Hot Shop Rental

The Bloomington Creative Glass Center has a glass blowing studio that is available for rental. Facilities include

  • 300# invested pot furnace
  • 2 glory holes
  • garage
  • pick up oven
  • 2 annealers
  • Standard pipes and punties
  • basic hand tools
  • fluffy torch
  • cane pick up set up

Hot Shop Rental rules and regulations

  • All renters MUST go through an equipment training with BCGC staff prior to the first scheduled blow slot. Please schedule this with BCGC front office.
  • All blow slot reservations must be made with BCGC front office, either by email or by text.
  • Blow slots are a three hour minimum unless you are blowing directly following a BCGC scheduled class, or a confirmed other renter.
  • No blowing past 11:00pm. At 11:00pm the annealers are scheduled to begin their cool down process.​ This is so they can be available to others the next day.
  • All blow slots are measured in one hour increments.
  • When you sign up for a blow slot you will be charged for the entirety of the blow slot regardless of whether you are actually blowing during that time. So a slot from 6-9pm will be charged three hours, even if you take a half hour break in the middle.
  • Reservations must be canceled 48 hours in advance or you will be charged for the entirety of your blow slot. Natural disasters and acts of god being the exception.
  • For the first month BCGC will light up the holes for you and have them hot by the time your blow slot is scheduled to begin. After the first month we will reevaluate.
  • Bills will be issued by the 5th of each month and must be paid by the end of that month.
  • BCGC equipment and tools must be treated with care. If we feel you are abusing BCGC property you will no longer be allowed to rent time. Equipment that is damaged or destroyed by a renter will billed to the renter. 
  • Please report any problems to BCGC staff immediately so they can be dealt with.
  • All finished work must be picked up from BCGC within two weeks unless arrangements have been made with BCGC staff. Work unclaimed after this time will be sold in the BCGC gallery will 100% of proceeds going to the BCGC educational fund.

Rental rates:

  • Medium glory hole: $40 per hour
  • Small glory hole: $35 per hour
  • Tools: $5 per blow slot
  • Color (frit): $5 per hour
  • Finished glass: $2.50/pound
  • Torch: $5 per blow slot
  • Garage: (not currently available) $10 per blow slot
  • Lockers: $3 per month
  • Extra long annealing cycles: rates to be worked out with BCGC staff