About Bloomington Creative Glass Center

The Bloomington Creative Glass Center is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing affordable, high quality education about glass to people in southern Indiana. It is open to any and all who have an interest in hot glass, regardless of age or experience.

History

BCGC was founded in 2011 by Abby Gitlitz. After earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Glass in 2009, she moved back to her hometown of Bloomington to become a full time artist. At the first Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in 2010, in which all the pumpkins were made by Abby as a personal fundraiser, she was overwhelmed by the number of people clamoring to learn glass blowing. Soon after she began teaching classes, and in 2012 BCGC was incorporated as a nonprofit educational arts center.

 

What started out as a side project for Abby has turned into a growing and thriving non-profit. In the past 6 years we have:

  • Taught the basics of glassblowing to over 150 people
  • Trained 25 advanced glass blowers
  • Performed library/school workshops for 800 elementary school students
  • Made glass fusing activities available to children as young as five
  • Partnered with 6 classes and 70 students at IU
  • Made and sold more than 2500 glass pumpkins

 

The Future

BCGC had been working hard since its inception to open a glass arts center here in Bloomington (currently all glass blowing happens in Indianapolis) that will offer a variety of educational glass arts opportunities. With the help of public, community, and corporate sponsors we anticipate opening to the public in Bloomington in 2017.

Help us bring a glass blowing studio to Bloomington!  

We have already raised more than half of the funds needed to open a glass arts center here in Bloomington, but we still have a ways to go. Your tax deductible contribution will help.

Want to learn how to blow glass?

Check out our Class Schedule and our Apprenticeship Program. No glass art experience necessary. 

Glass Blowing is open to anyone aged 13-99. Come check out this exciting and ancient art form!

Group making pumpkins 

Thank you for making the 6th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch our best patch ever! We had over 900 blown glass pumpkins spread out on the courthouse lawn in a real glass pumpkin patch.