Even though Gather Glass has been in business for over six years, they just opened their first brick and mortar location. You may recognize them from their mobile unit at WaterFire, where they do glassblowing demos of jewelry and small sculptures. Now, with the new location, Gather has opened their doors to the world of glassblowing with hands-on classes in their studio.
Ben Giguere, one of the creators of Gather, has been blowing glass for 20 years and is incredibly excited about this new chapter. “A Gather class is a community space for blowing glass, bringing people together and bringing in other artists to work in here as well. We do our own one-of-a-kind work, but we also work closely with some non-profits, for a good cause here in Providence,” he says.
Classes are offered a minimum of two days a week, mostly in the evenings. You work closely with a master glassblower from start to finish, applying color to the glass, heating your piece and inflating it with air, to create your very own ornament (hello, perfect holiday gift!), paperweight or drinking glass. Ben has plans for even more classes and projects down the road, like one-on-one lessons, and Gather is also part of Gallery Night, so you can also get a peek at the studio then. This strong sense of community he strives for symbolizes why they chose the name Gather. “It’s an all-encompassing name. It’s part of the process when you’re blowing glass and it’s also bringing people together and working with the community.”
Catch Gather’s mobile unit at the last WaterFire of the year on November 5. 521 Atwells Avenue. GatherGlass.com