All students should familiarize themselves with the Glass Studio Access Policy, listed below, prior to using the facilities.
Supporting one of the oldest and most-highly regarded academic programs for the study of glass, the CCA Glass Studio is the primary-use facility for students currently enrolled in the college's Glass Program courses.
This state-of-the-art facility consists of several distinct areas of activity:
The Hot Shop runs continuously through the fall and spring semesters, accommodating the teaching curriculum of the Glass courses and serving as the blowing and ladle-casting facility for their respective students.
The Cold Shop provides a well-equipped and dedicated space for glass cutting, polishing, and finishing.
The Kiln Room serves the glass casting, fusing, and slumping needs of students currently enrolled in Glass Program courses as well as students who have successfully completed the respective Glass curriculum.
The Classroom Studio is the center of the Glass Program, serving as the lecture room for all program courses as well as a multiuse studio for student work within the program.
The Glass Studio hosts a weekly Sandcasting Night and Gaffer's Slot that allows CCA faculty, staff, and students outside the Glass Program the chance to propose a project and collaborate with an experienced glass artist to complete it.
Please see the Glass Studio Access Policy for information about how to sign up and accessing the required Project Proposal Sheet.
The Glass Program also offers nonmajors regular workshops that are designed to support interdisciplinary work in glass.
- 900 lb. continuous-melt furnace
- Glory holes (2): 26” and 13” openings
- Multiday annealers (2)
- Day annealers (2)
- Pick-up kiln
- Warm-up garage
- Powder booth
- Pipe warmer
- Casting ladles (7) of various sizes
- Sandcasting boxes and assorted equipment
- Clipper 14” diamond saw
- Covington 24” diamond slab saw
- 106” x 4” belt sanders (2)
- 36” Steinert lap wheel -- 80 grit
- 36” Steinert lap wheel -- 220 grit
- 24” Steinert diamond-lap wheel with associated diamond, resin, and felt pads
- 24” rociprolaps (2)
- Turner stone lathe with stone engraving wheels
- Merker diamond lathe (large) with diamond and stone tooling
- Merker diamond lathe (small) with diamond tooling
- Jet-diamond core drill press
- Foredom flex-shaft engravers
- Sandblaster -- 220 grit
- Sandblaster -- 80 grit
- Steinert dual-station cork/felt polisher
- Casting kilns of various sizes (5)
- BVD large-bed fusing and slumping kilns (2)
- Multiuse, top-lifting kiln with rolling bed
- Plaster room (shared facility)
- Wax room (shared facility)
- Test kilns (2)
- Casting kilns (2)
- Foredom flex-shaft engraver
- Litton 30” lamp-working lathe
- Lamp-working torch station
- Wizard-diamond ring saw
- UV gluing station with UV lamps (2)
- Dedicated work tables and critique space
- 52” Samsung LCD display for computer, CD, and DVD presentations
Studio Access Policy
Studio access is prioritized for students currently enrolled in Glass Program courses. CCA students, faculty, and staff who are not currently enrolled in Glass Program courses have limited access by special arrangement with the studio manager. Contact the studio manager for more information (see below).
Students outside the Glass major have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses such as Introduction to Glass and Blowing, Kiln Casting, and Coldworking.
Nonmajors and CCA faculty, staff, and students not currently enrolled in a Glass
course have a number of opportunities to make work within the Glass Studios:
Weekly sandcasting studio takes place Wednesday evenings.
Weekly scheduled glassblowing by advanced glassblowers.
If interested in either opportunity, please download and complete the [Project Proposal Sheet] before contacting the Glass studio manager to sign up.
Ground floor, Shaklee and Barclay Simpson Buildings, Oakland campus
The Glass Studios follow general college access schedules:
Studio hours: 8 a.m. - 4 a.m.
Cold Shop machinery: 8 a.m. - midnight
The Classroom Studio and Cold Shop are unavailable during regularly scheduled class meeting times.
Studio access during academic holidays and breaks is restricted. The studios are closed during the summer break.
Bill Sistek, Glass Studio Manager