In 1971, Charlie Correll took a part time job blowing glass at the Jamestown Glasshouse of 1608 while attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Today, he works in his studio in Conway, Massachusetts blowing glass and building hotshop equipment for private studios and educational institutions all over the country and the world.
He has lived through the history of the studio glass movement. A stint at Nourot Glass Studio in California was followed by the opening of his own studio in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He has moved through the growing field of American Glass, selling through small churchyard fairs in the beginning to showing in the premier craft and arts galleries throughout the country.
Through this time he improvised furnaces from a pallets of bricks, learning from scratch, going on to design and build furnaces that have become a standard in the field. Adapting industrial techniques to the small scale of the studio, he designed and built his first recuperative glass furnace in 1981. The new designs resulted in better glass, more durable furnaces, and a 60% reduction in his fuel consumption. As word spread, and as the field changed, the need for quality glass melters was met by Correll Glass Studio.
Browse through the pages to see the furnaces, annealers, glory holes, control and safety systems and recuperative burner systems offered by Correll Glass Studio. Check out the tools pages for specialty tools and equipment. Read the papers about recuperation and insulation, and about controlling the glass furnace. Visit the Glass Gallery to see the new pieces. Write, email, fax or call for any additional information you may need about the hotshop.