Monterey GlassWorks is a for profit glass art and design studio. We perform two main activities here at MGW: glass art production and glass art services.
MGW designs and produces high quality glass art for home and commercial businesses. Our in house staff designers and artists work with owners, architects and designers to design the work using modern digital tools to design, render and build tooling for sophisticated one-off creative works. We then complete its production using a mix of traditional glass blowing and casting techniques in a modern sustainable studio.
We produce two main types of glass art: installation works and tabletop works.
Installation works consist of suspended lighting and sculpture, wall hung lighting, panels or sculpture, and floor mounted lighting or sculpture.
Tabletop works include decorative works (sculptures, trophies, etc) as well as functional works (drinkware, bowls, vases).
Our designers use modern digital 3d tools (eg Rhino) and fabshop for fabricating tooling (CNCs, 3D printers). We also partner with metal casters and fabbers for more complex requirements like cast iron cast molds.
We normally partner with external metal, stone and woodworkers for completed works.
No, though we are happy to provide recommendation for local area installations. We provide all instructions for electrical and load requirements for contractors and installers.
Insured art crating and shipping services.
Yes, please do!
MGW feels it is important to foster an appreciation for artist produced glass here on the central coast of California. We wish to inspire an appreciation for it among young students looking to explore a career in the arts, as well as support and foster a rich community of working artists and collectors in the local region. We do this with three primary services:
This is a six week course that we teach three times a year.
Yes. Our Intro to glassblowing class is suitable for both beginners and intermediate students looking to advance their skills beyond basic forms to include color and more complex shapes/techniques. Many students take it multiple times until they feel comfortable renting their own studio time to make their own works.
Students who have reached a level of competence on basic glassblowing or Kiln work often ask for help learning a specific technique. For Kiln artists (warm glass), we would recommend you use open studio time to practice. If you contact us in advance we can help you find support and arrange for kiln programming/space to help demonstrate the new technique. For glassblowers (hot shop), reach out to let us know more about your need and we are happy to help.
We have open studio rental for both warm and cold shop for any past students that wish to continue on growing and practicing their skills. For the hot shop, we do not support public rental time and instead suggest you try BAGI or Public Glass. We do support professional artists wishing to contract or collaborate on access and support for project works, If you are a professional artist, please see our Artist Services page for more info.
Yes we do.
A maximum of 30 persons. The rentable private space consists of the hotshop and warm shop demo areas, the front retail space which can be configured for serving, and the upstairs Furnace Gallery space for mingling/viewing or catering.
We do. We can help you find a caterer if you are coming in from out of town, or can work with your own if you have a preference.
Let us know how we can help.