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 multi-use studio for student work within the program.

Extracurricular Programming

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.

Equipment

Hot Shop

  • 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

Cold Shop

  • 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

Kiln Room

  • 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)

Classroom Studio

  • 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

All Undergraduate Students
Undergraduates must have successfully completed a Glass course at CCA. Studio access to the area the student has studied is permitted by submitting a proposal. A proposal should include: Glass class(es) taken at CCA, timeline, media, materials list, and a detailed description of the work to be completed. Proposals should be submitted to Studio Manager, Bill Sistek at bsistek@cca.edu and will be reviewed by Glass Chair Clifford Rainey. Accepted proposals also require a $75 fee (per semester).
Studio access is for academic purposes only and will coincide with the general access and schedules posted by the Studio Manager. Students currently enrolled in Glass classes have priority access to all areas of the studio.
No studio access is provided during the academic breaks and summer.
*Note: Alumni do not have access to the studios.
Download the Project Proposal Form (PDF) »

All Current MFA students
Students should take at least 1 unit with appropriate faculty who currently teach in the technical area desired. After successfully completing the unit, studio access is permitted by submitting a proposal. A proposal should include: Glass class(es) taken at CCA, timeline, media, materials list, and a detailed description of the work to be completed. Proposals should be submitted to Studio Manager, Bill Sistek, at bsistek@cca.edu and will be reviewed by Glass Chair Clifford Rainey. Accepted proposals also require a $75 fee (per semester).
Students can apply for a stipend to cover this fee through the Fine Arts Graduate Office. Students can submit a Glass portfolio to the Chair, Clifford Rainey and have an interview to show competence and strong Glass experience to possibly waive the unit requirement.
All students with waived units must go through a studio orientation with studio manager or appropriate faculty.
Studio access is for academic purposes only and will coincide with the general access and schedules posted by the Studio Manager. Students currently enrolled in Glass classes have priority access to all areas of the studio.
No studio access is provided during the academic breaks and summer.
*Note: Alumni do not have access to the studios.
Download the Project Proposal Form (PDF) »

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:

Sandcasting Night

Weekly sandcasting studio takes place Wednesday evenings.

Gaffers’ Slot

Weekly scheduled glassblowing by advanced glassblowers.

Download the Project Proposal Form (PDF) »

If interested in either opportunity, please download and complete the [Project Proposal Sheet] before contacting the Glass studio manager to sign up.

Location

Ground floor, Shaklee and Barclay Simpson Buildings, Oakland campus

Access Hours

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.

Contact

Bill Sistek, Glass Studio Manager
510.594.3694
bsistek@cca.edu