[PA-NJ Glassblowers] The New Hot Glass Studio at the Banana Factory
gaffer at glassblower.info
Tue Jun 20 21:19:37 EDT 2006
There is a new public-access hot shop scheduled to open in September in
(which for those who do not know where that is, approx 6 miles east of
I've *bolded* (below) their intention to rent.
gaffer at glassblower.info
The New Hot Glass Studio at the Banana Factory *
This fall, the exciting world of glass art is coming the Lehigh Valley,
as the Banana Factory opens the area's first hot glass studio. The
facility, which will be available to professional artists and also serve
as an educational facility for youth and adults, will add a new and
vital dimension to the Banana Factory's programs and to the overall
artistic capacity of the region.
The studio will feature a state-of-the-art furnace, gloryholes of
various sizes for reheating, annealers to gradually cool the glass,
pipes for blowing ladles for casting and pouring glass, diamond grinding
equipment and a variety of tools used to fashion and finish the glass,
both hot and at cold. In addition, educational facilities for
flameworking - involving the use of specially designed torches to
manipulate glass art and functional objects - will also be instituted.
Artistic advisor for the space is internationally-known glass artist,
sculptor and painter *Steve Tobin* <http://www.stevetobin.com>, who
first rose to prominence with his monumental "water glass" sculptures,
and the *creative director*
<http://www.bananafactory.org/06glassstudioartist.asp> is distinguished
glass artist and professor *James Harmon* <http://www.jamesharmon.com>.
Images Courtesy of James Harmon
A primary focus of the glass studio will be educating people young and
old about the art of blown glass and the glass making process. Beginning
and advanced classes for children and adults, afterschool initiatives
for area students and *programs benefiting at-risk youth*
<http://www.bananafactory.org/06glassstudioB-Smart.asp> will all be part
of the curriculum.
On the higher education level, Lehigh University's Chemical Engineering
Department has expressed an interest in the studio, and the Banana
Factory is also in discussion with other colleges that see the
opportunity to expand their visual arts education offerings.
_*When not used for classes, the studio will be rented to area artists
to produce glass art.*_
At the present time, the Lehigh Valley does not have a glass facility
available to artists, and recent survey work has shown that there will
likely be considerable demand for the space.
A final component of the glass studio will be the visiting glass artist
in residence program, attracting artists from around the nation. The
public will have excellent opportunities to meet the artists, watch them
work and experience first-hand their magnificent works of art.
Through its state of the art glass center, comprehensive educational
curriculum and unique visiting glass artist program, the Banana Factory
is hoping to share the world of glass art with people from throughout
the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
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