“Our studio shows all our students how to take their imagination and bring it to life in a beautiful art form that is simple to learn, but has endless possibilities they can explore.” said Hasson. “We are constantly touched by the personal growth stories we get from individuals after just taking one class.”
The Open House featured gallery exhibits from glass art students and several independent glass artists, who use the studio space to enhance their art projects. In attendance were prominent glass artists, but also a number of visitors who had just discovered Fire Glass Studio. According to Hasson, guests were thrilled to discover the variety and quality of the colorful artworks on display, and, as an added bonus, they were given a chance to try their hand at creating their own one-of-a-kind fused glass art. Even some curiosity seekers found themselves at a craft table learning how to combine different shapes and colors of glass to make their own eye-pleasing keep-sakes.
Fire Glass Studio’s in-house artist and head of teaching, Darren Frale stated, “It is so much fun to see someone try their hand at glass fusioning for the first time. Watching someone go from ‘I could never do that’ to ‘I can’t wait to do it again’ makes what I do so worthwhile. Frale, who is a graduate of the Corning Museum of Glass as well as the famous Glass Furnace studios and a contributor at Santa Monica college’s Glass Art program, is an avid glass artist, who loves sharing his skill and passion with the student’s at the studio.
“We feel we have just begun to bring the special value of fused glass art to all kinds of communities and people,” said Hasson. “We can’t wait to see what we will achieve in the coming year.”