“Atlanta's first complete glasslbowing center”
Janke Studios is located at Studioplex within the Atlanta city limits in the Historic Martin Luther King Jr. District. Once on the Studioplex property you will find our gallery and hot shop beautifully tucked in the corner of the Studioplex green space. We sit in the middle of downtown but on a little slice of the country. Beautiful! See Maps to pinpoint our location and follow signage on arrival. In July of 1996, Matt and Kim Janke opened Atlanta’s first glassblowing studio then called M. Janke Studios located in the Artisan Resource Center (Nunn Complex) on Cobb Parkway in Marietta. The first year Matt worked in the shop at night and as a jeweler by day while also being a father of two and teaching part time at Georgia State University. By year two Matt was full time at the studio having moved from one student to a few, having been discovered by a couple of galleries and designers and managing to have the studio pay for itself. Now nearly ten years later, the Janke’s have relocated Janke Studios, Inc., to 659 Auburn Avenue in the heart of downtown Atlanta in the historic Fourth Ward district where they now have not only a complete glassblowing studio but an art glass gallery as well. Matt and Kim continue to run a very open studio on the identical original mission to expose and promote the art of glass making throughout the Southeast and to provide a means for other artists to practice their craft. It is an honor to say that virtually all of Atlanta’s glass artists have or continue to hone their craft at Janke Studios: Jim Shumate, Tadashi Torii, Algar Dole, Mike Allison, Alex Craig, Kristin Malone, Bob Myers, Becky Bennett and The Kargs have all been active in Janke Studios over the years. The Janke’s are astounded when they look back at what they experienced upon arrival in Atlanta as compared to what is happening here today. They are also very pleased to have been given the opportunity to truly contribute to the birth of a glassblowing community in Atlanta. In Atlanta, this movement is just getting started, and the Janke’s look forward to their ten year anniversary coming in July of 2006 and what the next ten years might bring.
My husband and I signed up for the 3-hour glass blowing class. Christian and Carolena helped us make a paperweight and a cup, or in my case, a large pencil cup. We got to pick our colors and the shape we wanted. We learned a lot and found out how hard and hot the work is. Glass pieces were available to pick up in 7 days or they can ship them for $18.
The shop looks pretty rough but it seems to be functional. It is best to park in 4-story parking garage. When you leave the garage, you walk right past Janke Studio in the back area of the Studioplex.
Really great learning experience. I would not recommend the glass blowing class for kids. They have a few glass items for sale. It gets hot and you can wear shorts but MUST wear closed toe shoes.
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- Fri, Sat: 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
- Tue, Thu: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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