Ross Art Studio occupies 5500 sq ft. in a renovated, quarter-mile-long artist/industrial building in the Hyde Park section of Boston. The fifteen-year history of the studio is a case study in steady growth and expanding capabilities. As the company’s reputation spread and we took on larger and more complicated fabrication projects, Linda and her crew devised an ongoing plan to add space and enhance the means of production.
From the early planning stages of most RAS projects the latest computer software, digital imaging, and 3-D modeling are employed to illuminate the various design options, create prototypes, and optimize the production process.
We have developed several different mold making approaches, including the use of specialty rubber and waxes to render the finest detail; proprietary investment formulae to provide the best surfaces; and custom-derived adhesion methods to lend structural stability and expand application possibilities.
We use built-to-spec kilns—some that were made to produce multiple small-object editions, one that will accommodate huge individual pieces. The computer-controlled kilns were designed to perform the demanding, precise annealing programs necessary to relieve the strain in the glass, created as the material transforms from a liquid to a solid.
We use the highest quality materials available, and are experts at navigating among the choices— including pure lead crystal Schott glass, and Gaffer casting crystal from New Zealand—to arrive at the desired color, surface character and translucence.
We are constantly adding equipment to our finishing shop—diamond cold working equipment like wet grinders and saws as well as many specialty hand tools, enabling a wide variety of finishing work. Sandblasting and acid polishing are tasks—arts—that we used to farm out and now do in-house. And our workspace is set up with scales, pulleys, lifts, and everything else needed to produce large-scale and complex pieces. We like the heavy lifting!
As impressed as we are with the new technology, as it allows for glass fabrication feats heretofore impossible, we never forget that all the great work that comes out of our studio was made by people. From our interns, some of whom studied with Linda at Mass College of Art, MIT, RISD, or Pilchuk, to the seasoned core studio crew, who does all that heavy lifting, to the designers, engineers, craftspeople who make up our international network of expert advisors and contractors—it’s human talent, passion and experience that makes RAS a singular destination for glass fabrication.