One of the most popular studios in the Breckenridge Arts District, the Hot Shop accommodates “hot arts” like silversmithing, encaustic painting, and lampworking—the art of working glass rods behind a torch for small projects like marbles and beads. A new facility designed to be harmonious with the historic structures on campus, the Hot Shop takes up a small footprint, similar to other mining era buildings. Inside, the contemporary space is outfitted with hanging electrical outlets and state-of-the-art ventilation and lighting systems. There are special benches and an acetylene tank for silversmithing, an oxy-propane system and kiln for lampworking, and a hood for future glass-blowing. Local art instructors keep the studio hopping with a robust schedule of demonstrations and hands-on workshops, and visiting artists light it up on special occasions. 

Photos: Liam Doran
Video: TV8 Summit Television