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The Studio


Foci MCGA features a fully equipped hot shop facility, with space and equipment for kiln work, neon, fusing, and sandcasting. Whether you are a pro or just getting started, we can accommodate you!

Schedule a visit to our studios Monday - Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm.

To reserve studio shop time, qualified renters can visit our reservation system.

Online hot shop reservations must be made in 3 hour increments. Shorter sessions may be available. Call the studio to find out: 612-759-8476

All shop rental time is paid for at the studio when you check in for your reservation.

New Renters: Please email to set up an orientation. 


Studio Features

Studio features

Hot glass studio

  • (3)Glory Holes (largest 36" depth x 20" diameter)

  • (2) 400lb capacity furnace; molten glass is always ready to use

  • (4) Annealers (largest 5' width x 28" height)

  • (1) Color Hanger (to store color bits while you work)

  • (2) Pick-up ovens (can be used to preheat color bar)

  • (2) Garages

Cold Shop

  • (2) Loose grit flatting wheels

  • (1) 24” magnetic pad flatting wheel

  • (1) 4 station - 12” magnetic pad flatting machine

  • (2) Engraving lathes

  • (1) Cutting lathe

  • (1) Flexible shaft hand engraver

  • (1) Wet saw

  • (1) Upright belt sander

  • (1) Sandblaster

Mold Shop

The mold shop can be used to make a variety of molds including plaster silica molds and rubber molds. The mold shop is ventilated and fully equipped with modeling tools, cottle boards and aluminum sheeting, wax melting pots and a wax steaming table.

Kiln Shop

  • (1) Large Kiln for fusing and casting - Bonnie (76” x 54” x 17”)

  • (1) Rectangular fusing kiln with top and side elements - Denver (41” x 27” x 15”)

  • (2) Oval kilns for fusing and casting with top and side elements - Oval 1 & 2 (41” x 22.5” x 11.25”)

  • (1) Octagon kiln for fusing - Octagon (17” x 17” x 21”)

Neon Shop

  • (4) 17” Ribbon burners

  • (1) Cannon-fire


Studio Rental Pricing


Hot Shop Rental



Hot Shop Rental

$40/hr $55/hr

Bulk Purchase

$630 (35/hr)

Purchase Bulk Hours

Not Eligible

Foci MCGA Students

$20/hr $20/hr


$4.50/hr $8/hr

Extra Glass Usage (more than 5 lbs/hr)

$2/lb $3.50/lb

Propane Torch

$2.00/hr $3.50/hr

Oxy-Propane Torch

$4.50/hr $8/hr

Kiln Shop and Annealing Ovens



Bonnie, Denver, Oval 1 & 2, and Octagon

Fusing, casting or extra annealing

*Program must be approved by staff*

$35 for 24 hour

$50 for 24 hours


Cold Shop Rental



Equipment Use/Rental

$10/hr $20/hr

Bulk Purchase

$50 ($5/hr)

Purchase Bulk Hours

Not Eligible


$20 for 3oz $30 for 3oz

Neon Studio



Torch Workspace Rental

$10/hr $18/hr

Clear Glass Tubing (2 pieces)

$3 $5

Sandcasting Shop



Studio & Equipment Rental