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Glass Arts FAQ & Resources

Glass Arts FAQ & Resources2024-01-12T16:47:34-08:00


How do I get started in the Glass Arts Studio?2023-03-04T16:36:32-08:00

Curious about working with glass?

Sign up for a Try It class! It’s a great way to find out if you enjoy working with glass and walk away with a fun project.

New to glass and looking to gain skills?

Sign up for a free Studio Orientation! We also recommend registering for an A to Z or Try It! classes to get started.

Already working with glass?

If you are experienced with glass, sign up for a free Studio Orientation to learn about studio practices and policies.

How do I get Open Studio Access in the Glass Arts Studio?2023-06-19T14:09:02-07:00

The Glass Studio is available for members and non-members to use during Open Studio times. To gain access to Open Studios, first register for a free Glass Studio Orientation.

Once you qualify for Open Studio, register for the studio session you’d like to attend through the Glass Calendar on the BARN website.

I’m a BARN member. How do I get fob access to the Glass Studio?2023-06-15T22:01:49-07:00

Fob access is not required to attend an open studio. A monitor will either let you in or the door will be open.

Fob access is currently limited to the Steering Committee and Glass Studio volunteers.

When are open studio times (in general)?2023-03-15T13:25:59-07:00

The Glass Studio currently has open studios on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. There also is one evening open studio on Wednesdays. Open studios may not be available on any given day if a class is scheduled or a monitor is unavailable. It is always best to check the studio calendar.

Are there any safety requirements in the studio?2023-03-15T13:23:47-07:00
  • General: Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required in the Glass Studio at all times. Long hair should be tied back.
  • Soldering and Torchwork: Additional fans/ventilation are required.
  • Wet Room – Large Equipment: A second person must be present in the studio.
Can I check out equipment and use it at home or off-site?2023-03-15T13:23:01-07:00

Typically, no. Open studios are busy, so tools and equipment need to be available for use during those times.

Can I use torches during Glass open studio times?2023-06-03T15:11:39-07:00

Those who have completed a Glass Studio Orientation and passed our torch safety and use evaluation may use the torches during open studios that are listed as available for torchwork. Not all monitors are trained in torch set up and safety. Please check the open studio listing.

I am interested in volunteering in the Glass Arts Studio. How do I get involved?2023-03-04T16:40:31-08:00

The Glass Studio is always looking for volunteers to keep the studio running. Talk to a monitor or Steering Committee member about what might interest you.

How do I reserve a kiln?2023-07-21T17:31:56-07:00

BARN members that are Certified Glass Studio Kiln Monitors or have been otherwise approved by the studio may reserve glass kilns.


  • Paragon Pearl 4426, 42″ wide x 24″ long x 13″ deep
  • Paragon GL24, 24″ wide x 22.5″ long x 15″ deep
  • Paragon CS-26, 26″ wide x 26″ long x 13.5″ deep
  • 2x Paragon Bluebird XL, 20″ wide x 8″ long x 4.5″ deep
  • 2x Paragon Caldera vitrigraphs
  • 8x Bethlehem Alpha oxygen/propane torches
  • 2x Bethlehem Bravo oxygen/propane torches
  • Husqvarna 14″ masonry saw
  • HIS Glassworks 4″ x 106″ wet belt sander
  • Covington Engineering 24″ lap grinder
  • 2x Inland grinders
  • 2x Taurus ring saws
  • 100+ Slumping molds
  • Ventilated 10-bench central work table
  • Cutting table & mats, beetle cutters, Delphi strip cutter, circle cutters, hand cutters
  • Large selection of hand and tools and safety equipment
Open kiln with completed glass plates
Stained glass project in process


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