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.
How can I join?
Just click on Become a Member on our website, or go to the Membership Application form directly to fill out an application.
Where are you located?
957-C Gladstone Ave, near Preston St. (in Ottawa, Canada).
How can I contact the co-op?
You can email us or reach out to us through our website.
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.
What is your refund policy? You can read it on our Terms and Conditions page here.
I’ve just finished GB2 and I want to keep going! What are my options now?
That’s great to hear! Once you’ve completed 30 hr of instruction you’re welcome to book some Practice Time. This allows you to book time with your partner, supervised by a more experienced co-op member. You don’t need to be a co-op member to book and attend Practice Time, but you will need to be a member to rent the hot shop and cold shop. You can join the OGC anytime you want to, the co-op is open to anyone over the age of 16 with an interest in the art of glass. All experience levels are welcome. Once you become a member you’ll have your own key to the studio and can book your own rental time.
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 (+HST). The hourly hot shop rental rate is $38.49 (+ HST). 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)
- monthly 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 Loretta Studios & Gallery, 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.
I just want to stay informed. Can you add me to your mailing list?
Sure! Just email us or sign up for our newsletter on our website. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.