STARworks Glass Studio is a public access glass studio. Stop in and watch our artists work when you visit STARworks. We offer rental space for glass artists, classes and workshops for the general public, and a high school glass curriculum. We also offer a free public glassblowing demonstration on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except June, July & August) at Hot Glass Cold Beer.
STARworks Glass Studio opened on October 30, 2008 at the Central Park NC annual meeting. The Glass Studio was started based on a partnership between STARworks and Wet Dog Glass. Central Park NC Executive Director, Nancy Gottovi, and Wet Dog founders, Eddie and Angela Bernard wanted to bring a fully operational glass studio to the area, which would in turn help build a budding glass community. STARworks Glass Studio was funded with the generous help of a Community Development Block Grant through the NC Department of Commerce. The glassblowing equipment was designed and built by Wet Dog Glass LLC.
Joe Grant is the STARworks Glass Director. He has won many awards, including a residency at the Creative Glass Center of America and the NC Arts Council Fellowship. His work has been exhibted at the Carrack Modern Art, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Green Hill Center in North Carolina, Gallery A in Richmond, Virginia, Gallery OneOne in Cincinnati, Ohio, Minnetrista in Muncie, Indiana, University Galleries in Bloomington, Illinois and Marx-Saunders Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Joe earned a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.JoeGrantGlass.com.
Claire Cadorette is the Glass Education Coordinator at STARworks. Claire holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and has shown work at several galleries in Rhode Island as both a student and post collegiate. As a Chrysler Museum assistant she worked with the Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan, which instilled a passion for education. In Virginia, through the Chrysler Museum and the Virginia Glass Guild, Cadorette has participated in several exhibitions. To find out more please visit canyouspellcadorette.com.
Thoryn Ziemba is the STARworks Glass Production Manager. He is a Windgate Fellowship Award recipient and received a Niche Student Award for sculptural glass. His work has been shown throughout the United States. Before coming to STARworks, Thoryn worked for the Pretentious Beer Glass Company in Knoxville, TN. He holds a BFA in Glass from Appalachian Center for Craft/Tennessee Technical University. For more information, visit www.ThorynZiemba.com.
Jackie Polofka is a STARworks Glass production glassblower. She was born and raised in northwest Ohio and holds a BFA in three-dimensional studies from Bowling Green State University. Before joining the STARworks team, Jackie worked at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA. She has shown her work in multiple exhibitions, most notably in the Momentum Juried Exhibition in Toledo, OH in 2017 and was awarded third place in the Glass Arts Society International Student Online Exhibition in 2016.