Tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Alison Sigethy will give you a backstage view of this busy art center and introduce you to some of the compelling artists who call it home.
Alison will escort you back to her studio, where you will learn about her art and discover how she transforms salvaged glass—such as bottles and windows—into beautiful organic sculptures.
Hands-On Glassworking Project
You'll create a small sculpture to take home using a few basic glassworking techniques.
Thursday (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
August 1 | August 22 | August 29
September 5 | September 19
Saturday (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
August 3 | August 10 | August 24 | August 31
September 7 | September 14 | September 21
Sunday (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
August 4 | August 11 | August 25
September 1 | September 8
The Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts 82 artists' studios, as well as galleries, workshops, and an archaeology museum. But originally, the waterfront building had a much different mission. Built by the U.S. Navy as a torpedo factory, it housed a flurry of munitions-making activity throughout World War II. At the end of the war, the workers left for good and the building served as a storage facility until 1974, when the City of Alexandria renovated and reopened it as the art collective it remains to this day.
Filled with bubbles, glowing light, and intricate sea creatures, Alison Sigethy's Sea Core Bubble Tubes look like living aquariums—but the artist actually crafted everything from glass. They're the kind of nature-inspired pieces that typify Alison's work, which incorporates salvaged materials. Since becoming a full-time glass artist in 2003, she's been honored as a Smithsonian Presents speaker and a featured artist in The Phillips Collection’s museum shop. Passionate about introducing people to new experiences, Alison's taken more than 200 people and a few exceptionally curious toasters on tours of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where she's been a resident artist since 2007.