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May 16, 2017

 

 

How long does it take to build a studio?

 

Back in mid January of this year, we started in on the raw space of the outbuildings on our property, preparing the spaces to build  out a hot shop, cold shop, fabrication shop, flame working  studio and architectural glass studio.  Floors were poured,  2ft thick stone walls were knocked  through and internal structures erected. All of which is required  to accommodate the extensive infrastructure needed to run such a glass studio.

 

On May 8th, just four months later, we lit up the furnace to blow glass for the first time in the new studio. It was an exciting moment 

 

Now, the first of 2017  production is underway and we are starting to  fill orders taken from the January trade shows, we have just completed a small run of props, commissioned for The Frankenstein Chronicles and there is an architectural  commission on the bench about to go into fabrication.

 

It's been a busy and productive time and very rewarding to see the studios now in operation after a lot of hard work.

 

 

 

Over the months of building we received a lot of help and support  for which we were very grateful, especially during the last push to get the equipment on line. We are lucky to have such a great community of glass makers to call on providing help with a range of things such as the installation of utilities,  equipment design, problem solving  teething trouble with equipment and even doing ground works. 

 

Our special thanks goes out to Brian Kerr, John Chiles , Durk Valkema and Mark Zirpel for the invaluable help and we look forward to having you all come and visit with us sometime and blow glass in the newest glass studio on the Causeway Coast. 

 

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