New Temple Glassworks is the studio of Colleen and Gary Grebus, New Hampshire artists who have been working with glass for many years. In 2019, they finally realized the goal of having their own studio for glassblowing.
Colleen began working in glass over 25 years ago, through the medium of stained glass. Her interests gradually expanded to glass fusing, lampworking, and finally to furnace glassblowing. She currently creates work using all of these techniques. She especially enjoys making glass beads and jewelry at the torch, and sculptural items at the furnace. Colleen has taken classes at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Snow Farm New England Craft Program, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Franklin Pierce University.
One day in 2007, Colleen said “You should try glassblowing… it’s fun!”, and that was the beginning of their partnership in creating objects from molten glass. Gary’s interest (addiction?) in glass has grown from the occasional class to now regular work in the hot shop. He enjoys the craft and the art of glassblowing, making both traditional functional and decorative objects. Gary has taken classes at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Snow Farm New England Craft Program, Worcester Center for Craft, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
Why are we “New” Temple Glassworks?
Because we’re not the first to blow glass in Temple, NH! Between 1780 and 1782, Robert Hewes of Boston operated the New England Glassworks at a location in the southern part of Temple. This was the first glass factory in northern New England, and is a source of great pride for the town. We were thrilled to be able to locate our studio in Temple and expand on this great tradition.