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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 and American 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 American studio sculpture to traditional Swedish crystal ware.

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 Fearless Leaders


The head and the heart of AO Glass. 

Our management fell in love in Scandinavia.

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The Fearless Leaders


The head and the heart of AO Glass. 

Our management fell in love in Scandinavia.

Rich Arentzen

General Manager/ Gaffer

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. 

TovE Ohlander

Creative Director

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 brings unbridled creativity, illustrations and intuitive wonder to the hot shop. 

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The Gaffers


"Gaffer" is the old english word for

"old man." or "Boss."

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The Gaffers


"Gaffer" is the old english word for

"old man." or "Boss."

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, and is fearless in his approach to life in the hot shop.

Harrison Mccandless

QC and Producton 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 with his keen eye and attention to detail, insures that the work is nearly perfect.

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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.

Atticus Jager

Assistant / Marketing

A graduate of the Vermont Woodworking School, Atticus Jager once worked as a glassblowing assistant for Lucas Lönegren. He is now the web master and head of marketing for AO Glass. He is currently traveling across the country working on his own project; Paradiserampandbedlam.com

Ben Winrock

Assistant

Ben Winrock has been an assistant for Harrison Mccandless at AO Glass for over two years. An aspiring gaffer and a fixture of the Burlington punk community. There hasn't been a concert in Burlington he didn't attend in the past decade.                                                                

Josh Decatur

Assistant / cold worker

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, or standing in as an assistant wherever he is needed. 


Paul Mayer

cold worker

Paul Mayer graduated from UVM with a degree in environmental studies in 2013.

He is working at AO while he plans the creation of a permaculture homestead. 

 

Sherry Coburn

assistant

Sherry Coburn has an extensive background in painted stained glass and torch work with borosilicate glass. She is now trying her hand at furnace work as an assistant to Lucas Lönegren.