“the hot shop”
Our hot shop studio is full of hot glass stuff, great attitude and a genuine appreciation for our craft!
AO Glass is located in the beating heart of the Burlington South End Arts District. Music, conversations and laughter echo from the three garage doors we keep open year-round. Locals and visitors gravitate to the warmth and excitement of our hot shop to hang out, to support us by buying engaging glass gifts from our workshop and online stores, and to be mesmerized by our glass blowers and their work!
We have two furnaces, the biggest holding 500 pounds of molten glass at 2,100° F, kept hot 24/7 in order to maintain perfect glass conditions. In addition to the furnaces we have three reheat chambers, three annealing ovens, and countless glassblowing irons, punties, sheers, jacks and wooden blocks. And plenty of folded wet newspaper (usually the NY Times) used as a shaping tool between the palm and hot glass piece.