Hot Shop rental time is available to professional artists and those with significant experience and instructor consent. Studio orientation and a signed waiver are required. Hot Shop rental includes one glory hole, bench, use of hot shop pipes, punties, hand tools, blocks, paddles, propane torch, knock-off table, use of a color oven, reasonable amount of space in an annealing oven. Renters must provide their own assistants and color. Hot Shop rentals must be prepaid and are arranged by appointment only with the GlasStation resident artist/instructor.
- Hourly rate for ECU experts - $18
- Hourly rate for ECU affiliated renters (faculty, staff, and students) - $35
- Hourly rate for non-ECU affiliated renters - $50
Shop Rental Policy
Participants must be 18 years or older. Participants will be required to sign a waiver before beginning the rental. Participants must come dressed in close-toed shoes, and natural-fiber clothing. Loose hair must be pulled back. Safety glasses and other equipment will be provided for participants' use.
About the GlasStation
ECU's GlasStation, which resides about 15 miles west of main campus in Farmville, NC, is the result of a grassroots effort by The Farmville Group, a volunteer economic development association interested in growing the local economy through the arts. The Allen and Stowe families of Farmville donated a former Gulf gas station to the DeVisconti Trust. ECU leases the GlasStation building from the Trust, and have outfitted the GlasStation with equipment to create a functioning hot glass studio.
Undergraduate and graduate ART classes for ECU students focused on glass blowing and making are regularly offered at the GlasStation. The first glass class began in spring semester, 2017.
All glass classes are led by resident glass artist and ECU faculty member Mike Tracy. Mike received a BFA in glass from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MFA in glass from Illinois State University. Mike joined the GlasStation and ECU's faculty in January, 2017. His work features both representational and abstract styles.