Founded in 1987, ten students and graduates of The Ohio State University Glass Program came together under the name Glass Axis. The group built a portable glass blowing studio and traveled all over Central Ohio teaching glass art, with a focus on the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools Program. Five years later, the organization (by then, 20 members strong) established a more rooted glassmaking studio in what is now Columbus’ Arena District and in 2001 moved to the Grandview area of Columbus. Since then, Glass Axis has grown to over 120 members and includes amateur and professional artists. In 2014, Glass Axis made yet another move to a larger space in the East Franklinton area. This space is a comprehensive glass-making facility, encompassing molten glass, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, cold working, and torch working. The space offers first-class facilities to glass artists in all stages of development, hundreds of classes and public programs each year, exhibition and retail space, high school and college internship programs, and a work credit program to help keep artists in the studio. Glass Axis has become a civic hub for glass art creation and learning and is a place of cultural equity that continues to adapt and grow.
To learn more about Glass Axis history, we suggest Glass Axis: 25 Years of Columbus Community Art Glass. This 147 page book is the definitive story of Columbus, Ohio’s glass studio art movement. The book, chronicled by Glass Axis founder and OSU Art Professor Richard Harned, along with former and current members, looks at Glass Axis as it emerged during the growing glass movement in the 1980s, 90s and 2000’s in the United States.