Update: Akron Glass Works has met its crowd-funding goal. Congratulations to the company and thanks to the community for your support.
Akron Glass Works (AGW) is moving to a new location, a larger studio in a beautiful old church at 421 Spicer St. The company is moving from its current Main Street location to accommodate the increasing demand for the workshops and demonstrations offered.
To help cover some of the costs of renovating the new space, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign, which is nearing its June 6 deadline.
The theme, “a little help with the lights,” is appropriate as the studio will need a number of electrical renovations in order to operate its 2,000-degree furnaces. And a surge of community support is needed to help the organization reach its goal.
Some of the renovations the campaign will help pay for include:
- Electric Contracting — The new studio is a raw space and will need specialized electrical infrastructure.
- Glass Furnace Re-build — The glass furnace in the hot shop is in need of new ceramic crucible, walls, door, and insulation.
- Color Furnace –– An additional small furnace will help provide more workshops.
Akron Glass Works is offering rewards at every giving level beginning with a gift of a friendship ball ornament with a donation of at least $10.
The studio invites the community to enjoy its final Artwalk in its current 106 N. Main St. location this Saturday, June 4, for glassblowing demonstrations from 5 to 10 p.m.
Everything in the gift shop will be offered at 20-percent off during Artwalk. All sales for the night will go toward the crowdfunding campaign.
Another benefit to the new space will be a second bench, so the studio may double the number of people it serves through its classes and workshops. Akron Glass Works’ classes are so popular, they often sell out quickly.
To learn more about Akron Glass Works, go to www.akronglassworks.com.
To learn more about their crowdfunding campaign and to donate, go to www.akronglassworks.com/crowdfunding.