Annual Review – 2018: Still on Fire!

Glass Axis continues to grow in our Franklinton location and continues to create opportunities through advancing glass art education. Thanks to Our Supporters for making this possible. We have been using the increased revenue to pay down debt and replace aging equipment. This year we purchased a flameworking kiln and are rebuilding a reheating chamber as well as a myriad of small improvements throughout the facility.
We had our annual Glassquerade in February featuring a Wine and Ale Trail that was very successful. We plan on doing it again in 2019.

Exhibitions to spur the imagination

Our 2018 exhibitions in the Kennedy Galleries at Glass Axis featured well-known artists from around the country as well as a special exhibition featuring art designed by children.

Classes, Equipment Rentals, and Art Sales Continue to Increase

Glass Axis operating revenue and support increased by almost 22%. While most revenue streams increased, the largest increase was in glass art sales and commissions. Our sincere thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Columbus Foundation, as well as our many other donors for their generous support.

Class Participation: 3640

  • “So much fun and the instructor, Rose, was great! We have never done anything like this before but she obviously knew what she was doing. We will definitely be back!” – Erica R.
  • “Girls weekend away and tried a glass-blowing class to make an ornament. Our instructor was awesome – personal and talented and helpful. We can’t wait to pick up our ornaments. We are hooked and will be doing more glass-blowing in the future! Thanks for a great time!!!” – Beth M,
  • “My teenage daughter, my mom and I took a stained glass class for the first time this past weekend and loved it! The instructor was helpful, knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. They were prepared with their materials as well as the instruction. Our projects turned out great. We have found a new hobby! Check out Glass Axis, it’s great”. – Brandy Y.

Our intensive workshops started with Kit Paulson, Chad Parker, and Sini Majuri and continued throughout the year with Michele Rial, Nadine Saylor, Theresa Sharp. These workshops spanned the hot shop, flame-working, and fused glass and taught participants advanced techniques in each area.

A community of creative members and volunteers

We’ve continued to grow during the last year and we still have so much more to accomplish. Membership has continued to grow steadily and equipment rentals are up by over 7%. Over 79% of current Glass Axis members identify themselves as glass artists, and nearly 65% of these rent our equipment to create their art. It has been a pleasure watching these artists create new and exciting pieces. Support from our community of volunteers has also increased with strong support of over 1000 hours of assistance.

Demonstrations designed to inspire

Glass Axis hosted demonstrations for over 800 participants including demonstrations on Franklinton Fridays. Glass Axis hosted demonstrations from visiting artists such as Alison Chism and Matt Paskiet. Daisuke Takatomi also gave a demonstration at Glass Axis, thanks to the Japanese-American Society of Central Ohio. Our largest demonstration was the trio of Nancy Callan, Dave Walters, and Rik Allen thanks to help from Tom Hawk of Hawk Galleries.

Coming Up?

The 2019 Glassquerade will feature beer tasting, custom glass creations on-the-spot, and much more. Next year’s summer workshops will feature artists from around the country. We are planning new classes and more of the most popular classes. Meanwhile, we will continue to make improvements in the facility and equipment with your support.

From our annual audit report (click here for the full audit report):

Year ending Jun 2018Year ending Jun 2017
Total Income $782,942$602,713
Program Expenses$518,523$555,875
Fundraising Expenses$ 17,632$18,429
Administrative Expenses$ 125,688$86,593
Total Expenses$661,843$660,897
Total End of Year Net Assets $380,463$356,241


For those of you who REALLY like numbers, the Glass Axis IRS Form 990 is available for your reading pleasure.

See the list of current Glass Axis Board of Trustees.