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A small glass manufactory


Making high end lighting and glass

internationally for over 25 years.

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A small glass manufactory


Making high end lighting and glass

internationally for over 25 years.

Ao glass

is a small glass factory in the heart of the art district of Burlington Vermont. 

We are known internationally for the speed and quality of our craftsmanship, and for the pride we take in our Swedish design heritage. 

We are known locally for our community involvement; from our collaborations with prominent local businesses such as Hubbardton Forge, to the glass blowing we perform during our neighborhoods weekly block party

over a century of collective experience

Our gaffers have trained all over the world. Together they have over a century of experience in the glass blowing world; from avant garde sculpture to traditional Swedish crystal.

In the heart of the burlington arts district

Located at 416 Pine street the AO glass hot shop is surrounded by local artists and artisans; from woodworkers to ceramicists and painters.

combining tradition and high technology

We combine techniques discovered in ancient Phoenicia nearly four thousand years ago, with more contemporary technology such as computer controlled milling machines and 3d modeling. 

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The Hot Shop


A place of fire and music,

our hot shop is a crucible of creativity

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The Hot Shop


A place of fire and music,

our hot shop is a crucible of creativity

In the summer our eight hundred square foot workshop can reach 140° fahrenheit (60° celsius). That's why glass blowing studios are called hot shops. 

Our hot shop is the beating heart of the Burlington arts district. Music and laughter echo from the garage door we keep wide open summer and winter. 

The local artists and residents gravitate to the warmth and excitement of the place; hanging out, drinking coffee, and contributing their creativity. 

Our furnace holds 500 pounds of molten glass at 2,100° fahrenheit (1149° celsius). It is kept hot 24 hours a day; the crucible that holds the glass can withstand a year at that temperature before cracking and being replaced.

In addition to the furnace we have two reheat chambers, three annealing ovens, countless glassblowing pipes and cold working implements.

Our shop is a veritable jungle of tools, furnaces, and jigs collected and refined over a several lifetimes of mastery. 

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The Gaffers


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The Gaffers


Rich arentzen

Master gaffer

 

 A veteran glassblower of 25 years Rich Arentzen has worked in hot shops across Europe and America; taking a keen interest in the traditional Scandinavian design that can still be seen in the work of AO Glass.

Lucas Lönegren

shop manager / gaffer

 

Lucas Lönegren is a native Vermonter and the son of a dowser. He constructed his first glass blowing shop at the age of 21 after a summer on a fishing boat in the Bering strait. Since then he has studied the art of glassblowing in Sweden, Australia, and England. 

Harrison Mccandless

cold working manager / gaffer

                                                           This golden haired gaffer is a University of Vermont graduate. Harrison Mccandless started as Lucas' assistant three years ago. He has since ascended to the rank of gaffer and inherited his own bench.

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The Assistants


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The Assistants


Eli           Jager

Assistant / Marketing

A native Vermonter and graduate of the Vermont Woodworking School, Eli Jager now works as a glassblowing assistant for Lucas Lönegren. He is also the web master and head of marketing for AO Glass. 

Ben     Winrock

Assistant

Born in Vermont, Ben Winrock has been an assistant at AO Glass for two years. An aspiring gaffer and a fixture of the Burlington community.

 

                                                               

Woodrow Sacco

Assistant

Another Vermont native, Woodrow Sacco has been friends with the AO community for years, and has just now begun working as a glassblowing assistant. He spends his spare time making wooden tops and vegan chocolate.

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The Store


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The Store