Just what exactly is a co-op?
At its most basic, it’s a legally incorporated organization that is owned by its members. In our case, we’ve formed a glassblowing co-op to democratically provide access to both a hot shop and a cold shop studio.
Where are you located?
957-C Gladstone Ave, near Preston St. (in Ottawa, Canada).
Can I support the co-op without becoming a member?
Absolutely! Thank you so much for your support. You can fill in a Donation form. Please know that as a co-op all funds are used to keep the co-op up and running.
Can I take classes?
Definitely! We offer classes to both non-members and members. Take a look on our website.
How much does it cost to join?
There’s a non-refundable $50 (+ HST) Application fee, then after you’re approved you’ll be asked to make a one time $250 Member Loan. The Annual Membership fee is $50, and then you’ll need to choose a Rental Plan. There is a choice to either set up a monthly pre-payment schedule or just remain as a casual renter. Obviously the more regular and frequent a renter you are, the better rates you get. There’s more information here.
What does that buy me?
- access to the facility and use of the tools and most equipment
- hot, clear furnace glass (you supply colour)
- quarterly hot shop newsletter
- advance notice and early registration to courses
- that warm fuzzy feeling that you get from being part of a community and being around others who are in love with glass as much as you are!
Is there any flamework / lampwork on site?
Sadly, no. There is a flamework / lampwork place nearby: check out https://lorettastudiosandgallery.com, they’re just down the street.
How about cold work?
Yes! We have some cold working equipment too. If you create your piece of art in our hot shop then you are able to finish it in the cold shop. If you wish to work on other pieces created elsewhere, the cold shop rental rate is $20 per hour and you can email us to arrange.