Hot Shop

About the hot shop

PGC is recognized among national and international glass artists as having one of the world’s best-designed and well-equipped hot shops. This 2,560-square-foot space accommodates both large and small teams, and ample annealing space facilitates both rapid production and large-scale work. Two 1,000-pound-capacity, state-of-the-art Wet Dog furnaces run 24/7 at a temperature of 2,100˚F to continually provide quality clear molten glass. There are eight workstations, each with a glory hole and shaping bench. Many esteemed glass artists, including Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, and Davide Salvadore, have worked here.

Hot shop up close

Our 2,560-square-foot hot shop features:

  • Two 1,000 lb. Wet Dog invested pot furnaces
  • Full range of hand tools, pipes, and punties
  • Six 12" glory holes with pneumatic doors
  • One 18" glory hole with pneumatic doors
  • One 24" glory hole with barn doors
  • Two mobile gas-powered garages
  • One mobile powder booth
  • Eight benches with compressed air, oxygen and gas
  • Nortel Ranger, mid-range and multi-mix torches
  • Exact "Fluffy" torches
Hot shop glory hole

Rent the Studio

NEW! Studio Rental Hours:  

Sundays 10:00am - 4:00pm
Mondays  No Hot Shop Rental
Tuesdays 9:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesdays 9:00am - 9:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am - 9:30pm
Fridays 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am - 6:00pm

A 2-hour minimum applies for all rates in the Hot Shop unless otherwise noted. Please remember to always check in and out with a technician that is on duty. Other fees may apply for failing to clean up ($25), failing to check out ($25), and/or damaging equipment.

COVID-19 Rental Guidelines  

  • When finished, spray down equipment with bleach sanitizing solution (benches, punties, etc). Use alcohol solution on hand tools and blowpipes. 
  • Dunk heads of blowpipes in sanitizing tubes. 
  • Renters are encouraged to use their own tools and pipes whenever possible 
  • Please get out your own torches unless unable to do so. 
  • Wear masks whenever moving through common areas of the building 
  • Use blowhoses WHENEVER POSSIBLE instead of bench blows 
  • Avoid lining up at furnace and pipe cooler 
  • Use the annealer assigned to your side of the studio to avoid close contact 
  • Please refrain from touching the GB systems 
Hot Shop at PGC

NEW! Hours:

Sundays 10:00am - 4:00pm
Mondays No Hot Shop Rental
Tuesdays 9:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesdays 9:00am - 9:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am - 9:30pm
Fridays 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am - 6:00pm

Small Hole (12” x 24") $35/hour (2 hour minimum)

Medium Hole (18” x 46") $40/hour (2 hour minimum)

Large Hole (24” x 46") $60/hour (4 hour minimum)

Torch Only $15/hour (30 minute minimum)

Complimentary use of pipes/punties, hand tools, and blocks. Charges for all other extras still apply.


These are the charges that you may incur during rental time. For every 2-4 hour session, 25 pounds of glass, half a small annealer and complimentary use of studio pipes, punties, basic hand tools, and blocks is included. All extras are subject to availability. Large quantities of glass usage, extra annealer space, and long annealing cycles may incur extra charges. Pricing is subject to change based on usage amounts.

  • Mapp Gas Torch $5/session (excessive use)
  • Propane Torch $2/hour
  • Oxy/Propane Torch $3/hour
  • Mid-range Torch $5/hour
  • Garage/Hot Plate $3/hour
  • Pastorelli/Forks  No charge; damage fees may
  • Pickup Oven $10/session
  • Extra Bench $10/session
  • Extra Half Annealer $15/session
  • Extra Standard Annealer $25/session
  • Big Annealer $35/session
  • Extra Long Cycle +$4/hour

Open studio is a special rate offered to students currently enrolled in a class. Open studio is different from regular rental. A monitor is available during open studio to help or answer any questions. 

Monday 5-9pm, 2 hour minimum


What's included: Use of small glory hole, half annealer, pipes/punties, blocks, and basic hand tools.

HOT 1 STUDENTS ONLY: Students may pay an additional $5/hour to use student color.

Buy Supplies

PGC Sells A Variety Of Glass Supplies

See Hot Shop Classes

Beginner to Ace