Back in 2004, Neusole Glassworks was founded as a company before going non-profit in 2008. Neusole is a full public-access glassblowing studio located in Forest Park.
“We teach all of the glass arts including blowing, kilnforming, flameworking and casting,” explains Neusole Executive Director Debbie Bradley. “Our mission is to educate the public in arts.”
The inspiration for Neusole began back when the company’s founder began blowing glass at Ohio State when he was in college. From that point forward, Bradley says, glass has been his passion.
Today, there are only a select number of public access nonprofit glass studios in the U.S. because of the high costs associated with it. Neusole is a part of the John J. Schiff III Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit private operating foundation that was founded by a private donor and now has a board of directors, with Bradley leading the way as executive director.
Part of what makes Neusole unique is the Ornament Blow option. “The Ornament Blow is a fantastic experience for both young and old,” says Bradley. “Our artists help the individual create a keepsake blown glass ornament. The individual gets to pick the colors and shape of the ornament.”
To help minimize wait time, Neusole allows families to book time slots that are the most convenient for them. People can also come before their scheduled times to watch others do it. Following the class the glass gallery is open to the public as well as the gift shop.
At Neusole, there are not set schedules for classes because the goal is to allow everyone in on the fun. “We create all of our classes around the consumer’s schedules,” says Bradley. “In addition, we offer demonstrations and tours.”
As for the new year, Bradley says that it’s going to be a great one for Neusole. “We are introducing other art forms to our repertoire of glass classes,” she says. “We are slowly going to roll them out over the first quarter but you can look for classes in such areas as marionette making, pen and pencil art, older art forms such as textiles and yarns, basketry, precious metal clays, polymer clays and various jewelry classes.”
The nonprofit is moving toward becoming a full-blow creative arts center, according to Bradley.