Makers Station to Unveil New Glass Studio This Friday

Public Invited to Free Open House
By VICTORIA FORD | Jun 26, 2019

Eagleswood — The Makers Station Gallery in West Creek will have an open house on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of a new glass studio and to share information about new structured classes available.

Free to the public, the shop invites the creative and curious to enjoy glassblowing demonstrations while sampling snacks and refreshments in a friendly, festive atmosphere.

The Makers Station is owned by Albert Gomez, who purchased the old Shinn’s Garage on Main Street almost 30 years ago and has transformed the building to house his pottery workshop and gallery filled with hundreds of handmade treasures. Helping him out is Jeff Ruemeli (also the ceramics studio manager at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies), who will teach and make his own glass creations there.

The spacious ceramics studio can accommodate up to 20 students with 10 electric potter’s wheels; students can choose between hand-building and wheel-throwing instruction. Gomez makes his own stoneware in a Hobart clay mixer and has a pug mill that shapes the clay into manageable cubes that can also be sliced for tiles. A separate room is dedicated to various high-fire glazes, and the propane gas-fired kiln is big enough for tall pots.

Ruemeli has recently relocated his glassblowing operation to Gomez’s from the Tuckerton Seaport and is eager to share his art form.  —V.F.



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