• Ian Schmidt Exhibition

    August 14th, Glass Axis is proud to present the opening of “The Vessel and its Architecture”, and a talk by artist Ian Schmidt. The opening is in Glass Axis’ gallery from 5-8 pm. We hope you will come and support this fantastic Ohio artist, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.Born in 1987, the son of glass artists Jack Schmidt and Shawn Messenger, Ian Schmidt’s glass career has been fostered from a young age. Having grown up in Toledo, Ohio, home to the contemporary glass movement as well as industrial glass, both industry and art were present in his up-bringing. The experience was something that he would later draw from when beginning to pursue glass as a career. In 2006 Ian was admitted to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen, studying under Michael Rogers and Robin Cass, where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 2010.

    After university he began to work for the Corning Museum of Glass as a demonstrating glass blower. For 4 years he worked in their outreach programs, traveling from the Mediterranean sea to Sydney, Australia. Working as a privately commissioned glass artist, he has maintained a business working on creating custom designs. His work has now moved in a new direction as he begins to work on several new series of pieces based more closely on self portrait work and human form.


    Glass Axis is a non-profit glass art center dedicated to making and learning.Our new 12,700 sq. ft. art center provides artists, students, and community members the tools necessary to passionately create innovative works in glass while learning, sharing, and teaching. Member artists have access to affordable glass blowing, glass fusing, torch working, cold working, stained glass and neon facilities, plus studio, exhibition, education, outreach, and income-producing opportunities all under one roof. By linking artists to the thousands of patrons that visit the art center each year for courses, demonstrations, exhibitions, and special events, Glass Axis becomes a civic hub of art production and community participation, bolstering sustainable cultural equity throughout Ohio and beyond.

    Gallery and Office Hours
    Tuesday – Thursday: 11am to 6pm
    Friday: 11am to 7pm
    Saturday: 11am to 4pm
    Sunday and Monday: Closed
    Visit for more information or call 614-291-4250.


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