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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 and Conant Metal & Light, 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 in Burlington, Vermont,  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 modern 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 year round; 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 Management


The head and the heart of AO Glass. 

Our management fell in love in Scandinavia.

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The Management


The head and the heart of AO Glass. 

Our management fell in love in Scandinavia.

Rich Arentzen

General Manager

Rich Arentzen is the head of AO glass. Born in New England, he was a philosophy major in college before traveling abroad to  Scandinavia to study glass blowing. The aesthetic of AO! glass can be seen as a reflection of his American work-ethic, and Scandinavian design heritage. 

Tova Ohlander

Store manager / Creative

Tove Ohlander is the heart of AO glass. A native of Sweden she has spent her life studying art and craft as one cohesive artisanal pursuit in the way only the Scandinavians can. 

She manages the AO glass store and brings an air of creativity and child like wonder to the hot shop. 

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The Gaffers


"Gaffer" is the old english word for

"old man." or "master."

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The Gaffers


"Gaffer" is the old english word for

"old man." or "master."

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


All of our assistants are native Vermonters.

They are just beginning their lives as craftsmen.

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The Assistants


All of our assistants are native Vermonters.

They are just beginning their lives as craftsmen.

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.

 

                                                               

Josh  Decatur

Assistant / cold worker

Another Vermont native, Josh Decatur attends the University of Vermont where he is a double major in economics & philosophy. When he's not busy reading Marx he's cold working in the back.