This 20,000 square foot studio is the workspace for established glass work artists and master printmakers as well as a place ... More
New Orleans School of Glassworks
This 20,000 square foot studio is the workspace for established glass work artists and master printmakers as well as a place for them to display their work. This gallery is unique to the area by offering classes to anyone wishing to learn the fine art of glassblowing, kiln-fired glass, hand engraved printmaking, paper making, and bookbinding. When you visit the gallery make sure you view some of the skillful demonstrations that take place throughout the day.
I had the same experence as the last 2 - rude staff person. The class I was interested in is $140 per person. I will take my 3 friends and go some where else.
I did notice that those comments were from last year. Too bad the board members or bosses of the place are not taking steps to correct this.
Ive tried contacting this place twice. First through email and the second time over the phone. Both times I reached someone and both times they were very rude. I tried looking over the first encounter and thought let me give this another shot via phone call. Im not an individual who looks to complain, but I have no interest now to pursue anything further with the rude employees at this establishment.
I made a simple request for information regarding the print studio and after getting the run around for a week, they never actually answered my questions regarding the studio. Furthermore, the staff is extremely unprofessional and rude.
This place is awesome. After a quick browse of the gallery, I went back to the workshop area where a guy named Drake was doing a demonstration. The presentation was great and the staff was very knowledgeable. After talking with them about what all they had, I found out that they have printmaking, lamp working, and metal working in addition to glass blowing. I do screen printing, and so I've arranged to use the print studio and also to start a six-week glass blowing class; I'll probably learn welding later. If you're really interested in art, you should come check this place out, you can learn a lot.
This place is heavenly! All the beautiful art work in their gallery is made by students and staff. It's amazing to sit and watch them blow glass. As you watch they'll lean over and tell you facts about glass blowing like glass is made from silica, you must twirl the glass on the blow pipe at all times or you risk shape defects and dropping the piece, they appreciate tips, you must keep the glass hot or it will crack and maybe explode on you, and the "River" or Furnace (keeping the glass molten) burns at an incredible 2100 degrees.The staff is incredibly friendly and they answered all the question I could possibly throw at them. The top dog of the joint has some really funny stories about the school. The school has been around for over 20 years and she's seen it all. She's a real sweet heart and told me the must see spots in New Orleans. She was great. They have a nice torch shop for making beads. Great for the kids! There is also a cool printmaking studio. Top notch equipment for any size screen printing job. They have classes in all three areas glassblowing, torch working, and printmaking. It's definitely a place to stop in and see while in New Orleans. I walked away with a few small gifts for my family this Christmas. It's just a beautiful art and a must see spot.
I sent an email with and received a curt response, "....it might help with a two way dialogue if you left a phone number" (hmmm) I replied and received a phone call with a very rude woman who sounded as if she had much better things to do. I am not overly sensitive but if seemed as if she had a rehearsed "speech" prepared. To sum it up...1) I have money 2) I wanted to spend it learning at NOSOG and 3) I would sooner drive to Houston than attend this " Institute of Higher Learning"...
They do have some beautiful glass, but the owner is so incredibly rude, you feel like you're in an episode of "Candid Camera". I've never experienced anything like it. The studio in the back is interesting to tour, if you can catch some people working in hot or warm glass, pmc, or mosaics. Just be ready to be treated pretty shabbily.
The first impression is awsome. After watching for a while, I began to "intrude" on the artists concentration. They had nothing except education, and entertaining comments about thier work and others at the school. These artist are soem of the best I have ever seen, proficient and expert. They were very willing to education, explain and offer answers all without dropping a piece or losing concentration on the piece at hand. Wonderful experience. Sales staff is a bit gruff. Too much liquid New Orleans the night before? After my experience I would not hesitate to recommend this hot shop for mere visitation as well as for use by student.
This studio is very New Orleans. Located in the warehouse/arts district it is laid back and has many hidden treasures. In front is a unpretentious studio with a wide variety of hand blown glass. Make your way to the back and if your timing is right, watch hand blown venecian glass being made in a cavernous warehouse. I have bought a number of glass peices during my travels and the quality is high with very reasonable prices.
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