited paid access, again with Glass Arts Studio authorization through class work. Studio use is limited to the specific areas and equipment to which the BARN member or non-member has been authorized to access.
A monitor is present to answer questions. If your work needs to be fired in the kiln, fill out the proper paperwork and discuss the firing with the monitor. Leave your work on the shelf.
- Toolboxes are available for your use
- Always clean your work space and return all tools and supplies to their proper location
- The grinder and ring saw are available for use. Please dispose of the waste appropriately. See the Glass Arts Studio Safety Procedures
Open Access Everyday
8:00 am – 10:00 pm
BARN members may use the Glass Arts Studio during Open Access hours provided they have been authorized by the Glass Arts Studio and provided a class or other activity is not in session. Studio use is limited to the specific areas and equipment to which the BARN member has been authorized to access.
- If your work needs to be fired in the kiln, fill out the proper paperwork . Leave your work on the shelf.
- Toolboxes are available for your use.
- Always clean your work space and return all tools and supplies to the proper location.
- The grinder and ring saw are available for use. Please dispose of the waste appropriately. See the Glass Arts Studio Safety Procedures.
Never mix glasses of different COE’s!
Coefficient Of Expansion = COE
BARN Fusing Studio
System 104 COE
Borosilicate/Pyrex System 33 COE
Glass Arts Studio Steering Committee
Jenn Recker and Nancy Adams, Glass Leads
Donna Rulien and Jackie Bailey, Treasurers
Anne Miller, Special Events
Lisa Lund, Monitor Manager
Contact the Glass Arts Studio.
Glass Arts Studio Phone: 206-842-4475, ext. 212
Reserve a Kiln (accessible only to members approved for independent kiln use)