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The Story of HOT SHOP GLASS

The time was right in early 2005 when several local glass artists met to brainstorm the idea of creating a community based glass blowing facility.   Just a few weeks later they developed a plan and found the perfect spot: a dilapidated 1880’s former stable in downtown Racine.  With a little vision, and a lot of hard work, dreams became reality.  Beautifully restored, this jewel became home to HOT SHOP GLASS, a state of the art glass blowing studio and gallery!  More than a decade later the studio is as active as ever under the direction of founder Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath and co-owner Daniel Sviland.

HOT SHOP GLASS strives to promote individual exploration and creative expression in hot glass through teaching in a supportive, respectful and safe learning environment which encourages skill development and teamwork.Learning to blow glass at Hot Shop Glass located in Racine, WI

Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath & Daniel Sviland Summer 2016 Photo by Camela Langendorf, Varitay Studios

The Artists & Instructors

Daniel Sviland

Daniel is the co-owner of Hot Shop Glass, along with being a part time restaurant manager and mixologist.  Daniel’s love of glass began with stained glass at a very young age, bringing touches of color to the windows of his family home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Torch work followed and Daniel made beautiful glass beads to adorn his wife, Tina.  For many years he has been dipping into the crucible to create blown glass barware, bowls, vases and home accent pieces.  Daniel has been working and learning under some great artists including:  Lance Friedman, Shannon Jane Morgan, William Gudenrath, Boyd Sugiki, and Lisa Zerkowitz.  Being fortunate enough to take in the sights of the world while in the Air Force, Daniel has a strong vision for his glass endeavors of the future.  Daniel enjoys the teaching aspects of Hot Shop Glass as well as the ability to give back to the community through donations and support for Veterans Glass Blowing Day.  Daniel was an active studio renter at Hot Shop Glass since 2012.  In mid 2016 he became co-owner of Hot Shop Glass when founding owner Doug Chaussee retired.

Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath

An art lover since childhood, Amanda took her first formal art class at the Racine Art Museum’s Wustum campus at age 5, began creating beaded jewelry at age 8 and was introduced to glass blowing as a high school student of Dave Drewek at The Prairie School.  Amanda took several semesters of glass sculpture in college while earning a practical degree in Sociology and Social Welfare from UW Madison in 1989.   For ten years she worked as an advocate for battered women, all the while creating jewelry and blowing glass whenever she could.  In 1997 she took a chance on a dream and opened Funky Hannah’s Beads & Art.  In 2005 another dream became reality when she collaborated with other glass artists to open a public access glass blowing facility and gallery – Hot Shop Glass.  She now spends time running two arty businesses, teaching jewelry making, glass bead making and glass blowing, and creating her own art when she can!  Her work is in collections throughout the United States, Europe and South America.  Amanda has volunteered for many social justice causes and is a strong advocate for the revitalization of Downtown Racine.  She lives just north of downtown with her two kids and husband singer/songwriter Mark Paffrath.

Our Town

The Racine community has an interesting history of commitment to glass as an artistic medium from the early days of the art glass movement to today. In 1969, The Prairie School, a private K-12 day school, created a hot glass shop as part of its art department under the direction of Kent Ipsen and David Drewek. Today the school maintains the popular glass art program for students from 7th grade through high school. Racine is home to the nationally renowned Racine Art Museum (www.ramart.org) with an impressive collection of glass in its permanent collection. ‘The Johnson Family Chandelier’ by Dale Chihuly hangs prominently in the center of the downtown headquarters of Johnson Financial.  Several art galleries, jewelers and a potter call downtown Racine home.  Hot Shop Glass opened as a public access studio to build on this community tradition and appreciation of hot glass!  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, between Milwaukee & Chicago, Hot Shop Glass & Downtown Racine has become a destination for art lovers throughout the midwest and beyond.

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