11/1/21COVID-19 Update 

Glass Axis remains open. The health and well-being of our member artists, staff, and class participants is our top priority. To make sure we do that, we have updated our policies and procedures as follows:

Those participating in classes MUST present a completed vaccination card (digital or physical) or proof of a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours at the beginning of class. Those not able to provide proof at the time of class will be asked to reschedule to a later date or receive a refund. 

All visitors, class attendees, member artists, and staff MUST wear masks while in the building. We encourage people to bring their own from home, although we will have disposable masks available. This is in accordance with the City of Columbus mask mandate.

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Hot Glass

This is where we work with glass in its hottest form: as a thick, gooey liquid. Our glass furnaces, each containing a crucible full of molten glass, are located in this intense studio. We divide our hot shop classes into "blowing" and "sculpting." In the blowing classes, you will blow air into a pipe to inflate your artwork. The sculpting classes involve making things that are solid glass. You will touch, poke, twist, and cut the glass in these classes using tools.


Blown Glass Ornament

Large Blown Glass Pumpkin

Sculpted Glass Flower

Sculpted Glass Bird

Blown Glass Tumbler

Sculpted Glass Paperweight

Sculpted Glass Small Pumpkin

Sculpted Egg Paperweight


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Torch/ flameworking

In these classes, you will make glass beads and embellishments. We Work with small, table-top mounted torches. Using small rods of glass (about the size of a pencil), you will use the torch to get the tip of your glass molten and then twirl the molten glass around a small steel rod to make your bead. You can add dots, stripes, and textures to make your bead unique. 


Make a Bead Class

Pandora-Style Bead Class

Wine Stopper

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Kiln/ Kiln Forming 

These classes involve a variety of techniques with cold sheets of fusible glass. You will use special tools to cut sheets of glass into shapes and arrange them into your custom designs. You may also use crushed glass, stringers, and powders to create unusual effects in your piece. You may combine any number of these cold glass components to create jewelry or plates, which are then heated to the desired temperatures to melt the glass together. The melting, or fusing, is permanent.


Fused Night Light

Fused Jewelry

Dazzling Dichroic Fused Jewelry

Fused Sushi Plate Date Night

Small Fused Garden Lantern


Cold Glass

This is one of the oldest ways of working with glass. In our stained glass classes, you will cut and grind pieces of cold sheet glass to fit inside a pattern. Then you'll learn the process of foiling and soldering pieces together.


In mosaic classes, you arrange small fragments of glass on a tile and then apply grout to keep all the pieces in place.


Stained Glass Flower

Stained Glass Window

Spring Themed Mosaic


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If you have already enjoyed our first and second experience classes, you may be interested in learning more. Our series classes let you dig deeper and get more hands-on experience working with glass. These classes meet over several weeks and are offered several times each year.


Hot Glass 1: Intro to Glassblowing Series

Hot Glass 2: Advance your Glassblowing Skillset

Kiln 1: Intro to Fused Glass & Slumping Series

Kiln 2: Imagery Series

Kiln 2: Casting & Kiln Forming Series

Intro to Flameworking: Torching with Borosilicate Glass

Intro to Flameworking: Torching with Soft Glass

Stained Glass 1: Intro to Stained Glass Series

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