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.
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.
Dahlia Bushwick is a STARworks Glass production glassblower. She holds a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute of Art. She apprenticed at Corradetti Glassblowing Studio in Baltimore and Art of Fire in Gaithersburg, MD. Dahlia has worked and studied at Pilchuck Glass School and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, including the Portsmouth Museum of Art, Current Space in Baltimore City and Pilchuck Gallery in Washington. For more information, visit www.DahliaBushwick.weebly.com.