Glass/Metalsmithing Studio

Liz Mears demonstrates in the Center Glass Studio

About The Studio

The glass art and metalsmithing studio at the Center was renovated out of an office space in the main building of the center in 2005 as part of the center’s creation of a residential crafts school. Originally designed for bench torch glass work, in 2010 the center also began equipping the studio for small scale metalsmithing and successfully held 5 jewelry metalsmithing classes. The studio has 6 removable glass workstations and 3 small electric kilns for glass firing. It is also stocked with a supply of hard and soft glass, as well as kits for both hot glass and metalsmithing classes.

Elizabeth Ryland Mears, glass artist and now veteran instructor at the center has this to say about the studio:

“The Jacksonville Center for the Arts first asked me to teach a week long workshop in 2006 shortly after the Glass Studio had been set up in the beautifully renovated building.

As an experienced artist/flameworker, who has been in many private and public teaching studios, I was very pleased to find such a well equipped studio in a budding arts organization.  The Glass Studio boasts the latest in contemporary torches along with a tabletop kiln for every two students in the class.  While the space may seem a bit tight at first, it works really well for instructor demonstrations and facilitates great interactions between the students, who learn from each other, as well as, the instructor.  All necessary tools and glass are supplied to the students whose only requirements are to bring a desire to learn and a willingness to try something new.  My instruction leads them step by step, and at the end of the workshop I am always amazed at the quality of the objects produced by folks who have been working at the torch only a few short days.  I continue to return year after year to teach in the excellent Glass Studio at the Jacksonville Arts Center.” (2010)

Students working in the newly renovated Glass Studio, 2005

Studio Wish List

Want to know how you can help maintain and improve the Floyd Center for the Arts Glass & Metalsmithing Studio? Check out our wish list!


Drill press
A flex shaft and stand
Peek-a-boo door (with glass for viewing)
Wall-mounted storage shelves
Stainless steel industrial size sink





Renting the Studio

The Center Glass & Metalsmithing Studio is available to rent for qualified individuals. Please read our rental policies and prices below. You may also download and print a copy of our Glass Studio Rental Policies & Agreement form.

  • Renters must be instructed in procedures for using flameworking torches and firing the electric kilns by a qualified instructor before they will be cleared to work on their own.
  • Studio access available during the Center’s business hours.
  • The studio is only available to renters when the space is not otherwise scheduled. Monthly schedules are posted in the studio and in front office.
  • Rent is $120/month; $50/week; $10/day. (5% discount applies for members)
  • A $50.00 security deposit is required with rental agreement. The security deposit will be retained by the center for the duration of the agreed rental period. Unless otherwise specified, deposits will be returned after confirmation of forge condition.
  • Rental includes use of toolkits. All tools must be returned to their respective storage containers.
  • Renters will be assigned shelf space for their supplies and work upon request, and are obligated to confine their work to this space when not in the forge. Make arrangements for space with Education personnel.
  • Renters are responsible for acquiring their glass, fuel and metalsmithing materials, though the center may have some available. Arrangements must be made with Education personnel before materials are used—unplanned use may result in insufficient supplies for classes.
  • All safety precautions regarding use of glass and flammable gas MUST be adhered to.
  • Renters are responsible for damage done to tools and equipment due to negligence or mistreatment.
  • Renters are responsible for cleaning studio areas they have used.
  • Current charges for use of the electric kilns will be posted in the studio or available in the office.
  • Participants are required to sign in and out at the office during each visit.
Chris Shackleford, Dave Brown, and Wayne Bradburn consult in the glass studio before opening day.

Chris Shackleford, Dave Brown, and Wayne Bradburn consult in the glass studio before opening day.