Welcome to BioGlass.org : A source of information for the research and development of eco-efficient glass studios world wide.
The research, development and potential utilization of renewable fuel sources and community resources to create eco-efficient glass-making techniques with a new perspective in the art glass studio. Sustainable studio practices help glass artists make more profit, further educational programs, preserve glassmaking techniques, as well as increase the ability to protect the future of glassmaking and simultaneously maintain awareness of our natural environment.
Members of BioGlass intend to provide product development, new equipment, education, outreach and incubation programs for artists. In doing so, we shall protect the glass making heritage that is more than 4,000 years old that is currently threatened by cost and limitations of fossil fuels.
In developing new habits and glass making techniques, the ancient tradition may continue into the future with opportunities for economic development in arts and eco-tourism industries as well as improving education for both artists and admirers of glass.
In this site you will find research results and links to engineering sites and websites of glass studios who are pursuing the same goals.
Please join our FACEBOOK discussion page for specific conversation topics including alternative fuel sources, recuperation, and recycled glass.
A typical, modern glass studio consumes 2- 6 million BTU of gas per day, for which prices have tripled since 2001, resulting in numerous closures of glass studios worldwide. Thousands of years of heritage and tradition are being extinguished. Costs of operating a glass studio combined with the loss of waste heat from the furnace make this an opportunity to collaborate efforts, to save fossil fuels, and provide community-based heating.
Artists and designers must respond quickly and creatively to the current human and environmental challenges with innovative ideas that apply to our interconnected world.
The initial study of energy alternatives addresses the need to reduce greenhouse gases, and simultaneously recognizes the critical state of existence of glass production studios. I plan to design a link between using current resources efficiently and introducing alternative renewable heating technologies for glass melting needs; building a bridge between local artisans and community energy systems to create a positive environmental impact and to protect the glass making tradition.