About the Studio
VisArts’ glass studios provide the space and equipment needed for glass fusing, stained glass and flameworking processes.
We also provide storage space for student work and both fused and stained glass in a variety of colors.
Our flameworking studio provides space for up to six students to work at the torch.
Equipment and Tools
- Four large work tables
- Glass Cutting Equipment
- Soldering Irons
- Lead Vise/Stretcher
- Glass Grinders
- Wet Tile Saw
- Glass Grinders
- Flat Lapidary Grinder (not available during open studio)
- Wet Band Saw (not available during open studio)
- Fusing/Slumping Kilns
- Sand Blaster
- Miscellaneous Glass Tools
- Light Table
In both glass studios, all tools are available to open studio users, but glass is reserved for current students only.
(804) 353-0094, ext. 226
This session, the following people are volunteering their time as studio monitors in the glass studio:
- Gina Aiken
- David Henderson
- Michael Martin
- Austen Peterson
Glass Studio HoursPlease note that while there are open studio hours for the glass annex, there are no open studio hours for the glass studio this session. Students enrolled in a class should check with their teachers for times they can access the glass studio outside of class time.
These hours are for the winter session, which runs from January 2 through March 18. Please note that there are no open studio hours past 5 p.m. on First Fridays. Times are subject to change.
Flameworking Studio Hours
These hours are for the winter session, which runs from January 2 through March 18. Please note that there are no open studio hours on First Fridays. Times are subject to change.
Glass Studio Rules
Closed-toed shoes are required. Please do not wear loose clothes/sleeves or dangling jewelry. Hair must be tied back. Please wear provided eye protection when cutting, grinding, polishing or soldering.
Dust mask or respirators must be worn and proper ventilation must be used when working with glass dust, casting plaster, enamels, talc, silica, kiln paper, ceramic fiber, etc. Dust masks are recommended when using the sand blaster as well.
Always use water when operating table grinders, lapidary grinder, tile saw and band saw.
Kilns are to be operated only by instructors, coordinators and monitors. This includes loading, firing and unloading.
Only use the tools designated to your specific process and return them to the correct storage area. Clean up dust with a wet sponge or vacuum. Do not sweep. Wear dust mask or respirator when vacuuming.
Flameworking Studio Rules
Always wear non-flammable clothing (no synthetics). Closed toed shoes are required and hair should be pulled back. Always wear eye protection when using the torch or looking into kilns.
You should use a dust mask or respirator when handling powdered glass, frit or enamels. Dusk masks are recommended when using the sand blaster as well.
Be sure to keep borosilicate and soft glass materials separate.
Ask a monitor or instructor to change a tank and ALWAYS leave cap on oxygen when moving a tank
Kilns are to be managed by instructors and monitors only. Be sure your finished piece is going into the correct temperature kiln. Refer to kiln etiquette rules.
When starting a torch: open the propane valve (red), light torch, then open the oxygen valve (green). When turning off a torch: close the oxygen valve (green), then close the propane valve (red).