Our programs create opportunities through advancing glass art education.
Glass Axis offers a comprehensive glass art making curriculum designed for first-timers and professional artists alike. We teach a range of courses in glass blowing, torch-working, mosaic, stained glass, fusing, casting, and neon. Each area has courses that meet our students at their stage of development. Those who are new to working in glass will find this art form captivating, magical, confidence building, and just plain fun, while experienced artists and craftspeople will find endless ways to improve their practice through our educational programs.
We teach more than 130 courses annually, reaching thousands of people in Ohio and beyond. Our artists teach our courses, fueling the creativity found in central Ohio and bringing the public and artists together in a way that builds sustainable cultural equity. We attempt to keep our course tuition low, offering classes as low as $15 and scholarships for those in need when possible.
Glass Axis also offers group, team, and private classes on a by request basis. By making our classes available to fit the schedules of the individual or group, we are able to reach a much wider audience and expose a larger population to glass visual art.
Highlights of the upcoming year, include our monthly schedule of first and second experience courses as well seasonal offerings for fall, the holidays, valentines, and St. Patrick’s Day. We offer “date” nights and children’s programming to attract a diverse audience and increase our community.
We offer visiting artists and opportunity to teach intensive workshops through the summer. These enable regional artists to stay in the region and acquire new skills or further refine existing skills. In some cases, this also results in assistant instructor opportunities. In the upcoming year, we have artists who have taught at other well known art schools such as Penland School of Crafts, Corning Museum of Glass, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. See our summer workshops.
Glass Art Facilities
Glass Axis supports exemplary artistic practice by providing artists, at all stages of development, with the necessary tools to create innovative works and engage the community. First and foremost, our organization provides affordable access to shared equipment that is otherwise out of the question for many artists working in glass, as glass art production requires expensive tools, consistent skilled maintenance, costly utilities, and ample space. We provide a 17-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, comprehensive glass studio that includes a hot-shop, fully equipped neon shop, lampworking studio, stained and mosaic glass lab, fusing and kiln-forming lab, and metal working and welding workshop. Also, we offer private studios and open storage options, permitting artists to work on long-term, large, and collaborative projects. Learn more about our facilities.
Kennedy Galleries at Glass Axis
Kennedy Galleries at Glass Axis provides exhibition, retail, education, and art activities to the general public and member artists. Kennedy Galleries boasts a gift shop showcasing developed and advanced member work in a retail environment, a curatorial gallery that brings contemporary and culturally significant fine art to the public, and a Donor Wall to highlight donor contributions and achievements. Kennedy Galleries provides significant income to artists, while educating and inspiring the public with beautiful, at times challenging, artwork and hands-on activities.
We anticipate curating six exhibitions each year. Review our exhibitions.
Free Artist Demonstrations
Each month, Glass Axis presents free glass art making demonstrations that are open to all. These demonstrations showcase regional artists as they make their personal best. See the step-by-step process it takes to create artwork and get a chance to ask questions during this in-depth look at glass and the finesse it takes to create. These events coincide with Franklinton Fridays in an effort to spur interest in the East Franklinton community.
We may make an exception on the timing of the demonstration to accommodate artist schedules. In these rare situations, we will advertise through our web site, social media, and other means as appropriate.
Glass Axis accepts custom commission work. These are glass works of art specifically designed and produced for a specific customer. We subsequently contract with one of our members to complete the artwork. Learn more about commissioning a piece of art.
When funded, Glass Axis provides opportunities to work as a resident artist in the studio producing a unique body of work. In addition, depending on the artist skill set they will either work as instructors, create production art, or both. These residencies will typically culminate with a short gallery exhibition, demonstration, or artist talk.
We restore damaged glass art. Glass Axis is fortunate to have several artist members who are practiced at restoring damaged pieces. We coordinate the repair with the artist most appropriate for the type of damage. This benefits the artist and enables the public to recover a beloved piece of art. Learn more about restoring damaged art.
Glass Axis participates in local art fairs in the community. We typically set up a flame-working station and offer discounted make-a-bead classes. In some cases, we also set up displays of glass art for sale as well as promote the programs that we offer at our primary location.
Artist Funding and Development
When possible, we offer artists a variety of educational, professional development, and income-producing opportunities, keeping artists funded and in the studio. Through our programs, we offer hundreds of paid teaching opportunities for both professional and emerging artists. We also boast a work credit program that allows artists to earn studio credit while developing professionally and contributing to the sustainability of our organization; these opportunities range from art production to marketing, and from facility maintenance to program planning. Our art commission program links artists to the general public for custom work and repairs. Finally, we provide continued learning through board service and advanced learning opportunities with visiting artists.