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.  Some of you have written and asked us to share what we are doing to safely reopen. We have implemented protocol for reopening with health and safety as our top priorities. We are making adjustments to occupancy and enrollment limits, and Studio users and visitors can expect Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements and social distancing rules. 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 

Visiting the Studio

Everyone at The Studio is required to wear a mask. Masks must cover your nose and mouth and be a minimum of 2-ply construction.

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,
  3. Entering a designated “mask removal room.” In these spaces, one individual may enter, close the door, and remove their mask. This is a DIY disinfecting area. Supplies will be provided.

Entry to the building and programs inside will be directed through The Studio front doors, where a security officer will scan all guest and staff temperatures and record their entrance. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher for two successive scans may not enter The Studio. For guests and students coming and going, one reading per day is required. Repeat entries will only require checking in.

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

  • Any workspace where a minimum 6 feet (1.5 m) cannot be maintained between individuals, partitions or curtains have been installed. Partition/curtain tops will be 8 feet (2.5 m) tall and extend a minimum of 12 inches (300 mm) outboard of the work surface or table if it is a standing area, assuming 2 feet (600 mm) of shielding above a 6-foot-tall person (1.5 m).
  • All Studio workspaces have been reassessed for allowable occupancy and additional shielding under social distancing requirements.
  • Disinfectant will be provided for areas not serviced by housekeeping staff with high volume touch points (such as water coolers).
  • Every Studio classroom has a sink and disinfecting soap.
  • Doors will be propped open to avoid touching handles wherever possible, without negatively impacting the ventilation system. Push doors will remain closed and have signage encouraging operations with a shoulder, elbow, or foot.

Visitor Protocols at The Studio

  • A mask will be provided upon entry to The Studio if an individual does not bring their own.
  • For Studio classes, one mask per student per day will be provided unless in a wet or dirty environment where the mask integrity may be compromised, and additional masks are needed.
  • Visitors to The Studio are encouraged to bring their own mask.
  • Two people can be closer than 6 feet (1.5 m) without a barrier while wearing masks for instruction and transient interaction but may not be placed in that proximity on any regular basis.
  • 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 prohibited. 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. Students are required to keep 6 feet (1.5 m) from the instructor and 6 feet (1.5 m) away from each other.

Furnace Working

Masks are required on the Museum campus, 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. 

What's Different at The Hot Shop

  • Solid working, casting, or alternative inflation processes are acceptable.
  • Classes are only conducted in Hot Shop A, with class size reduced to six students, one instructor, and one teaching assistant (TA).
  • We are limiting teams to two people at each bench to enable social distancing.
  • Wooden annealer handles will be sealed to allow for a more effective disinfecting surface.

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 expected to practice social distancing whenever possible.
  • Hot Shop A bleachers will be marked for social distancing.
  • Working with an assistant as well as in a class with other teams requires extra attention to shared touch points. Participants are expected to minimize contact and develop disinfecting habits.
  • Multiple crack-off stations will be used to increase social distancing while cycling pipes and punties.
  • Communal tools must be wiped down with alcohol or other approved disinfectants before handing them to others.
  • Pipes and punties will be marked for each workstation and should remain segregated.

Alternate Inflation Device

Our team has developed new 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

The Studio is currently limiting rentals to individuals local to the Southern Tier Regional Council Zone of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties through July 31. Renters from other regions will be allowed beginning August 1. These guidelines are subject to change.

  • For hot shop rentals, no more than four people may work in either Hot Shop A or Hot Shop B at a time. (Allowing two teams of two people to work in each shop.)
  • Pipes and punties will be in limited supply and will be marked for each workstation. Plan on increased crack off and reheat time if doing fast production. Bringing your own gathering tools is allowed. 
  • Renters will be required to wear masks in addition to safety glasses. 
  • Renters must practice social distancing whenever possible, including when arriving and departing from The Studio. 
  • Renters should arrive at The Studio no earlier than 30 minutes prior to their rental reservation and depart no later than 30 minutes after. This allows for maximum social distancing and general cleaning in-between rentals. 
  • One hour of unscheduled time will take place in-between rental reservations so that surfaces and tools can be disinfected and to limit interactions. 
  • Everyone should always 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 due to the face mask requirement. 

Flameworking

A long table with four workstations, with metal boxes and flameworking torch at each station, are divided by  large, clear dividers

Masks are required on the Museum campus, 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 researching and developing several types of “alternate inflation” tools and we will share that information when it is available. 

What's Different with Flameworking

  • Occupancy in the Flameshop is reduced to nine people. Classes can accommodate seven students, one instructor, and one teaching assistant (TA).
  • The Studio Flameshop has installed plexiglass dividers to separate the table into eight workstations (see image to the right), and one new workstation is installed near the lathe.
  • Other modifications, such as changes to egress within the space and the sealing of annealing handles, are all aimed at providing a safe work environment.

Visitor Protocols with Flameworking

  • Everyone should always wash/disinfect their hands upon arrival to the Flameshop.
  • During classes, the TA or Instructor will distribute glass, specialty tools, and other consumables from bulk storage. Items will be wiped down before being handed out.
  • Each flameworker will have their own designated tools at their workstation.
  • Demonstrations and close-up visual learning will be managed with social distancing guidelines in place. Students gathering tightly around an instructor is prohibited. Viewing a demonstration will be managed with a rotation of students in proximity to the instructor. Students may also view demonstrations in the Flameshop across the table from their individual workstations.

Flameshop Rental

The Studio is currently limiting rentals to individuals local to the Southern Tier Regional Council Zone of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties through July 31. Renters from other regions will be allowed beginning August 1. These guidelines are subject to change.  

  • Renters are required to wear masks in addition to safety glasses in the Flameshop. 
  • Renters must practice social distancing whenever possible, including when arriving to and departing from The Studio. 
  • Renters should arrive at The Studio no earlier than 30 minutes prior to thier rental reservation and depart no later than 30 minutes after. This allows for maximum social distancing and general cleaning in between rentals. 
  • Renters must contact a Studio Technician if they need to do any preheating or prep work in excess of 30 minutes before their reservation. 
  • One hour of unscheduled time will take place in between rental reservations so that the Flameshop surfaces and tools can be disinfected and to limit interactions. 
  • Signage will direct renters to disinfect supplies from the scrap cabinet.   
  • Renters are encouraged to bring their own glass and tools.  
  • Disinfectant is provided for renters to use. 

Kiln Working

Masks and safety glasses are always required when working in the kiln room and other workspaces. 

What's Different with Kiln Working

An empty room with a large table that has six clear dividers.

  • Occupancy in The Studio Large Workroom will be limited to eight people, e.g., one instructor, one TA and six students or two instructors and six students. 
  • Work stations will be organized to keep students a minimum of 6 feet apart wherever possible. Plexiglass dividers are installed between work stations for added protection.
  • Kiln working demonstrations will take place in The Studio Engraving Room, which have been staged to allow for social distancing.  

Visitor Protocols with Kiln Working

  • Masks may become soiled from the working environment and need to be monitored and replaced when required.  
  • Occupancy in The Studio Kiln Room will be limited to two people at a time. Users will have assigned times for using the rooms to manage capacity.
  • Occupancy in The Studio Mold Room will be limited to two people at a time. Users will have assigned times for using the rooms to manage capacity.
  • Tools are assigned to individuals where possible. 
  • Communal tools must be wiped down with alcohol or other approved disinfectants before handing them to others. 

Kiln Rental

The Studio is currently limiting rentals to individuals local to the Southern Tier Regional Council Zone of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties through July 31. Renters from other regions will be allowed beginning August 1. These guidelines are subject to change. 

  • Renters will be required to wear masks in addition to safety glasses. 
  • Renters must practice social distancing whenever possible, including when arriving and departing from The Studio. 
  • Renters should arrive at The Studio no earlier than 30 minutes prior to their rental reservation and depart no later than 30 minutes after. This allows for maximum social distancing and general cleaning in between rentals. 
  • One hour of unscheduled time will take place in between rental reservations so that surfaces and tools can be disinfected and to limit interactions. 
  • Renters may bring no more than one assistant, who must follow all the same protocols. 
  • Everyone should always 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

What's Different with Cold Working and Engraving

  • Cold Shop occupancy is limited to eight people with only six working at a time, e.g., one instructor and six students or two instructors and six students.  
  • Engraving Room occupancy is limited to six people, e.g., one instructor and five students or two instructors and four students.
  • Cold Shop work stations will be organized to keep individuals a minimum of six feet apart wherever possible. Curtain dividers between work stations are installed for added protection. 
  • Engraving wheels have curtains installed between each workstation.   
  • Demonstrations will be staged to allow for social distance.  

Visitor Protocols with Cold Working and Engraving

  • Masks and safety glass are always required when working in the Cold Shop and Engraving Room.  
  • Masks may become moist from the coldworking process and need to be monitored and replaced when required.  
  • Tools are assigned to individuals where possible. 
  • Communal tools must be wiped down with alcohol or other approved disinfectants before being handed to others.  
  • Each tool and workspace must be wiped down with alcohol or other approved disinfectant after use.  

Cold Shop and Engraving Rental 

The Studio is currently limiting rentals to individuals local to the Southern Tier Regional Council Zone of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties through July 31. Renters from other regions will be allowed beginning August 1. These guidelines are subject to change. 

  • Renters will be required to wear masks in addition to safety glasses. 
  • Renters must practice social distancing whenever possible, including when arriving and departing from The Studio. 
  • Renters should arrive at The Studio no earlier than 30 minutes prior to their rental reservation and depart no later than 30 minutes after. This allows for maximum social distancing and general cleaning in between rentals. 
  • One hour of unscheduled time will take place in between rental reservations so that surfaces and tools can be disinfected and to limit interactions. 
  • Renters may bring no more than one assistant, who must follow all the same protocols. 
  • Everyone should always 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