In order to rent equipment at Glass Axis, you must:

General Membership & Eligibility

  • Be a current member: pay yearly membership fee and any previous balance due.

    • Any assistants brought in to help you in the studio need to be current members as well. 

  • Sign a waiver annually.  All members and their assistants must have a waiver on file. 

  • Be approved by Facilities Management staff to use each studio you are renting from.

  • Use appropriate safety glasses, gloves, hoods, etc., at all times. 

  • Pick up all personal work within one week of rental time. Work left on shelves longer than that may be moved to storage, at the expense of the maker. $30 handling fee plus $10/ month storage.  Although we do our best to handle your work carefully, Glass Axis is NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged works.

  • Glass Axis does not ship work, unless prepaid shipping costs in addition to a handling fee of $20 minimum have been pre-arranged. 

  • Glass Axis does not loan studio tools or equipment. 

    • No tools or equipment are to leave Glass Axis Property, be put in lockers or studios, no exceptions.

  • If you experience any problems with equipment, notify Facilities Management staff within 24 hours via email to sarahtodd@glassaxis.org or  rose@glassaxis.org

    •  Issues not addressed timely will not be valid disputes in regards to billing. 

  • If you schedule rental time and decide not to use it, you must cancel no later than 24 hours in advance of scheduled time that you will not be using. If you do not call 24 hours ahead of time, you will be charged an hours rent for a no show fee ( $41 for h1 &h2 $47 or h4 and $57 for h3).  If you are scheduled and don’t call and don’t show, that is time someone else cannot sign up for.

  • We suggest that you prepay for your account.  No one is permitted to work with an outstanding balance of $500 or more.  We now accept online credit card payments,  when you reserve your time. Keep in mind that paypal will not allow you to make a payment that is not a whole number. Your access card will be turned off if your account becomes 60 days past due or your balance exceeds $500.  Prepaying will avoid the hassle of having to pay each and every blow slot.

  • Do not use the studio when closed (between 12:00am and 7:00 am daily). The building alarms are enabled during these hours and they will go off if you are in the building. The member who sets off the alarm  will be responsible for police fines billed to Glass Axis. This fine is $300 each time the police are called. 

  • Follow shop etiquette:

  • No excessive noise or distractions.  Music is okay, but be considerate of others. If a  staff member or an instructor(s) teaching during your rental time asks you to turn the music down to a reasonable level please be respectful and turn down the volume and face the speakers away from the offices/ class going on. 

  • Do not go over your reservation time. If you need more time than anticipated you need to check with the Administration Manager before your booked time to see if this is okay. We need as much notice as possible that you will need additional time, please call or email ahead of your arrival to Glass Axis.

  • Follow the clean up policy that is posted in each area. (Please note this policy may change due to additional precautions put in place) If the member does not clean up properly the member will be charged a $25 fee which compensates the facilities staff that has to complete your responsibility. 

  • Return all equipment to its assigned position.

  • Do not interfere with someone else’s equipment/ set up. Be courteous of others working alongside you. 

  • Use the time you reserved:  Do not sign up for 4 hours and only use 45 minutes.  You will be charged a usage fee.

  • No drug or alcohol use in the studio during rental times, no exceptions.  

  • Glass Axis reserves the right to approve and to ban disruptive or dangerous pets. If you do bring in your pet, they may not be left at the studio if you need to run an errand. 

    • If your pet is approved to be in the studio but it makes a mess or goes to the bathroom, inside or outside, you are responsible for cleaning up after your pet. 

  • Do not enter the staff offices when there are no staff office personnel around.

  • Do not enter the gallery or gift shop when the studio is closed to the public. 

  • Clean up after yourself and leave the shop better than it was when you started.

  • NO SMOKING OR VAPING in the building. Smoking must be taken outside at a minimum of 20 feet away from the door(s). All cigarette butts must be disposed of properly, meaning not left on the ground. If butts are found on the ground outside of the studio, the members or members found to have left them will be asked to come back in and clean the area. 

  • Members may not sell classes that are not offered through Glass Axis 

    • If a member wants to teach a private class it must be set up through Glass Axis. 

  • Members are only to rent time for themselves.

    • Members are not permitted to rent equipment in any part of the studio for another member/ non-member who is not approved by the Facilities Staff to use the equipment. 

      • If there is a question of whether or not someone is approved to use Glass Axis equipment the facility staff will meet with them and go through the approval procedures.

    • Members who are found to have rented time for someone else may have their membership suspended. 


 

Rentals

Studio Space 

  • Private studios are available to rent. 

  • If a member is interested in renting a studio space, they must contact the Administration Manager and they will be put on the waitlist. 

  • Prices vary depending on the square footage of the studio. 

  • There is a separate rental agreement for studios.

Locker rentals

  • Lockers in the hot shop are available  at $100 per year for a single locker and $200 per year for a double locker. 

  • Lock and Code are provided by glass Axis.

  • Members have 3 months (90 days) to pay for the locker past their renewal date. If it is not paid members will be asked to remove their items from the locker. If the member has not responded to emails and member statements within 12 months  the contents of the members locker will be moved to back storage. The member will be charged a handling fee of $25 and a $20 per month storage fee. If the member has not contacted Glass Axis within 18 months or settled their debt, Glass Axis will take possession of the items in storage to cover the members debt. 

  • Lockers should be kept clean and free of stickers and signs on the fronts of the lockers as they are in the public view and the backdrop for classes. 

Public Shelf Rentals

  • Available at $10/month. 

  • Glass Axis is not responsible for any theft or damage of items left on the shelf. We have video cameras in the area and will do our best to ensure nothing is stolen.

  • If members are 3 months past due on paying the shelf rental, they may be asked to remove their items from the shelf depending on demand. 


 

Hot Shop Policies

 

  • To rent in the Glass Axis Hot Shop, a renter must have taken Hot Glass I and Hot Glass II classes or completed an apprenticeship with a glass blower or coursework in glass blowing AND be approved by the facilities staff in order to rent Hot shop time

    • Members may not rent during unstaffed hours for 1 year after completing Hot Glass 2

  • No fuming or similar techniques.

  • Hot shop tools are to be signed out with sign out sheet on clipboard in tool cabinet

  • Ladle casting outside of casting class requires special approval and certification.  Ladle casting prices start at $50 per day per kiln and $2 per pound of glass.

  • Guests (especially children) must sit on the bleachers and stay off the blowing pad.  Any visiting artist or other guest on the pad must have a signed waiver on file.

    • If Glass Axis is putting on a Public Demonstration members are to remain off the blowing pad unless their involvement in the demonstration has been previously arranged. 

  • Do not adjust the Furnace or Glory Holes for any reason. If you are working on something specific and need the Glory Hole adjusted Members need to  get assistance from the Facilities Staff. Adjusting the equipment without help will result in a $50 fee if the next user has problems with equipment. Adjusting the Furnace(s) will result in a $100 fine. 

  • Schedule your rental time at least 48 hours in advance on the website or with Glass Axis office staff at least 24 hours in advance.  No exceptions.  

    • Advance scheduling is necessary in order to provide sufficient glass, of the highest possible quality, to all members.  To keep rates affordable, the studio must match the frequency and cost of batch and charging with the hours that the studio is booked.  At the discretion of management, “walk-in” usage of otherwise unused, or unscheduled time may be arranged.

  • Swipe your card to start AND stop the glory hole. Usage times are automatically logged. (Time is rounded to the nearest quarter hour)

  •  H1 45 min warm up, H2  30 min warm up, H3 1 hour warm up, H4 1 hour warm up times. 

    • If Members are booked back to back it is expected that the second member will swipe their card within 20 minutes after the first member swiping off and the second member will not receive warm up time. 

  • Even if members are booked back to back, members are still expected to come in at least half an hour before their blowtime to make sure that they are set up and the glory hole is lit for the appropriate warm up time for their start time. 

  • It is expected that if members are booked for a certain time they will show up an hour before the booked time frame to set up and light the glory hole. 

    • ex: If Sarah has booked the hole from 2-4 she will come in at 1 to set up. 

  • Members are only booked for the time that they have booked online, you may not extend, change or alter this time frame without checking with the Administration Manager before your slot. 

  • There is a 2-hour minimum for glory hole usage

    • This means that if you are booked for 2 hours but don’t use the whole time, you will be billed for 2 hours. 

    • If you are booked immediately after another user there is still a 2 hour minimum. 

  • If you take a break during the time you are renting a glory hole, you are responsible for paying for that time.  A warm up time is included at no charge, however, if a glory hole is lit and left unused for a longer period, you will be charged for that time.

  • Glory holes are rented by the hour, regardless of whether you are using glass or not.  If you do not need a glory hole, you must still rent time in the shop in which you will be charged the cheapest glory hole rate per hour. Any use of Hot Shop or glass requires rental time regardless of equipment used with the exception of ladle casting. 

  • Annealer space is allotted based on how many hours you rent the glory hole:

  • 2-hour slot: 1/3 of an annealer or ½ of the bottom of annealer 2

  • 3-hour slot: 1/2 an annealer

  • If you need more annealer space, notify the Glass Axis  Facilities staff in advance of using that particular blow slot, and you will be charged for extra annealer space.  Charge will be based on the amount of additional space you request.  One half of an annealer is $25.

  • If you are using hole 3 or 4 to make larger pieces then you may use ½ of annealer 4, you must still notify the Facilities staff or you may pay for the whole annealer if available. 

  • If it appears that you have used over 10lbs of glass per rental hour, the staff will weigh the annealed glass and you will be charged $5 per pound over the limit.

  • O2 rental available at $10/hr. Hours count as the amount of time set up at your bench, regardless of use. Log hours on the provided clipboard and log sheet. Artist provides propane.

  • Members who are approved by the Glass Axis Staff to make production for Glass Axis will receive 1 hour or blow time for every 2 hours of production time. 

    • Credits can only be used on Hole 1 and 2.

    • All Production must meet the standards of Glass Axis’ production in order to receive this credit.

  • NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE HOT SHOP BEYOND THE YELLOW STRIPED LINE. 


 

Cold Shop Policies

  • Have completed cold shop “equipment check out” with Glass Axis Facilities Staff  in order to use equipment.

    • This means the staff will make sure you know how to use each piece of equipment.

  • $18/hr in 15-minute increments or unlimited usage at $65/month or $135/quarter or $420/year. 

    • If the member chooses to rent the cold shop by month, quarter or year this must be prepaid.

  • Glass Axis recommends the use of eye, hearing, and respiratory protection in the cold shop.

  • Improper use or handling of equipment will result in the member being charged replacement or repair costs. This includes leaving water running on wheels, double stacking magnetic wheels on the walls, failure to use water and damaging diamond coating, leaving belt tight on the belt sander, etc.

  • Members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, proper cleaning procedures are posted in the cold shop 

    • If a member doesn’t clean up after themselves properly they will be charged $25 per hour that the Facilities staff has to clean. 

  • Cerium is available for purchase at 20 cents/ gram in the office. 

  • Personal work left in the cold shop will be moved to storage at member’s expense. $25 handling plus $10/month. 

  • Swipe your card to turn equipment on and off. Usage times are automatically logged. 

    • If the member forgets to turn off the equipment they will be charged for the time that it is left on until the next person turns it off.  


 

Warm Shop Policies

Kiln Policies

  • Must have taken Kiln 1 or equivalent to rent the kilns 

    • Members may not start a rental during unstaffed hours for 6 months after completing Kiln 1

    • A Staff member must check the first kiln program that new members run.

  • There is no charge to use open tables in the warm shop, when classes are not in session. 

  • Kiln rental is $2/hr, with a minimum 12 hours. 

    • Members will be charged $2 per hour until the kiln is unloaded.  

    • Kiln Paper may be purchased from Glass Axis for $ 6 per sheet

  • Members must log hours on the provided log sheet and clipboard. 

  • Glass cutters are available for general use. 

  • To use Kilns unsupervised, members must have taken Kiln 1 or have equivalent training. Members may have a staff member program and fire their kiln for an additional $25/firing.

  • Members supply all their own glass

  • Members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, proper cleaning procedures are posted in the warm shop 

    • If a member doesn’t clean up after themselves properly they will be charged $25 per hour that the Facilities staff has to clean. 

Torch Policies

  • Members must compete either Torch: Soft Glass or Torch: Boro or equivalent to rent the torches

    • Members may not rent during unstaffed hours for 6 months after completing torch classes.

  • $10/hr for Nortel minor and hand held torches and $15 per hour for Red Max 

    • Rentals include Torch, tools, and crock pot annealing. 

    • In stock glass may be purchased from Axis at 5% upcharge from going rate online.

  • Members may bring their own Soft Glass Torch and for $15 per hour. Members may set up borosilicate equipment for $25 per hour.

    • If members bring in their own equipment the Facilities Staff will need to check the connections or hook the torch up for the member.

  • May rent torches during staffed hours after Torch 1

  • Log hours on the provided log sheet and clip-board. 

  • May rent torches at any time after Torch: Soft Glass or Torch: Boro, except when the studio is closed (between 12:00 and 6:00 am daily). 

  • Members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, proper cleaning procedures are posted in the warm shop 

    • If a member doesn’t clean up after themselves properly they will be charged $25 per hour that the Facilities staff has to clean. 

Stained Glass Policies

  • Members must have completed Stained Glass 1 or equivalent to rent the stained glass shop.

    • Members may not rent during unstaffed hours for 3 months after completing stained glass 1.

  • $12/hr includes glass that is currently in stock, soldering iron, copper foiling. EXCLUDES Solder. 

  • May rent space during Stained 1 during staffed hours.

  • Log hours on the provided log sheet and clip-board. 

  • May rent unsupervised after Stained 1, except when the studio is closed (between 12:00 and 6:00 am daily). 

  • Members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, proper cleaning procedures are posted in the warm shop 

    • If a member doesn’t clean up after themselves properly they will be charged $25 per hour that the Facilities staff has to clean. 

Costs and Fees

  • Hole 1 and 2: 2 hour minimum$41 per hour (charge includes 45 min warm-up, and 30 min warm up for Hole 2)

  • Hole 3: 2 hour minimum$47 per hour (charge includes 1 hour warm-up)

  • Hole 4: 2 hour minimum$47 per hour (charge includes a 1 hour warm-up)

  • Excess Annealer Space:$25 per half an annealer

  • Leaving Annealer up:$25 per incident

  • No Reservation:$25 per incident

  • Leaving Furnace Open:$25 per incident

  • Late Sign-Up:$15 per incident

  • O2 Rental:$10 per hour

  • Excess Glass (>10 lbs. per hour):$2 per pound

  • Ladle/Kiln Casting$50 per annealer/kiln per day and $2 per pound of glass

  • Neon Studio:$17 per hour

  • Torch Studio:$10-15 per hour (effective 7/1/17)

  • Torch Studio with personal bead torch and/or annealer$8 per hour (effective 7/1/17)

  • Torch Studio with personal borosilicate equipment$25 per hour (effective 7/1/17)

  • Cold Shop Studio:$18 per hour, $65 per month,

  • $135 per quarter, $420 per year

  • $25 per hour for staff approved non-member

  • Cerium20 cents per gram – bring your own container

  • Warm Shop Kiln Rental:$2 per hour, 12 hour minimum

  • Staff Kiln Firing:$25 per firing

  • Stained Glass Studio:$12 per hour

  • No Show Fee:$25

  • Shipping and Handling:$20 minimum

  • Storage:$10 per month, plus $25 handling if applicable

  • Locker Rental:$100 per year for single. $200 per year for double.

  • Clean-up:$25 minimum

  • Public Shelf Rentals:$10 per month