Poatina Glass Studio

The Poatina Glass Studio was officially established in 2009 with support from Arts Tasmania.  Located at interim premises in Poatina village until 2012, the studio has now been relocated in the new purpose-built facility of the Alethea Mountain Retreat Arts Centre which was established with support from The Tasmanian Community Fund, The Ian Potter Foundation and the Northern Midlands Council.

A dream many years in the making and now a celebrated reality as Tasmania's premier hot glass teaching facility, the Poatina Glass Studio addresses a significant need in offering hot and kiln-formed glass studio access and tuition to the state of Tasmania.

Located in a beautiful bush setting with views of the Great Western Tiers on the edge of Poatina village, the studio is an inspiring place for beginners and professionals  to undertake workshops in glass making, for artists to access specialised equipment and studio space, for school and other community groups to watch demonstrations or participate in educational workshops, and for tourists and spectators to simply enjoy the fascinating spectacle of hot glass being shaped and formed into all manner of art objects.

Facilities

The hot glass area, or 'Hotshop', boasts an 80kg invested pot furnace for melting glass and two re-heating chambers known as 'Glories' with two accompanying workspaces or 'Benches' which allow up to two teams to work at any time.

The kiln formed glass area or 'Kiln Room' boasts a large architectural glass fusing and slumping kiln with an internal bed size of 2.4 x 1.2 metres, plus a range of smaller kilns for slumped, fused, or cast glass techniques.

The cold-working (cutting, grinding and polishing) area has a wide range of equipment including flat bed grinders, wet-belt linishers, diamond saws and a glass lathe.

All areas and equipment are available to hire, and artists may also rent a permanent workspace in the building in which to base their studio work.

The Alethea Mountain Retreat Arts Centre in which the studio is located also offers a large multi-purpose room which is also available for short-term rental for large projects or exhibitions, or for running workshops or other events.

For more information on the studio's facilities or hire rates, please get in touch through the "Contact Us" tab above.

 

 

 

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