ArtsQuest Glass Studio

The Lehigh Valley's only hot glass studio!


The Lehigh Valley's only hot glass studio, the Hot Glass Studio at the Banana Factory offers a variety of beginning and advanced classes and workshops in glass blowing, glass sculpting, flameworking and more. The glass studio's artists can also be commissioned to create a wide range of custom glass art including sculptures, installation pieces and decorative & functional glassware perfect for home, business or personalized gifts. For more information on the glass studio or commissioning a work of art, please contact Deb Miller at or 610-332-1325.

You can even take classes- doesn't matter if you've never done it before, or if you're a seasoned pro- we've got something for you!

ArtsQuest Dedicates New 'The Four Elements' Glass Sculpture at ArtsQuest Center

The Four Elements "The Four Elements," a stunning glass sculpture that features hundreds of pieces of handmade glass and stands 40 feet tall.

Located in the center of the ArtsQuest Center's three-story-tall spiral staircase, The Four Elements is a dynamic work of art that features more than 900 custom-crafted glass pieces, each one made at ArtsQuest's Hot Glass Studio at the Banana Factory, the only hot glass studio in the region. The work of art, dedicated during a special ceremony today, was designed by ArtsQuest glass studio artists John Choi and Dennis Gardner and took more than six months to create.

Made possible through the gracious support of principal donors Hal and Terri Lubsen of Center Valley, The Four Elements weighs approximately 3,700 pounds and is illuminated by hundreds of LED lights, highlighting the unique characteristics of each piece of glass. The sculpture was created using a variety of glass making techniques including hot glassblowing, glass sculpting, flameworking and stained glass techniques.

Since early fall 2011, Choi and Gardner, along with glass artists Dan Getz, Brian Toseland and students at the Banana Factory's hot glass studio, have put hundreds of hours into the project, with the goal of completing the work of art for the ArtsQuest Center's first anniversary celebration, set for April 26-29. All of the 900-plus glass pieces were hand-set on the sculpture, a process that took more than two weeks to complete.

"With The Four Elements, we wanted to represent something that is universal to everyone while looking at it in a spiritual way," says Choi, Glass Studio Director for the Hot Glass Studio at the Banana Factory. "It's our hope that this work of art encourages people to think about what's important in life - to celebrate life and being alive and appreciate everything that's around us."

"When viewers look at The Four Elements, I hope it gives them a sense of excitement and reminds them of what's really important in life," says Gardner, ArtsQuest's Glass Studio Manager. "One of the reasons we created this work of art is to highlight the fact that the ArtsQuest Center is a cultural arts center that showcases a variety of art forms. While many people visit the building for concerts, we want this piece to remind them of the important role the visual arts play in our lives."

In addition to the Lubsens, several local businesses and individuals also stepped up to help make the work of art a reality. Among those lending a hand to help complete the sculpture were the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers Local #36, which assembled and installed the armature; Sobrinski Painting, which painted the armature; Albarell Electric, which did the electrical work; ArtsQuest Project Director John Raymond; and Barry Isett & Associates, which provided structural engineering services.

Glass Suppliers and Tool Vendors that Support the Studio

Warner Stained Glass

Wale Apparatus Co. Inc.

Spiral Arts, Inc

Gaffer Glass

Donors Supporting the Glass Studio

Bethlehem Apparatus Corporation

Master Gaffer
Bank of America Foundation
Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem
R.K. Laros Foundation
MetLife Foundation
Starters Riverport

Honorary Gaffer
Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
Conectiv Energy
Linny & Beall Fowler
Fulton Financial Advisors
Just Born, Inc.
Lafayette Ambassador Bank
Ardath Rodale

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Binney & Smith, Inc.
Blair Custom Homes
David & Linda Dyson
Gross, McGinley, LaBarre & Eaton, LLP
Holt Foundation
Mack Trucks, Inc.
McDermott Investment Advisors
The Morning Call
James Nallo
Spillman Farmer Architects
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Yaissle

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Aesthetic Surgery Associates
Landmark Commons
Bruce Loch
Northampton Community College
Sperry Van Ness's Imperial Realty

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