Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop becomes the Morean Glass Studio09 Jan 2019, Posted by Community, Events, News, Press Releases in
January 7, 2019
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Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop becomes the Morean Glass Studio
Expands Program Offerings
ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center’s Glass Studio (formerly the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop) has revamped its facilities, programming and store thanks to in part to the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida as of January 1, 2019. Visitors will have access to more programming, artists will be able to create larger and more intricate work, and additional ways to create art glass will be available to both professional artists and students now.
The Morean Glass Studio opened in 2010 focused on educating guests from the Chihuly Collection about the craft and history of glassblowing. Since the Chihuly Collection moved to Central Avenue from Beach Drive, visitation to the Morean Glass Studio has doubled giving the resident artisans at the Glass Studio a chance to reach a much larger audience, and more reason to advance the program.
The Cultural Facilities Grant from the State has provided the Morean Glass Studio with newer and larger equipment including: a 36-inch Reheating chamber, (2) 75 cubic foot casting oven/annealer and a new 400 lb. glass furnace. As well as updates to exhaust and ventilation within the glass blowing facilities. The benefits of these new elements include the ability to produce larger more dynamic works of art in glass blowing as well as expanding upon the educational elements available at the Morean Glass Studio including: sand casting, lost wax glass kiln-casting, and Pate de Verre.
The Morean Glass Studio has also partnered with James A. Haley and Bay Pines Veterans’ Hospitals to offer glassblowing to military patients and veterans as part of a community-based arts program. The inception of Operation: Art of Valor (AOV) began well before the renovation, but the program will now reap the rewards of an expanded bevy of equipment.
Another part of the big picture is an Artist in Residence (AIR) program which the Morean Glass Studio hopes to initiate on a national scale. Currently, the Glass Studio is test running the program with an apprentice-based structure with artists Benjamin Ugol and Samantha Bledstein. Ugol recently completed an assistantship at Furnace Salvadore and The Murano Studio Glass in Italy and Bledstein, a recent University of Wisconsin (UW) graduate, served as the UW Glass Studio Teaching Assistant.
The program will mirror the already successful and nationally recognized AIR program at the Morean Center for Clay which currently employs 6 artists a year looking to enhance and further their educational experience and seeking recognition in the professional realm. The Morean Glass Studio AIR program will accept 2 artists a year, in hopes that participants will use the opportunity to advance themselves personally and professionally within the glass art community.
Visitors can view daily live glassblowing demonstrations with a team of skilled artisans, including Jeremiah Jacobs, Bao Thao, Edel Walker, Matt Piepenbrok, Tim Soluna, David Spurgeon and more. Guests can also try their hand with one of many personal experiences offered at the Morean Glass Studio, classes, workshops or just view the finished works on display in the Glass Studio Store.
All of the pieces created in the Glass Studio are for sale in the largest art glass store in Tampa Bay, conveniently located adjacent to the Glass Studio. Inside you will find a wide variety of art glass including: jewelry, bowls, vases, ornaments and more.
Admission to the Morean Glass Studio is included in the Chihuly Collection general admission ticket.
Tickets are not required to visit the Chihuly Collection Store, Glass Studio Store, Morean Arts Center or Morean Center for Clay.
About the Morean Arts Center: The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio and the Morean Center for Clay