The Studio Glass Arts Movement renewed interest in the production of hand blown glass. After the Industrial Revolution there was little need for glass craftsmen since most glass items were made by machines. Then in the early 1960's artist like Harvey Littleton, Dominick Labino, and Dale Chihuly began using glass as a medium for artistic expression. The following is the story of a local expression of that continued movement.
Founded in 1987 by twelve graduates of The Ohio State University Glass program, Glass Axis was created as a non-profit organization to provide a facility where glass students and community members interested in glass could come together and share expenses, knowledge, resources and artistic expression through the medium of glass.
Glass Axis has gone through three major stages of growth in a short time. At its founding, Axis members built a portable glass blowing unit which was used to demonstrate glass art to the public, especially as part of the Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artist in Schools Program. Then, in 1992, Glass Axis' 20 members established a studio in what is now the Arena District in Columbus. Since this move, Axis has grown to over 220 members and is home to many amateur and professional artists. In the summer of 2001, Glass Axis made its final move to a larger, permanent space in the Grandview area of Columbus.
Glass Axis offers courses in all phases of glass art, including hot, warm and cold glass traditions & techniques. In addition to our resident artists, Axis has hosted to several Maestro-level visiting artists throughout the year, including Davide Salvadore and William Gudenrath.
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