Open Studio sessions started in July 2020 at our location at Temple Emanu-EL, 2500 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817. In order to enroll in an Independent Studio, you must have had at least 2 instructional classes or send an email request to to request an exception.

The next open studio sessions starts April 1 through June 15. There will be no classes the week of April 22, 2024.

We ask members to participate in the Studio Maintenance activity on June 22 from 0900-1200.

We have 3 independent studio periods. See times below.

Each session enrolls ten (10) people, including the studio monitor(s).

We have also added sessions whereby a GFC member who is not enrolled in a class may pay $25 to use outdoor equipment on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Independent Studio

Monday 6 pm – 9 pm

Tuesday 6 pm – 9 pm

Saturday 1 pm – 4pm

Member price $250

Non-member price $280

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to track the studio sessions automatically via software at this time, and classes are first come-first served so if it fills before we can update the site manually, there is a chance that is the time is full. If so, we will contact you and issue you a refund.


Venue: Temple Emanu-el at 2550 Pali Hwy. Turn onto Jack Lane. Lots of parking.

We are offering independent studio sessions to experienced fused glass makers. Our venue also currently functions as day care for essential workers, therefore, we can only offer one daytime session at this time on Saturdays. 

There are three independent studio periods per week. Each is three hours long. There is a studio monitor in each period to ensure access to the site, show people where the equipment is, and to make sure the studio is tidy before everyone leaves.  This person is not an instructor. Rather, this is an opportunity to come together with other fused glass enthusiasts to make art.

Firing is done on premises, each person is allowed 12 square feet per 10 week session but not all at once, meaning that firing should not be done at the end of the semester.

Independent Studio session entails:

  • Three hour period to make glass.
  • Firing on site.
  • Equipment:  Ring saw,  tile saw, grinder, circle cutter, band saw, drill press, lap grinder, & belt sander.
  • Frit, stringers, noodles, enamel powders, & paper are sold on on site.
  • Glass can also be purchased under Buy Supplies under the Store tab on the home page.
  • Glass, molds, cutters, tools, etc., can be purchased off site by contacting Marie Kastensmith at

For more information please email:


STEP 1. Contact Information:

STEP 2. Pay the fee

Select the correct button below. Please note that if you need to make any changes, you must contact us in advance. We are not flexible with timing due to limitations of space. The time you reserve must be the accurate.

Cost for members is $250, non-members $280 for a 10 week session.

Mondays 6 pm – 9 pm, Members: $250

Mondays 6 pm – 9 pm, Non-members: $280

Tuesdays 6 pm – 9 pm, Members: $250:

Tuesdays 6 pm – 9 pm, Non-members: $280

Saturdays 1 pm – 4 pm, Members: $250

Saturdays 1 pm – 4 pm, Non-members: $280

STEP 3. Sign the Waiver

Please sign the WAIVER to enroll. One copy must be on file for each person whether you are participating in open studio, classes, or both. Send your completed form to

Once we have your contact information, fees, and waiver we will confirm your enrollment and see you in open studio!

Equipment-Only Sessions

The following rental form is for members who would like to use outside equipment and are not registered for a class or studio. This is for either Monday or Tuesday evenings 6 – 9 pm.  The fee is $25. You must indicate which evening you are signing up for in the box below. Sign up has to be one week in advance. Only outside equipment can be used, and not the equipment inside the classroom.  The individual needs to be a member of GFC and needs to know how to use the equipment.  The equipment includes:  lap grinder, sandblaster, drill press,  band saw, and belt sander. If the time you chose is already taken, we will contact you to set up an alternate time.

STEP 1. Sign up:

STEP 2. Payment

The fee for the equipment only sessions is $25 each session.

STEP 3. Sign the Waiver

Please sign the waiver if you have not done so before. The consent above is a mandatory addition to the waiver for rental of the equipment. One copy of the waiver must be on file for each person whether you are participating in open studio, classes, or equipment rental. Send your completed form to

Once we have your sign up/consent, payment, and waiver we will contact you to confirm or reschedule depending on the equipment’s availability. Thank you!