Health and Safety at The Studio

Health and Safety at The Studio

Message from the Director

Dear Studio Friends, 

A glassworker pours molten glass into a mold while wearing protective gloves and mask.

The Studio is committed in its mission to be a leader in the international glass community. As the situation changes and new guidlines are issued by the CDC and New York State, we continue to adjust our protocol for operating with health and safety as our top priorities. Our team has developed new techniques and equipment to allow for safe glassmaking under these circumstances, and we have installed alternate inflation devices in all of our hot shops. We are sharing this detailed protocol with you so that your decision to visit The Studio and participate in our on-site programming is fully informed.

I am proud that The Studio team is part of a global network of artists who share ideas and support one another. This protocol is carefully tailored to our facility in Corning, but we welcome you to use this information and adapt it to your own practice and studio. As this situation evolves, this information will be updated.  

All my best, 

Amy Schwartz 

Classes at The Studio

Because classes require participants to work in close proximity for an extended period of time, The Studio is requiring that students, instructors, and teaching assistants attending on-site classes must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Make Your Own Glass visitor program of short experiences are not considered classes.

Visiting The Studio

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors to The Studio, and required for unvaccinated visitors (over age 2), as required by New York State. This policy applies to renters and participants in Make Your Own Glass experiences. Masks must cover your nose and mouth and be a minimum of 2-ply construction.

For unvaccinated individuals, masks may only be removed if:

  1. Leaving the building and socially distancing (SD) one's self in accordance with Museum Campus policy.
  2. Entering a designated sitting/eating/drinking SD space with tables/chairs set up.

Learn more about workspace procedures at The Studio: 

Furnace Working

Alternative Inflation Device

Flameworking 

Kiln Working 

Cold Working and Engraving

What's Different at The Studio

  • Disinfectant is provided throughout the facility for staff and visitors to use on demand.
  • Every Studio classroom has a sink and disinfecting soap.

Visitor Protocols at The Studio

  • Masks are available to all visitors upon entry to The Studio. Masks are required for unvaccinated visitors.
  • For Studio classes, one mask per student per day is available unless in a wet or dirty environment where the mask integrity may be compromised, and additional masks are needed.
  • For Studio classes, all students, instructors, and teaching assistants must provide verifiication that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate.
  • For unvaccinated visitors, drinking water or other beverages should include first washing hands, then removing mask at least 6 feet (1.5 m) away from others, drinking, and replacing your mask immediately.
  • Demonstrations and close-up visual learning will be managed with social distancing guidelines in mind. Students gathering tightly around an instructor is discouraged. Viewing a demonstration will be managed with a rotation of students, allowing one person to come close, and then step away to allow the next person to step close. 

Furnace Working

The Studio is requiring that students, instructors, and teaching assistants attending on-site classes must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy does not apply to renters and Make Your Own Glass participants.

For unvaccinated visitors, masks are required in The Studio, and this will necessitate glassblowing process changes in the hot shops. Our policy does not allow masks to be removed or even for a blowhose to be pushed under the mask. Alternate Inflation Devices that attach to the blowpipe and operate with a foot pedal have been installed at each bench. 

Everyone must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter the Hot Shops without a mask. 

What's Different at The Hot Shop

  • If you are unvaccinated, you must wear a mask and use the alternate inflation devices to inflate glass.
  • If you have your own blowpipes and gathering tools, you are encouraged to bring them to The Studio. Lockers are available.
  • If you are vaccinated, you may blow into the pipes. Pipes may be passed between a gaffer and assistant, but only one individual may be designated to blow into the pipes.
  • For Studio classes, students will be provided a designated set of pipes for their individual use. 

Visitor Protocols at The Hot Shop

  • Everyone should always wash/disinfect their hands when arriving to the hot shop.
  • All students and staff in the hot shop are encouraged to practice social distancing whenever possible.
  • Multiple crack-off stations will be used to increase social distancing while cycling pipes and punties.

Alternate Inflation Device

Our team has developed techniques and equipment to allow for safe glassmaking, including an Alternate Inflation Device for our hot shops. This Alternate Inflation Device can be modified to include two foot pedals. The air pressure for each foot pedal can be independently tuned so that the gaffer can have a high-pressure and low-pressure option – the equivalent of requesting an assistant to blow harder or blow softer. Check out the following resources to learn more about the device and how to create your own. 

If you have questions about constructing or using an Alternate Inflation Device, please reach out to [email protected].  

Alternate Inflation Device in Action

Alternate Inflation Device: A Closer Look

Alternate Inflation Device Parts List 

Alternate Inflation Blowpipe Adapter Design 

Alternate Inflation Blowpipe Adapter 3D Print File 

Alternate Inflation Device Electrical Box

Alternate Inflation Device Diagram

Alternate Inflation Device Two Pedal Electrical Schematic

The Hot Shop Rental

  • Pipes and punties will be in limited supply. Plan on increased crack off and reheat time if doing fast production. Bringing your own gathering tools is encouraged. 
  • Renters will be required to wear masks, or provide verification that they are fully vaccinated.
  • Renters are advised to practice social distancing whenever possible. 
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash/disinfect their hands when arriving to and departing from The Studio hot shops. 
  • Disinfectant will be provided for renters to use. 

Learn more about rentals

Blowpipe Sanitization and Barrier Protection 

The Studio provided alcohol wipes for blowpipe mouthpieces and disposable cardboard blowpipe covers for artists who chose to use them, as well as for the public in the Make Your Own Glass hot shops. The cardboard covers are sourced from the Jonesville Paper Tube Corporation in Jonesville, Mississippi, and are waxed and sized for the outside diameter of the mouthpiece of a blowpipe (.625 inches in diameter by 1 1/2 inches long). The cardboard covers are not currently being used at The Studio in lieu of Alternate Inflation Devices. 

Flameworking

The Studio is requiring that students, instructors, and teaching assistants attending on-site classes must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy does not apply to renters and Make Your Own Glass participants.

For unvaccinated visitors, masks are required at The Studio, and this will necessitate inflation process changes in the Flameshop. Our policy does not allow masks to be removed or even for a blowhose to be pushed under the mask. We are utilizing a "blowhose" mask adaptor that allows for safe blowing and inhaling while remaining masked. This device can be affixed to a disposable mask.

What's Different with Flameworking

  • Unvaccinated flameworkers are required to utilize a "blowhose" mask adaptor that allows for safe blowing and inhaling while remaining masked. This device can be affixed to a disposable mask.

Visitor Protocols with Flameworking

  • Everyone should always wash/disinfect their hands upon arrival to the Flameshop.
  • Each flameworker will have their own designated tools at their workstation.
  • Demonstrations and close-up visual learning are encouraged to incorporate social distancing when possible. Students gathering tightly around an instructor for an extended amount of time is discouraged. Viewing a demonstration can be managed with a rotation of students in proximity to the instructor. 

Flameshop Rental

  • Renters are required to wear masks unless they provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Renters are advised to practice social distancing whenever possible. 
  • Renters are encouraged to bring their own glass and tools.  
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash/disinfect their hands when arriving to and departing from The Studio work rooms. 
  • Disinfectant is provided for renters to use. 

Kiln Working

The Studio is requiring that students, instructors, and teaching assistants attending on-site classes must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy does not apply to renters.

Visitor Protocols with Kiln Working

  • Safety glasses are always required when working in the kiln room and other workspaces.
  • Masks are required in the kiln working areas unless an individual provides verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Masks may become soiled from the working environment and need to be monitored and replaced when required.  
  • Tools are assigned to individuals where possible. 

Kiln Rental

  • Renters are required to wear masks unless they provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Renters are advised to practice social distancing whenever possible.  
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash/disinfect their hands when arriving to and departing from The Studio work rooms. 
  • Disinfectant is provided for renters to use. 

Learn more about rentals

Cold Working and Engraving

The Studio is requiring that students, instructors, and teaching assistants attending on-site classes must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy does not apply to renters.

Visitor Protocols with Cold Working and Engraving

  • Safety glasses are always required in the cold working and engraving rooms.
  • Masks are required in the cold working and engraving areas unless an individual provides verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Masks may become moist from the coldworking process and need to be monitored and replaced when required.  
  • Tools are assigned to individuals where possible. 

Cold Shop and Engraving Rental 

  • Renters are required to wear masks unless they provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash/disinfect their hands when arriving to and departing from The Studio work rooms. 
  • Disinfectant is provided for renters to use. 

Learn more about rentals