The Glass Furnace
The Glass Furnace is an international glass center built in the green fields of Black Sea Region. The Glass Furnace was established by Yılmaz Yalçınkaya to deliver primary goals such as to provide a high standard of education to its students, to form a common meeting group for local and international artists who are interested in glass art, and to contribute to the development of contemporary Turkish glass and fine arts.
The Glass Furnace was first designed as a glass studio but has quickly become one of the world’s leading glass schools and this is the outcome of a long and intensive work. Since the day it was founded, The Glass Furnce has been hosting world renowned artists, teaching various glass techniques to Turkish students and students from all over the world, through different duration workshops.
Our visitors have the opportunity to observe glass production – the income of which contributes to education expenses – to participate in some of the applications, to see the works by world-renowned artists and to shop at the store where hand-made glass products are sold.
The participants of two day workshops of glasss blowing, fusing, kiln casting and bead making, have the opportunity to apply the techniques they choose and to make their first objects out of glass.
During the two week courses taught by world renowned artists, students experience two weeks of art, glass and nature, and form new friendships. The location of the Glass Furnace also gives international students the opportunity to discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of İstanbul.
The Glass Furnace welcomes artists who wish to form training groups of their own, glass producers who need to rent a studio and individuals or corporations who wish to conduct trainings and meetings in a completely different and beautiful environment.
The Glass Furnace, as a non-profit organization, continues to encounter different cultures, experiences and backgrounds and improve the art of glass.