[PA-NJ Glassblowers] East Falls Glassworks Winter Update

Jon Goldberg jon at eastfallsglass.com
Sun Nov 18 22:07:55 EST 2007

East Falls Glassworks
3510 Scotts Lane
Philadelphia, Pa. 19129
(215) 908-7924

2007 Winter Update
Season's Greetings from East Falls Glassworks. Although the 
weather is getting colder outside, its pleasantly warm in front of
a 2100 degree furnace. We are getting ready to enter our third
year, and this Thanksgiving, we are giving thanks to the 
Philadelphia glass community for their continued support and 

Changes at East Falls Glassworks
Change has been brewing at East Falls Glassworks. One of the 
founders of East Falls Glassworks, Owen Pach, is stepping down 
from managing the studio to focus on his work. We thank Owen for 
all his contributions and hard work, bringing the studio from an 
empty space to its current standing. Owen will remain involved 
with the studio, teaching some classes, private lessons and 
providing invaluable assistance as its needed.

Stepping up to take over the responsibility of managing the studio
are the team of George-Ann Greth and Phil Vinson. Many of you in
the glassblowing community already know George and Phil; they are
both full-time artists with a broad set of skills to bring to the

George and Phil are assisted in the task of running the studio by
a talented group of artists. Those who have not been at East Falls
Glassworks in a while may not recognize all the new faces. Kris,
Diana, Penny and Wills are the new crew, and I am excited about
the new possibilities that having such an excited, dedicated and
talented group of folks will bring to bear.

We are working on a new section of the website that will feature 
information about and pictures of some of the work created by the
people who help keep the studio running. I'll send out an update
once this is complete.

December 8th Open House and Holiday Sale # house and holiday sale.
Holiday Sale:
The East Falls Glassworks crew is hard at work creating new 
ornaments, and beautiful gifts for the season. There will be 
special markdowns for the season, it is a great opportunity to 
pick up a unique hand-made gift for someone special.
# Glassblowing Demonstrations: While you are here for the holiday 
sale, watch the glassblowing demonstrations by the East Falls 
Glassworks artists as well as other members of the Philadelphia 
glassblowing community.
# Open Studios: We are a part of a larger community of artists at
Sherman Mills. Many artists in the complex will be opening their
studios to the public on December 8th. It is a great opportunity 
to meet very talented artists and craftspeople in their 
# Seconds Sale: A table will be set up with lots of East Falls 
Glassworks glass art from the first two years at 'bargain 
basement' prices. These are one-of-a-kinds and items with small 
flaw. As the clearance furniture guy says: "Everything must go, no
reasonable offer refused!!!"

Class Update
Classes through March have been posted on the website. By popular
request, we have added more advanced offerings. Following are some
# 8 Week Intensive Sculpture Class (Saturday Afternoon): This 
intensive 4 hour/week class is co-taught by Chris Lydon and Brian
Regan, two glass masters who will show (and teach) the class how
to make almost any form out of glass. This class takes full 
advantage of the extensive facilities that East Falls Glassworks
provides, including all three benches, the garage, bench torches,
cold working facilities and multiple pick-up ovens. This class is
recommended for intermediate and advanced students. This class
starts December 15th.
# 4 Week Intro I (Thursday Evening): If you'd like to try working
with hot glass for the first time or would like a refresher 
course, this is the class for you. We start with an introduction
to glassblowing tools and equipment as well as basic techniques. 
Every week, a different form will be taught. Lots of exercises and
hands-on time is provided to build a solid foundation of glass
blowing skills. Class starts on December 6th.
# 4 Week Intro II (Saturday Morning): For students who are
comfortable with the material covered in the Intro I class, this 4
week class is the next step. This class will be taught by Jon 
Goldberg and starts December 8th.

UArts Classes
East Falls Glassworks is proud to host continuing education,
glassblowing courses offered by The University of the Arts. These
hosted offerings are six week courses, taught in the evening from
6:30 to 9:30. There are two classes on the schedule for the
# Glassblowing Basics: Starts Jan 16th.
# Glassblowing Guided Studio: Starts March 5th.
You can get complete information about these classes and others 
offered by UArts at the University of the Arts Continuing
Education web site.

Show Update
On April 10-13th, an East Falls Glassworks artist, Jon Goldberg,
will be participating in the 26th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. 
If any of you will be in the DC area on those dates, make sure you
stop by and visit Jon. You can check out Jon's online portfolio to
see some of the work that will be on display at the show.

Bad News
We saved the bad news for last. Due to ever increasing raw
material prices and utility costs, we are forced to raise our
rental rates. This is the first increase since we opened. 
Effective Jan 1st, here are our new rental rates:
# Small Glory Hole:$35/hour
# Medium Glory Hole:$40/hour
# Large Glory Hole:$55/hour
See the rental information page for more details. We do have some
new equipment available for rental, including a fairly large
sandblaster and a slumping/fusing oven. Let us know if we can help
you finish that special project.

We Need Your Help - Spread the Word
East Falls Glassworks depends on referrals for most of our
business. Tell your friends about us; link to us from your 
website. Spread the word!

Thanks, we look forward to seeing you this winter and in the new 
 -  The East Falls Glassworks Crew 

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