Ottawa’s First Non-Profit Glassblowing Cooperative Celebrates Grand Opening!
OTTAWA, October 29, 2019 – The Ottawa Glassblowing Co-op (OGC) announced today that it will launch its grand opening with a community celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
The OGC was formed following the closure of Ottawa’s first glassblowing studio, Flo Glassblowing, with a mandate to keep the art of glassblowing alive in the city. The new cooperative was founded by a small group of former studio renters, united by their passion for glassblowing and keen to maintain a studio in Ottawa. After consulting the community and receiving a very positive response, the OGC was established as a non-profit organization in May, 2019. Because glassblowing facilities are scarce and prohibitively expensive to set up and run, the main goal of the studio is to provide accessibility to glass artists looking for convenient and affordable space to work out of. In addition, OGC will also be a teaching space, welcoming those looking to learn about the exciting medium of glass.
After spending the summer months dedicated to establishing the co-op, rebuilding equipment, and renovating the space itself, the OGC will be celebrating its grand opening and inviting the community to learn more about this ancient art form.
“It has been a tremendous amount of work by a lot of artists," says Yvonne Avis, Membership Engagement Officer, "but we are so pleased to finally see the co-op up and running, and really looking forward to welcoming artists and students in from the cool fall weather, to the warm glow of molten glass."
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 12 pm - 5 pm, the Ottawa Glassblowing Co-op will be holding their grand opening celebration and fundraiser. During this event, live glassblowing demonstrations will be offered to the public, including an appetizer hour at 4PM where snacks cooked on hot glass in front of the 2000 degree furnace will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend this family friendly event, and there is no cost to participate. Raffle tickets will be sold, with prizes that include free glass blowing classes and gift baskets sponsored by local neighbouring business. Local members glass art will be on exhibit, as well as co-op-made glass products for sale. All proceeds raised will support the OGC. Everyone is welcome to attend.