Exciting changes and momentum are happening with Riverglass Public Glass Studio and School, the Southeast’s soon to be largest public access glass facility being built north of the River Arts District (NoRAD) on Riverside Drive. The Riverglass board has voted unanimously to change the name to the North Carolina Glass Center (NCGC). This is to reflect the wide reaching impact the center will have on the State of North Carolina and the southeast. The new name celebrates the strong tradition of studio glass in North Carolina, something NCGC plans on continuing through our public access studios, resident artists, classes, galleries, and public tours.
The North Carolina Glass Center has purchased the assets of the Asheville Glass Center and took over operations June 1, 2016. Asheville Glass Center has a long history of serving the public with classes and a state of the art gallery along with being home to over 30 local glass artists. NCGC is happy to be continuing this tradition and supporting the Western North Carolina glass community. NCGC plans on continuing the classes previously held at Asheville Glass Center, expanding on these classes for the general public, keeping the glass gallery open, and continuing to offer rental spaces for glass artists. The North Carolina Glass Center is dedicated to education, exploration, and collaboration in all forms of glass. NCGC will break ground on its new facilities North of the River Arts District (NoRAD) this summer, but in the meantime will operate out of the Asheville Glass Center’s headquarters at 140C Roberts St in the River Arts District. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority awarded NCGC $200,000 to support the build out of its new studio and school space. The North Carolina Glass Center is building a state of the art public glass facility with hot, warm, and cold shops, a gallery space, a lecture space, and flex space, attracting many visitors and artists to the area to open Spring of 2017.
The North Carolina Glass Center is partially funded by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority through its tourism development fund.