What You'll Do
Let's be honest: it's fun to break stuff on purpose. For Alison Sigethy, it's more than that. It's also the first step in her artistic process. After introducing small groups to her fellow artists in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, she'll reveal how smashed bottles, windows, and glasses can be salvaged and transformed into intricate, organic objets d'art.
Tour of the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Alison Sigethy gives you a backstage view of this busy art center and introduces you to some of the artists who call it home.
In Alison's studio, students discover how she transforms salvaged glass—such as bottles and windows—into beautiful organic sculptures.
Hands-On Glassworking Project
Create a small sculpture to take home using a few basic glassworking techniques.
The experience lasts two hours. Each event is capped at 10 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.
Eco Glass Artist
Filled with bubbles, glowing light, and intricate sea creatures, Alison'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 her 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.
Where You'll Meet
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.
When You'll Meet
You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
The glass-art experience is available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- Thursday, January 23
- Thursday, January 30
- Thursday, February 6
- Thursday, February 13
- Thursday, February 20
- Thursday, February 27
- Thursday, March 6
and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- Saturday, January 25
- Saturday, February 1
- Saturday, February 8
- Saturday, February 15
- Saturday, February 22
- Saturday, March 1
- Saturday, March 16