Donate – Please Support the Art of Glassblowing, support local arts, and support a small business all at once.
Glassblowing Houston is all about “enriching lives through artistic self-expression.” We provide the opportunity for people to blow glass and have the experience of a lifetime. We teach glassblowing classes. We rent benches and glory hole time to other glassmakers. We all work with the most fantastic medium to make our glass art and hopefully bring joy to your heart, home, or workplace.
Running a glassblowing studio is an expensive endeavor. The glass furnace that holds molten glass must stay on 24/7. Several consequences can occur if the power goes out, including losing your pot and your entire furnace.
Besides electric power, we must also have gas for our glory holes or reheat furnaces. These are on only during working hours. Then, there are costs for the other utilities, like water, septic, garbage, internet, and telephones. Our average monthly charges for these are about $4000/month. Of course, there are costs to rent space to work in, labor, expenses, and raw glass and color costs. The initial investment in the equipment is nothing to sneeze about, and this equipment must be continuously maintained and repaired!
We encourage everyone to support the arts and keep the glass as an art medium. All funds donated will go directly to the programs chosen to continue to follow our dream and enrich people’s lives in the Houston area through artistic self-expression with glass.
Donate to Aide with Operational Expenses.
Cover the high costs for utilities, raw materials, and consultants to enable our community to experience the magic of glass.
Donate to Contribute to Continuing Education for Consulting Artists.
Assist in sending our working consulting artists to outside classes and bringing other glass artists to the studio to work with them on specific skills.
Donate to Enable 1st Saturday Free Demonstration.
Help support our first Saturday Free Demo, where we make a medium to a large piece, narrate the process, and enable our community to be “Blown Away” by glass as an artistic medium.
Donate to Provide Glass & Color for Classes.
We love teaching and sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of glass. Donations here allow us to keep the prices as low as possible while paying all the bills involved.
Donate to Support Visiting Artist Program.
We love meeting glass enthusiasts and other makers. Contributions here will help us bring glass artists from other places to come and work with our staff, the glassmakers who rent with us, our students, and the community in general so we can all be enriched by their artistic self-expression.