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892 Scott St.
Columbus, OH 43222

Less than a mile from our current location.

One block north of W. Broad St.; Just behind Tommy's Diner!

 
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Glass Axis Moves to New Franklinton Studio Space

Columbus, OH – March 29, 2024 – Glass Axis will move its glass studio from its current location in Franklinton to a new one, located less than a mile west during Summer 2024.

Glass Axis learned it would need to move from their current location early in 2022. The move stems from a “potential redevelopment of their current studio at 610 W. Town St into mixed-use, mixed-income housing in the next couple of years”. Late in 2022 a potential space was found on the South Side of Columbus. Architectural plans were drawn up, quotes for utility services were collected and a lease was signed for this space. Over the course of the next several months, rising construction costs and interest rates began to make the project in its current form impossible. After careful consideration, the difficult decision was made to terminate that lease and look for a different solution. Very quickly, staff started the search process once more and found a building, with much of the desired conversion plans already completed, that was just waiting on a new tenant. After a lengthy process making sure this space would meet all the needs for the future of Glass Axis, a ten-year lease was signed on March 22, 2024. This new move heralds a chance for Glass Axis to build and plan for its future, while keeping the organization in Franklinton, and allowing further participation with the Franklinton Arts District and the Franklinton Board of Trade. Since its founding in 1987, this will be the fourth move for Glass Axis within Columbus city limits.

Having been through this process recently, Glass Axis board and staff were better prepared to look for the especially niche needs of a glass studio. By better understanding exactly what would be necessary to have already in place, and what the capacity would be to add what was still needed, Glass Axis was better positioned to find this new, near-perfect location. With some upgrades to utilities and possible city code enhancements, this space is move-in ready. Targeted fundraising is currently underway, along with plans to diversify revenue streams and secure financing for the project.

Executive Director Melody Reed says of the move “We are so much better prepared for the magnitude of this move than we were this time last year. We have asked all the right questions and made the proper preparations. We see this upcoming move as a unique opportunity to enhance on the foundation we’ve built in Franklinton and to more firmly secure all the opportunities we offer to Columbus artists.”

The new studio space, located at 892 Scott St. and less than a mile from the current building, was previously home to the Coleman Spohn Corporation and was chosen in part for its unusual layout. The building has office, studio, gallery and classroom space along with a large warehouse area, suitable for a glass hot shop. There is a large lot behind the building for member and staff parking and ample free street parking for the visiting public. With all of the development planned for the West Broad Street corridor, including the city’s new LinkUS initiative which will be just a block south of this location. Glass Axis is excited to be part of the renaissance in this area. Very early plans for occupancy of this space will be to add a vibrant mural across the front of the building to add to Columbus’ already eclectic collection of public art, championed into existence through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Founded in 1987, ten students and graduates of The Ohio State University Glass Program came together under the name Glass Axis. The group built a portable glass blowing studio and traveled all over Central Ohio teaching glass art. Five years later, Glass Axis established a permanent glassmaking studio in what is now Columbus’ Arena District. After occupying space in two different Grandview locations, Glass Axis made yet another move to a larger space in the East Franklinton area in 2014. For 10 years, this space has served as a comprehensive glass-making facility, encompassing molten glass, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, cold working, and torch working.  The studio offers state-of-the-art facilities to more than 50 glass artists in all stages of development, hundreds of classes and public programs each year, exhibition and retail space, high school and college internship programs, and a work credit program to help foster and retain artists in the studio.

 

Glass Axis’ mission celebrates the art and science of glass. It embraces both a dedication to glass as a fine art (that has been the organization’s hallmark since 1987) and glass as scientific exploration of chemical and physical change, which demonstrates the important converging of art and STEM as learning components. All this serves as the #1 organizational priority: Education. Glass Axis is a destination for vibrant possibilities. Open to all, it is the place people come for freedom to learn, experiment, grow, create and share. Glass Axis encourages creativity, provides opportunities for artists of all ages, and fosters a sense of community for visitors, members, and artists.

For more information, contact Executive Director Melody Reed at (614) 291-4250 or email melody@glassaxis.org.

 

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