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Molten glass can be tamed with the right space, equipment, & guidance. Abby is building a glass center where anyone can learn how!
Molten glass can be tamed with the right space, equipment, & guidance. Abby is building a glass center where anyone can learn how!
179 backers pledged $35,301 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!! Thank you to our amazing backers for helping us fund this campaign!!

Still want to get your hands on some juicy glass art? Visit our online gallery now and:

 

Because of your generosity we now have the funds to start looking for a site and buying materials! Thank you for believing is us and helping make the Bloomington Creative Glass Center a reality.

Want to know more about the glass arts in southern Indiana and how YOU can get involved? Check out our website for information on:

  • Classes
  • Exhibitions
  • Hosting your event
  • The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
  • And more…

THANK YOU!!!

the BCGC crew loving it on a hot day of blowing glass!
the BCGC crew loving it on a hot day of blowing glass!

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The glass is so pretty I had to put the pictures first! Scroll down to get to my story.

Initial Offerings
Initial Offerings

 

SO pretty!
SO pretty!

 

For the holidays!
For the holidays!

 

A Kickstarter Exclusive!
A Kickstarter Exclusive!

 

Functional and beautiful
Functional and beautiful

 

Drink Creatively
Drink Creatively

 

Our Famous Pumpkins!
Our Famous Pumpkins!

 

Jack-O-Lantern by Tomas Gregg ($200) Very Limited!
Jack-O-Lantern by Tomas Gregg ($200) Very Limited!

 

Mix and Match, see the different options in Rewards
Mix and Match, see the different options in Rewards

 

Glass-blowing is hot!

Literally, molten glass is as hot as lava. But don’t let that worry you…

ball of glass "lava"
ball of glass "lava"

My name is Abby Gitlitz. I am a longtime glass blower and I have a dream to build a safe, accessible, and educational glass-blowing studio for students of all ages in Bloomington, IN. I want to create a space where anyone can learn the unique and exciting art of glass blowing. 

To make this dream a reality I established the Bloomington Creative Glass Center, a nonprofit devoted to glass arts education. We have trained over a hundred students in the art of glass blowing, but we have to travel to a studio 70 miles away, and that limits us.

Team work
Team work

TEACHING THE ART

We learn as kids that broken glass (and anything hot) is ‘off limits’ and dangerous; but learning to work with hot glass is not as risky as it seems. It just takes the right:

  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Instruction
  • Space (for glass blowing we call it a 'hot-shop')

Glass blowing is both science and art: a dazzling choreography of daredevil teamwork. Transforming a molten piece of glass as desired, adding luminous colors, and seeing it solidify as it cools is something magical. While mastering the art takes lots of discipline, learning glass blowing is something that everyone can do!

Pulling flowers
Pulling flowers

THE NEED

The problem is there is nowhere in Southern Indiana to make glass, so my team of dedicated volunteers and I have to drive up to Indianapolis, (over an hour away) to practice and make glass art. 

So many interested students are daunted by the travel time commitment and are unable to participate. With no local glass center, we are hamstrung in our efforts to contribute to the arts-educational opportunities in our region. 

I want to make the hot glass arts more accessible to our eager local community and to everyone in southern Indiana. To accomplish that we are building a fully functional glass arts education center in Bloomington with space for glass blowing, fusing, slumping, glass casting, and mosaic. 

Once we are open we will expand our offerings to include workshops for people ages five and up (trust me, little kids never touch the molten or sharp glass), demos for the public, and even corporate events.

Mary and Mercy make some glass
Mary and Mercy make some glass

THE GOAL

We have not been idle. Over five years, through six Great Glass Pumpkin Patches, forty library programs, five kids’ workshops, and multiple glass fusing parties, we have raised two thirds of the money we need to open our doors.

This Kickstarter campaign will provide the remaining money needed to:

  • Purchase materials to build a furnace, kiln, and other equipment
  • Modify a physical space where Bloomington Creative Glass Center can host classes and community events, and serve as a resource for others.

THE REWARDS

Now we are reaching out to you. Please help us toward our goal of building a glass education center! And how can we thank you? Read on!

Every year we host the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, the one time of the year you can get your own BCGC glass pumpkin. After selling over 900 hand-blown glass pumpkins at the 2015 Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, it’s clear that people go a little crazy for these beautiful, artistic glass pumpkins.

Pumpkin Crazed
Pumpkin Crazed

And for good reason: their color, vibrancy, and luminosity captivate anyone who sees them.

Stare into the pumpkin cosmos
Stare into the pumpkin cosmos

In the past you could view our glass pumpkins in the weeks before the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, but you could not buy a pumpkin until 10:00am on the day of the Patch (getting there early is crucial!). 

But this year that changes. For the first time ever we are making the glass pumpkins of the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch available to people before the October 15 event. Pledge to our campaign and you will get:

  • Delivery of your pumpkins via mail prior to the Patch (pick-up option also available)
  • The opportunity to pre-pick colors for your pumpkin
  • Want to try your hand at making your own glass creation? Pledge a little more and get your own private glass fusing or glass blowing experience.
  • Or your own Whimsical Monstrosity (creatures vary)
 
Whimsical Monstrocity
Whimsical Monstrocity

Visitors come from far and wide to experience the beauty, artistry, and fun that is created by BCGC. You are certainly still invited to attend this year’s Great Glass Pumpkin Patch and enjoy a nice fall day (October 15, 2016 - Save the Date!), BUT you can opt to have your artistic glass creation made and mailed directly to you right now.

Just rolling with it
Just rolling with it

THE PASSION

Everyone has a passion ready to ignite, sometimes all we need a little kindling and a spark to get us started. Support BCGC and be that spark. There are so many benefits to having a center where the community can engage in glass art. 

Nothing is more vital than creating something collaboratively and being able to share that with others. By supporting this campaign you’re providing an opportunity for more people to engage in creativity, community, and personal growth through art. 

Those who join me and BGCG will spark a fire within themselves, illuminating the possibilities in their future, providing encouragement to follow what makes them happy.

Squad
Squad

 

Risks and challenges

I have been an educator and glass-blower for 19 years, and have experience both running a glassblowing studio and building and maintaining glass blowing equipment. My team and I have a proven track record of being able to make production work, having made over 2500 glass pumpkins in the last 5 years. Currently we work out of a rented studio in Indianapolis, and that will be available for us to make the Kickstarter incentives while we construct our studio.
In terms of creating a space for the local community, the main challenges are: finding a location, complying with all state and national safety regulations, and any unexpected building expenses. Going forward once the center is open, the challenges will be to find renters and to fill our classes.
Given the number of people on our mailing lists who have expressed an interest in making glass, and the relationships we have begun to build with the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and IU, we do not anticipate attendance being an issue.

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    FANCY GLASS IMAGES WALLPAPER DOWNLOAD

    Fancy Glass Images Wallpaper Download + Big Shout-out & Thank You on Facebook & BCGC Website!

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    MAGNIFICENT MOLTEN GLASS MAGNET

    A colorful swirl of molten glass made into a fridge magnet!

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    BCGC SWAG BAG

    KEEP CALM and PUMPKIN ON T-shirt + BCGC Bumper Sticker & Fridge Magnet

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    THE PRETTIEST PAPERWEIGHT

    Bursting with intense, luminous colors! Place them in your window to make any space more lively. Or hold down some paper, too.

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    GLASS ORNAMENT

    Hand blown glass ornament in vibrant colors.

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    TINY GEM PUMPKIN

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: Nothing is more charming than one of these tiny pumpkins made by BCGC's very own Tomas Gregg! Each one is solid glass with a delicate colored stem on top. It turns out it is really hard to make something so tiny when working with our big glass blowing tools. It took Tomas many tries to perfect these gems, but he has finally worked out how to capture all the detail of a big pumpkin in miniature (the trick is tiny tools!) Tiny pumpkins are about the size of a golf ball and are the perfect little gift to let someone know that you are thinking of them.

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    SMALL GLASS PUMPKIN

    A lively and beautiful one-of-a-kind glass pumpkin (2-3 inches in diameter) like the ones we offer at the Pumpkin Patch each year! Backer gets to select from a variety of colors they wish to be included in the final piece.

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    FUSED-GLASS COASTER SET (4)

    These coasters are created by collaging smaller bits of glass onto a another rounded glass surface, which are then fused in a kiln. The results are always unique & colorful! Backer gets to select from a variety of colors they wish to be included in the final piece.

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    HAND-BLOWN TUMBLER

    A one-of-a-kind drinking glass - amaze your friends and make your neighbors jealous! This one is only for you.

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    MEDIUM GLASS PUMPKIN

    A medium version of our beautiful one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins (4-5 inches in diameter), backer selects colors.

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    THE MINI DUO - TWO (2) SMALL PUMPKINS

    TWO SMALL PUMPKINS to brighten up any space. Or keep one and give the others away! Backer gets to select from a variety of colors they wish to be included in the final piece.

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    LARGE GLASS PUMPKIN

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    TINY GEM PUMPKIN (3) PACK

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: Grab a set of 3 of these charming tiny pumpkins made by BCGC's very own Tomas Gregg! Each one is solid glass with a delicate colored stem on top. It took Tomas many tries to perfect these gems, but he has finally worked out how to capture all the detail of a big pumpkin in miniature (the trick is tiny tools!) Tiny pumpkins are about the size of a golf ball and are the perfect little gift to let someone know that you are thinking of them.

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    THE MEDIUM DUO - TWO (2) MEDIUM PUMPKINS

    TWO MEDIUM PUMPKINS to brighten up any space. Or keep one and give the others away! Backer gets to select from a variety of colors to be included in the final piece.

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    THE MINI TRIO - THREE (3) SMALL PUMPKINS

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    JACK-O-LANTERN PUMPKIN by TOMAS GREGG

    Our very own Tomas Gregg (a proud BCGC volunteer) has agreed to produce a very limited run of his experimental jack-o-lantern pumpkin for this campaign! Tomas uses stained glass tools to cut out individual shapes from pieces of sheet glass: the nose, eyes, mouth, etc. The sheet glass peices are heated up and combined with a hot cylinder of glass, producing a pumpkin with a jack-o-lanter face built right into it. His first design was very simple, but now he’s starting to experimenting with creating smiles, teeth, and different facial expressions. All the results will be different and unique. They’re challenging to make, and really cool! Last year he created one, and a very luck individual drove quite a distance to come pick it up at the Pumpkin Patch. Now available in extremely limited quantity!

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    SET OF FOUR (4) HAND-BLOWN TUMBLERS

    A set of (4) one-of-a-kind drinking glasses - all unique on their own but built as a set. Amaze your friends and make your neighbors even more jealous!

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    THE MEDIUM TRIO - THREE MEDIUM PUMPKINS

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    TINY GEM PUMPKIN (5) PACK

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: Grab a set of 5 of these charming tiny pumpkins made by BCGC's very own Tomas Gregg! Each one is solid glass with a delicate colored stem on top. It took Tomas many tries to perfect these gems, but he has finally worked out how to capture all the detail of a big pumpkin in miniature (the trick is tiny tools!) Tiny pumpkins are about the size of a golf ball and are the perfect little gift to let someone know that you are thinking of them.

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    PICK THREE- TRIO OF PUMPKINS

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    GLASS FUSING PARTY for 4 + MED. PUMPKIN

    GLASS FUSING PARTY for (4) PEOPLE + MEDIUM PUMPKIN - Abby will host a total of 4 guests for your very own glass-fusing party! This is a really fun & creative group activity that is appropriate for all ages (there is no actual hot glass during the event). All of your creations will be fused in a kiln afterwards and sent to you. Get together with some friends or family and enjoy each others company around a creative exercise. Additionally, you will receive a medium hand-made glass pumpkin, and have your name & logo placed on all BCGC promotional materials & its website as a sponsor. Locations vary.

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    GLASS BLOWING CLASS FOR 2

    Come try your hand at glass blowing! Learn how to gather molten glass, add color to it, shape it, and make a beautiful piece to take home as your own creation. Beginners will be guided by Abby's expertise and will learn how to make a paperweight and a colorful glass flower. Already know the basics of how to blow glass? Sign up for this private lesson and we will tailor it to your skill level! This is an unforgettable experience that participants leave feeling more confident, and more capable of creativity than ever before. Maybe one day you'll start making pumpkins with us, too! Classes will either be held in Indianapolis (prior to May 2017) or in Bloomington after May 2017. Your choice!

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    GLASS FUSING PARTY for 8 + MED. PUMPKIN

    GLASS FUSING PARTY for (8) PEOPLE + MEDIUM PUMPKIN - Abby will host a total of 8 guests for your very own glass-fusing party! This is a really fun & creative group activity that is appropriate for all ages (there is no actual hot glass during the event). All of your creations will be fused in a kiln afterwards and sent to you. Get together with some friends or family and enjoy each others company around a creative exercise. Additionally, you will receive a medium hand-made glass pumpkin, and have your name & logo placed on all BCGC promotional materials & its website as a sponsor. Locations vary.

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    CUSTOM MADE WHIMSICAL MONSTROSITY

    Abby will work with you to create a personalized Whimsical Monstrosity. These pieces are rarely created due to the skill & time required for creation. Let's work together to see what wild and whimsical creatures lurk in your imagination! You will also have your name & logo placed on all BCGC promotional materials & its website as a sponsor!

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    CUSTOM MADE GLASS-ART PIECE

    Do you have a special event or occasion you'd like to commemorate in glass? Or maybe you'd like to help design a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone? Perhaps a 15th wedding anniversary coming up (or that you forgot!)? Abby will work with you to develop a custom piece of glass-art that fits your needs. Art work can be blown, cast or fused. . The opportunity to guide the creation of your own piece is rare, and will result in a lasting memory and piece of art that is all your own. You will also have your name & logo placed on all BCGC promotional materials & its website as a sponsor!

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    GLASS FUSING EVENT for 25 + MED. PUMPKIN

    GLASS FUSING EVENT for (25) PEOPLE + MEDIUM PUMPKIN - Abby will host a total of 25 guests for your very own glass-fusing event! Have a corporate or community event and want to provide a great experience? This is a really fun & creative group activity that is appropriate for all ages (there is no actual hot glass during the event). All of your creations will be fused in a kiln afterwards and sent to you. Perfect for big community groups, organizations, and as a fun team-building exercise for your company! Additionally, you will receive a medium hand-made glass pumpkin, and have your name & logo placed on all BCGC promotional materials & its website as a sponsor. Locations vary.

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