Glassworks Studio

students in glassblowing studio

The Glassworks Studio is a state of the art glassblowing facility and gallery located in the Enterprise Center. This is a working art studio where students, professional staff and visiting artists demonstrate this dynamic and vibrant art form daily. Each semester the Glassworks Studio offers a variety of glassblowing classes including a night class which is available to non-matriculated adult learners. Feel free to visit the studio, feel the heat and perhaps purchase a one of a kind piece of art glass on your next visit to campus!

Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists at the Salem State University Glassworks Studio

A four-week residency held annually in July during which artists can fully explore an idea or series of ideas in glass, free from economic constraints. This residency will allow a pivotal evolution for each resident to find and explore their voice in the medium of glass. Accepted artists will live on the Salem State University campus and work in the university’s Glassworks studio. 

This program is made possible through the generosity of Ira and Judy Rosenberg and Salem State University. 

If you need more information about the Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists at the Salem State University Glassworks Studio or have questions about the application process, please contact Jeffrey Mentuck at 978.542.7367 or

Or you may download a pdf of a brochure about this program; the brochure's content is available below.

Glassworks Studio at Salem State University

The Glassworks is a state of the art glassblowing facility. The studio is equipped with a 375 pound glass melting furnace, two 18” Glory Holes, Garage, top loading and front loading annealing ovens, pickup oven, two minor burners for torch-working a 18” flat lap wheel with various magnetic diamond wheels and a polishing lathe as well as various optic molds bench torches and other related equipment.

Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an important partner in the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston region. Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State provides a diverse community of learners a high quality, student-centered education; one that prepares them to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society.

Program Details

  • This residency program will accept four glass artists for the month of July.
  • The accepted artists will assist each other daily, working in teams to realize their individual artistic goals.
  • The residency includes scheduled access to the Glassworks studio (9 am - 4:30 pm, weekdays), apartment style housing (next to the studio) and meals. 
  • Residents will be expected to give a formal public presentation or slide show of their techniques, process and inspiration. 
  • The Glassworks studio will be open to public viewing during the course of the residency. Visitors will routinely be watching the residents as they execute their designs. 
  • Residents must submit as part of their application a residency plan. This plan should outline the intent and goals of the residency. Residents are expected to adhere as closely as reasonable to their plan. 
  • Residents will take part in a seminar about the business of making glass art.
  • Residents will be expected to donate two completed pieces of first quality work to the university: one for the university’s permanent collection, and another for auction to benefit the studio. 
  • Residents are responsible for their own transportation to and from the residency, as well as packing and shipping the work produced during the residency. The Glassworks studio will not store or ship any work.
  • Residents are responsible for their own colored glass (96 COE) and specialty materials or tools. The Glassworks studio will provide the studio and it’s components as well as clear glass. 

Application Submission Information

Application deadline is 5 pm on Friday, April 15, 2016 with final decisions announced in early May. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include your:

  • Full Name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone
  • Email

Submission Materials

Please note that materials submitted by applicants may be used for promotional purposes and will not be returned.


Please include a USB drive or CD with 10 photos of your best current work. Photos should be formatted as JPEG’s. Please title images with your last name and the image number, which corresponds to your image information sheet. (e.g., “Smith01, Smith02”)

Image Information Sheet 

Please include the following elements:

  • Image number
  • Title
  • Dimensions 
  • Description technique and date of completion (Include this document in Microsoft word or PDF format)

Residency Plan

Please include a one-page statement on what you would like to explore, produce, learn, and accomplish during your residency. Include the impact an opportunity like this would have on your career and artistic development. 

(Include this document in Microsoft word or PDF format)

Current Resume 

Including any relevant shows or exhibitions as well as relevant work experience.

(Include this document in Microsoft word or PDF format)


Please supply three references who can speak about your artistic and glass-working abilities. Include email and phone contact information for each. 

(Include these documents in Microsoft word or PDF format)

Application Fee

$25 (non-refundable) 

Include a check or money order made out to “Salem State University Glassworks” with your application materials.

Completed application package should be forwarded to: 

Jeffrey Mentuck
Glassworks Studio
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970