Aspen Hot Glass would like to offer Lampwork Glassblowing Lessons to aspiring glass artists in Corvallis Montana! Read more
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About this project
Aspen Hot Glass would like to offer Lampwork Glassblowing Lessons to aspiring glass artists in Corvallis Montana!
What’s Up?As a husband and wife team, Bill and Rae Grout have over 26 combined years as full time lampworkers in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, selling at Art Fairs, Saturday Market and online. We have been working from our new retail store located in Corvallis Montana for over two years now, and we finally have a public space to teach!
Uniquely positioned in our area as glass workers with our own retail space, Aspen Hot Glass would very much like to offer lessons to aspiring glass artists in our region. We are asked all the time if we teach and the answer has been a qualified yes. Without a full public shop space we lack the facilities to hold classes, but we do have a flameworking station at the store where we can give individual lessons. To provide the best possible instruction, we need some help.
How will you help?
We need funds to acquire books, glass stock, lampworking tools and some equipment for students to use in lessons. All of these things add up fast, but they also will last a long time and can be used by many future students. We will share our combined years of experience in not just the glass working skills, but also our product development, marketing and small business knowledge. We intend to grow our business to offer as much as possible to the glass blowing student, hobbyist and professional. This project is literally the kickstart we need to move forward!
This project will provide the students with a safe, fun and rewarding experience using state of the art tools, equipment and the supplies needed to learn everything from glassblowing basics to advanced projects. The majority of funds will provide long lasting resources for many years to come as we expand our public class and shop rental facilities. Any funds above our initial goal will be put to best possible use in the construction or purchase of additional equipment and supplies for more advanced glass-working capacity.
We have seen many glass studios come and go over the years, but we are still here! In our region right now there are very few places for people to go to buy glass working supplies or to receive instruction. As modest as our space is right now, we hope to offer as much as possible to the public and share our passion.
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