AO Glass strives to be the most sophisticated hot glass studio in the country, capable of high quality innovative design and production. Drawing on our twenty-four years of experience, we integrate traditional techniques with technological innovation in order to be the glass manufacturer that the country's top firms use for their high end glass needs. We create a workplace where individual growth, empowerment, and work life balance are paramount to individual and company success.
We offer free-blown and mold-blown designs, casting and pressing.
Rich Arentzen met Tove Ohlander at the Orrefers Glass School in 1994. Soon after, we married, had children, and began a glass blowing studio in Norway. In 2007, we moved to Vermont and founded AO Glass, a combination of our two last names.
At the time AO specialized in high-end sculptural vessels. However, to combat the recession, we began to make souvenir glass snowmen to sell as gifts. Vermont is a small community, and a connection through Senator Bernie Sanders brought the snowmen into the Smithsonian Museum gift store.
In 2014, AO truly hit its stride and discovered the perfect niche; unfulfilled demand for glass manufacturing in the high-end lighting market.
This journey has led AO Glass from a small, art glass studio, to a premiere vendor of glass components in the lighting industry. Our unique size enables us to provide clients with ample manufacturing capacity coupled with unmatched attentiveness to design and quality.