Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath and Doug Chaussee have been intrigued
by the art of working with hot glass for years. With diverse backgrounds
-a small business owner and retired police detective
- we were introduced to glass blowing through The Prairie School
and dreamed of one day having our own studio in which to create
our art and share our love of glass. The time was right in early
2005 when we met to brainstorm an idea, only weeks later finding
ourselves the owners of a dilapidated 1880's former stable in downtown
Racine - with a little vision, our dreams were becoming reality!
Now restored, this jewel is home to HOT
SHOP GLASS, a state of the art glass blowing studio and gallery!
SHOP GLASS strives to promote individual exploration and creative
expression in hot glass through teaching in a supportive, respectful
and safe learning environment which encourages skill development
glass artists and instructors, we have had the pleasure of learning
from many top glass artists from around the country including Jeremy
Popelka, Scott Kelley and Stephanie Trenchard (Popelka Trenchard
Glass), Ed Schmid (Glass Mountain Studios), Jerry Catania (Ox-Bow
& Water Street Glassworks) Steve
Feren (UW Madison), and locally renowned artist and instructor David
Drewek. We look forward to sharing what we have learned from them
Racine community has an interesting history of commitment to glass
as an artistic medium from the early days of the art glass movement
to today. In 1969, The Prairie School, a private K-12 day school,
created a hot glass shop as part of its art department under the
direction of Kent Ipsen and David Drewek. Today the school maintains
the popular glass art program for students from 7th grade through
high school. Racine is home to the nationally renowned Racine Art
Museum with an impressive collection of glass in its permanent collection.
'The Johnson Family Chandelier' by Dale Chihuly hangs prominently
in the center of the downtown headquarters of Johnson Financial. Over 12 art galleries call downtown
Racine home, many with the work of prominent regional glass artists'
work. HOT SHOP GLASS opened as a public access
studio to build on this community tradition and appreciation of
hot glass! Click
here to view our studio.