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: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am - 7pm; Wednesday and Thursday 10am-1pm

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  

    • Use equipment that has not been used that day, everything is sanitized at the end of the previous day 
    • 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. 
    • Leave pipes/punties in barrel to sit over night 
    • 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: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am - 7pm; Wednesday and Thursday 10am-1pm

    Small Hole (12” x 24") $30/hour

    Medium Hole (18” x 46") $35/hour

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

    These are the charges that may occur during your rental time. For every 2-4 hour session, 50 lbs. of glass and half a small annealer are included. Large quantities of glass usage, extra annealer space and long annealing cycles may incur extra charges.

    • Pipes & Punties $8/session ($4 split)
    • Hand Tools $8/session ($4 split)
    • Blocks $8/session ($4 split)
    • Mapp Gas Torch $5/session (excessive use)
    • Propane Torch $2/hour
    • Oxy/Propane Torch $3/hour
    • Mid-range Torch $5/hour
    • Pastorelli/Forks  No charge; damage fees may apply
    • Garage/Hot Plate $3/hour
    • Pickup Oven $10/session
    • Extra Bench $10/session
    • Extra Annealer Space $15/additional half annealer
    • Extra Standard Annealer $24/session (12 hour cycle)
    • Extra Long Cycle $4/hour (beyond 12 hours)
    • Big Annealer $35/session (12 hour cycle)


    Open studio is available if you are currently enrolled in a PGC hot shop class. A technician will be on duty to answer questions or help troubleshoot.

    • Mondays 5pm-9pm

    Small Hole (12” x 24") $30/hour

    This is essentially an extended day rate. You can work alone or in groups of 2 or 3 ($15/hour per person in a group of 2 or $10/hour per person in a group of 3)

    No charge for the use of blocks, hand tools, pipes/punties; charges for all other extras still apply.


    Weekdays after 5pm + Weekends

    Small Hole (12” x 24") $37/hour

    Medium Hole (18” x 46") $40/hour

    Large Hole (24” x 46") $55/hour (4 hour minimum)

    All charges apply including the use of blocks, hand tools and pipes/punties.

    Buy Supplies

    PGC Sells A Variety Of Glass Supplies

    See Hot Shop Classes

    Beginner to Ace