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We visited the 3rd floor of the Strand today and climbed scaffolding up to the ceiling above the new hot shop (old cold shop). They'll be removing the cat walk and the remains of the Strand's fly system left over from its Vaudeville days. There's also an 8ft-wide hole in the wall for future deliveries of steel, HVAC equipment, and--yes--furnaces.
This winter, we’ve been working with Adaptations, a program of the JCC in Manhattan “which offers people in their 20's and 30's with learning and communication challenges the benefits of a supportive environment as they work towards achieving their career and life goals.” Using the UrbanGlass coldshop as an incubator, Adaptations has launched a new venture, the Adaptations Glassware Cooperative. The program turns wine bottles into drinking glasses, but the outcomes extend far beyond the product. Adapations explains that “[t]he AGC business model is appealing because it incorporates a "triple bottom line" approach that measures the success of the initiative by its returns on investment across f
The new hot shop will have three furnaces, ten gloryholes, and nine benches. Well in advance of the day it all arrives at 647 Fulton Street, the location of every piece must be set to the inch. To help our construction team visualize the space, our colleague Daniel, at Wet Dog Glass, produced this 3D model. In this cut-out view, you see the back of the equipment, including two 1,000-lb furnaces in the foreground. All of the equipment will be enclosed in what amounts to a huge ventilation duct to remove heat generated by the equipment before it enters the room. We can't wait to see this space filled with artists at work.
Tuesday was our first time to be back on the third floor since the demolition began. You'll have to trust me that beneath their face masks, Brian Kibler and Dawn Bennet are smiling.
Do you remember the flat shop and cold shop on Fulton Street? This is how it looked November 1. In the redesigned studio, this will be the hot shop area. On the left will be two 1,000-pound furnaces and six glory holes. At the back, on the right side of the image, will be our furnace for students along with four additional glory holes.
UrbanGlass recently welcomed Scott Howe to the staff as its new associate director. Scott relocated to New York City from Norfolk, Virginia where he was the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Chrysler Museum of Art. During his tenure there he served as Project Manager for their new glass studio, scheduled to open in November 2011. Charged with making the Chrysler's collection meaningful and relevant to the community, Scott initiated a range of programs encompassing new media and the performing arts. Scott received his BA in English from Washington and Lee University, Virginia, his MA in art history from the University of Texas Austin and a doctorate in art education from Columbia University's Teachers College, New York.
UrbanGlass is open for business. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Studio Rates 2011 at 126 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
First time studio users of UrbanGlass must complete and sign a registration form and receive written approval from the Director of Operations or Head Technician before being allowed to rent time in any of the specific shop areas.
Studio time and other fees must be paid the day of your rental. We accept cash, check, credit or debit card. There is a $50.00 fee for returned checks. Upon a second returned check, terms will be cash only, credit or debit card. Please keep your receipt; you may be asked to show proof of payment. Any cancellations made within 48 hours of the rental time will be billed the full rental rate.
Annealers and kilns are booked in day blocks only. Annealers run from 11 AM to 10 AM.
Last week we learned that the asbestos abatement phase is complete. Now comes permitting and -- wait for it -- demolition. Check back here for the date of the groundbreaking ceremony -- though to be accurate, it's more of a wall breaking ceremony.
UrbanGlass now has a limited amount of lockers available to rent. If you'd like to rent a locker, or have any questions, contact Rachel Feinberg at UrbanGlass: Rachel@urbanglass.org or 718.625.3685, ext. 204.
Locker Rental Rates for 126 13th Street
Size Dimensions (h x w x d) $/Year
Small 68 x 10 x 14 inches $96
I can hear Brian Kibler banging away in the studios. He’s putting together the cold shop in our interim space: cleaning, repairing, ordering replacement parts, painting components bright UrbanGlass red. The studio reopens on September 6 and we’ll be offering rental time in the flatshop with fusing, slumping and kilncasting, flameworking, sandblasting and coldworking. UrbanGlass has the only comprehensively equipped coldworking shop in the metropolitan New York area so we’re working to bring it online as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is a list of places in driving distance from New York City where you can go to rent glassworking studio time. Tell them UrbanGlass sent you: