The torch studio will be open during the retreat from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. The studio is outfitted mainly with Nortel Minor torches, with a total of 9 stations. You are welcome to bring your own torch, if you prefer. Please have your torch equipped with Quick Connects. At each station we have a 6 X 6 graphite pad, dunk jar, mandrel holders and a rod rest. You are expected to bring your own didymium glasses, your favorite everyday hand tools, including mandrels and any special tools that the instructor requires. You are also expected to provide your own glass. Once you've registered, you will receive a detailed materials list. There is a wide variety of glass colors for sale in the studio, the majority are $1 per rod.
The property is located in the Santa Fe National Forest, in the Glorieta Pass and at the base of the Glorieta Mesa. Be prepared for some hilly terrain and a mountainside gravel driveway. The Torch Studio and The Sweeney Collection are housed in a building that is handicap accessible.
I live at 7440 feet of altitude, which is half a mile higher than the “mile high” cities of Albuquerque and Denver, so I suggest you arrive a day early in order to acclimate. Drink plenty of water and electrolytes before, during, and after the trip. Please read up about altitude sickness so that you will be aware of any possible symptoms including light headedness and shortness of breath. The best cure is oxygen supplements or for complete relief, returning to a lower altitude.
Temperatures generally range 30 degrees cooler at night than during the day so bring layers of cotton clothing to be comfortable.
There is plenty of forest acreage for camping. The ground is hard to put stakes in but we have lots of heavy rocks. The studio has a full bathroom with a shower. Please bring your own towels, flashlights, coolers, etc. Other campsites can be had at the Santa Fe KOA which is only five miles away.
Travel and Accomodations
Glorieta Glassworks is located 20 minutes south east of Santa Fe, NM. Most visitors fly into the Albuquerque airport (ABQ) but there are direct flights into Santa Fe (SAF) from certain locations on United and American Airlines partners. Please let me know in advance if you need an airport pick up. If you need to arrange shuttle service between ABQ and Santa Fe, I recommend Sandia Shuttle Express.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS to 67 Avenida Ponderosa, Glorieta, NM 87535: From the Albuquerque airport and all points in Santa Fe, make your way to I-25 NORTH. Take exit 299 in Glorieta. At the exit, turn right. Shortly you will see a RR X-ing. Cross it and turn left. This is Avenida Ponderosa. In 3/4 mile, my driveway is on the right, on a big curve in the road marked with reflective markers. Be aware that it comes up quickly and is easy to miss. You cannot see the house or studio from the road.