The RAD Studio Cruise Survivor’s Guide


The RAD Studio Cruise was formed to showcase and promote a burgeoning arts district coalescing around a two mile stretch of CSX rail line highlighting Avondale Estates, Decatur and Scottdale.  This one day event gives you the opportunity to visit a variety of  studios to get the behind the scenes look of what it takes to create art.

So take a break from the mainstream and come cruisin’.


It’s no fun cruising if the studios aren’t open.  So mark the date in your calendar.

The 8th Annual RAD Studio Cruise will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Event hours are from 11am thru 7pm .


Map IconGetting lost is a drag so GET A MAP. We know some OTP folks who treat this section of town like a different country (you know who you are), so having a map handy is a good idea. If you forget yours, most studios will have one available.

There are lot of new venues on the cruise this year. We hope that you’ll visit every single venue. This event wouldn’t be very much fun for the studio artists without your participation. Your energy gives us that extra shot of adrenalin that keeps us running through this long day.

For the smartphone aware, we have a Google Maps version.


Clock IconWhile the event starts at 11:00 pm, each individual studio sets their activities during the event. If they have shared their activity schedule, we’ll post in on the RAD website here. Most studios will have some sort of demo, some will have some sort of cruiser participation activity, while others will have exhibits. In general there will be some sort of art related activity at each event location.


Course IconWith your map and schedule in hand you’ll need to plot a course. Keep in mind that this is studio cruise and not a studio walk. Studios may be some distance from each other with busy E. Ponce de Leon and E. College dividing the zones.

Parking may be limited at each venue so there may be a little bit of walking through the neighborhood but it’ll be so worth the effort. Your handy dandy map has indicated some parking areas in the City of Avondale Estates.  Wear comfy shoes. Weather may be a little iffy at this time of year so come prepared.


Trolley IconWe have Trolleys!!!!  And they are FREE for your riding pleasure.  They make the circuit from one studio to another and will help you save some miles on your shoes.  You can hop on a trolley at any location. Trolleys will make stops every 20 to 30 minutes. Trolley docents will ride along to assist cruisers and provide information about the tour. Refer to our map and look for the RAD Trolley Stop signs!  The last trolley will start it’s run at 7:00 pm so keep that in mind if you would like to get back to your car.


mealThis year, we have a lot of food providers scattered around the route.  For a list and location, visit the RAD website here.


While cruisin’ around, take the time to visit some of OUR SPONSORS and show them some love!  They help to defray some of the production costs of the RAD Studio Cruise and without them, we wouldn’t get the opportunity to show you what we are working on in our studios.


Remember to have fun.  Ask questions. We promise that we won’t bite (much 🙂 ).

You can walk around, chat with artists, follow the beat of a different drummer, listen to music, find a gift, learn how to build a boat, watch glassblowing, watch a raku firing at the pottery studio  and much more in a single Saturday afternoon. If you are attending, share this event with your friends on Facebook with the following EVENT INVITATION and come as a group.

Want more information?  Visit the RAD Website.

Cane Mania Workshop with Matt Urban

Matt Urban Zanfirico GobletDate: April 11, 12 & 13 (Fri, Sat and Sun)
Time: 9am to 3pm for the instructor led session; 3pm to 7pm for the student practice session
Student Cost: $600 (6 students maximum)
Observer Cost: $50 per day


This three (3) day workshop covers cane making from simple to complex. Class will begin with pulling straight cane and from there on compose more intricate patterns along the lines of Ballotini and Zanfirico which are fancy names for twisty cane. Most importantly, reliable ways of creating cane will be discussed. Different methods for picking up cane and manipulating patterns will be shown. Student input will drive demonstrations. It should be a fun time to explore one of Matt Urban’s favorite topics in glassblowing.


  • Atlanta Hot Glass members are eligible to receive a 10% discount.
  • Students should be bring color bars for their experiments. Matt has suggested enamel white and a variety of transparent – cobalt, amethyst, gold and/or yellow.
  • A 50% deposit will be required to book this class
  • Please contact the studio at 404-460-2791 to reserve your slot or use the Schedule Now button below.

Schedule online now


Matt Urban Headshot[dropcap size=”220%” bgcolor=”theme”]M[/dropcap]atthew Urban attended the Philadelphia College of Art and Design, where he studied industrial design and glass. After completing his B.F.A., he worked at the Tyler School of Art, and the Philadelphia College of Art and Design. Urban has been a production assistant for Michael Schunke at Nine Iron Studio, and Tom Farbanish at Certified Glass, as well as an artist-in-residence, instructor, and gaffer with The Corning Museum of Glass, and a staff member at Pilchuck Glass School.

Urban has studied and worked around the world with numerous master glassmakers including Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretti, Dino Rosin, Gianni Toso, Elio Quarisa, Checco Ongaro, Davide Fuin, and Davide Salvadore.

In May 2007, he completed his Master’s Degree at Illinois State University in Glass/Sculpture. In 2010 he completed building his artist studio, focused on creating an ultra-low carbon footprint. Urban uses only recycled glass for all his designs and sculpture. He is the owner of Furnace Urbini Glass Works since 1999.

Fun Group Activity over the Holidays


So you’ve seen Stone Mountain Park, The World of Coca-Cola and the Aquarium and you are looking for the next adventure.  Let me suggest GLASSBLOWING.  This is a fun holiday family event (see “Hands on Experience”).  We have several slots available – just contact the studio to make a reservation.  Happy Holidays!  Susan

Ornaments galore

Ornaments galore

Gallery Reception (Friday October 4 @ 7pm)

Atlanta Hot Glass is pleased to present “The Rocket’s Journey”, featuring glass and sculpture by Philip Vinson.

The exhibit runs October 4 thru November 21, 2013 and is Vinson’s first solo show with Atlanta Hot Glass.

Please attend the opening reception at Atlanta Hot Glass on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7 pm.

Here is what the artist has to say about his show.

“I set out from Philadelphia on an open-ended Journey in October, 2011.  I shed all the belongings that would not fit into the back of my truck, and started driving West. The Rocket came about at the beginning of my Journey. It was the product of my first demonstration in River Falls, WI.  I have made many since, in various studios around the U.S.  They have come to represent characters in different scenarios, trying to understand their place in the world.
There is a lot of potential wrapped up in the idea of the Rocket, ready to blast off and explore the unknown.  Or explode on the tarmac.  Either way, these forms are meant to invoke the spirit of playful and courageous adventure.”

Gallery Opening (Friday May 24th @ 7pm)

Atlanta Hot Glass presents Works from the Collection of Philip Brachman, on view May 24th through August 13th, 2013. The glass pieces presented in AHG’s gallery reflect many different techniques in art glass from local artists spanning from 1992 to present day. Atlanta Hot Glass welcomes the public for a first look at 7pm on May 24th.

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