The BGSU Glass Area within the Studio Division is an environment for a student who is an active, creative, independent maker and critical thinker. The Glass Area embraces the ideas of creative production, ongoing experimentation, research, and critical investigation. Students are encouraged to become innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers when approaching glass as an art making material. Glass art projects that involve other materials are supported and encouraged.
The Glass Area has state of the art facilities that allow students to work with hot, warm, and cold glass techniques. An active visiting artist program also allows students intimate access to leaders in the world of contemporary art glass. The area around Bowling Green is well known for its significance to the start of the Studio Glass Movement. The Toledo Museum of Art Glass pavilion has one of the best collections of historical and contemporary art glass in the world and there are many local glass studios in the area.
Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered within the Division of Studio with glass as a major studio concentration.
Student Art Glass Association (SAGA) is a student-run organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students in glass which provides additional experiences and opportunities. Students work as a team producing glass objects for sale, and they have the opportunity to sell their work during various events. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the students involved and the rest is utilized to fund visiting artists, educational activities, and provide specialized materials for students enrolled in glass. SAGA is a student run organization.
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BGSU was one of the first glass programs in a University in the United States. The current Glass studio was constructed in 1991 in the Fine Arts Center and is centrally located on campus. The hot glass area was completely rebuilt in 2009 by Wet Dog Glass, and has three complete work stations for blowing glass. The glass studio contains equipment for working with hot glass, kiln formed glass, lost wax glass casting, cutting and polishing glass and flameworking. The glass shop shares an outdoor working court yard with sculpture and ceramics.
For more information, visit the Glass Studio facilites page.