BAGI offers private educational glassblowing demonstrations at our studio. We have had the good fortune of giving demonstrations for a wide variety of groups including: students from the City of San Jose's ArtsExpress program, various home school associations, Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts of America, Google, Kaboodle, Bellarmine College Prep. School, and various senior citizen organizations.
Glass Studio Rentals
BAGI is thrilled to be able to offer our facilities and equipment for use to the public. On this page you will find some very useful information regarding studio rentals. Please take the time to read it carefully, as it answers many general questions and will facilitate a successful rental.
Accessing the online calendars and booking
A USERNAME and PASSWORD are required to BOOK TIME, while anyone is welcome to view the calendar. You can create your username/password by following these steps:
Some Basic Rules
- Whether booked online or by phone, cancellations must be 48 hours prior to the start of the rented slot (24 hours for the flameworking area).
- More than one qualified person must be in the studio at all times. If you intend to blow glass solo, let the staff know in the remarks section and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Because we have a small staff, if you would like to rent a slot in the evenings or on weekends, and do not have an alarm code, you must email email@example.com to check staff availability BEFORE renting the slot.
Without notifying the office before renting, there is no guarantee that your rental slot will be honored. Thank you.
If you are unfamiliar with the process of turning on and/or cycling our annealers, please download and read these instructions:
We have 2 benches that are rented in 3 hour & 45 minutes chunks of time Monday-Sunday:
10:00am - 1:45pm
2:00pm - 5:45pm
6:00pm - 9:45pm
Check out the studio availability by clicking on On-line Hot Shop Rental Calendar
Bench 1 (large glory-hole): $195 per slot
Bench 2 (small glory-hole): $165 per slot
Bench 2 (ex-large glory-hole): $220 per slot (currently unavailable)
Torch rental for use at the bench: $10 per slot
*rates subject to change
Renters must have taken a Glassblowing 1A class, or equivalent, to rent time at BAGI. If you have not taken the prerequisite classes at BAGI, but feel you have the necessary experience, you MUST contact the office to get cleared to rent.
Rental Fee Includes Use of
We have 8 torch stations. Four stations have a Nortel Minor burner, four have a Carlisle Hellcat. Our torches run on an oxy-propane mix.
Rental includes use of one torch and access to the annealer. Renters are expected to provide their own tools and glass. Basic tool sets and didymium glasses can be signed out to renters by staff for an additional $5 fee per rental.
Flame Shop rental includes:
Renters must have taken an Flameworking 1A (previously Introduction to Beadmaking), or equivalent, to rent torch time at BAGI.
Basic Tool Sets for checkout include: