Built, owned and operated by husband and wife team, Ryan and Brenna Teurfs, West County Glass (WCG) is a unique flame working studio situated in a 100 year old tobacco drying barn in the West Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California. Embraced by the local community, WCG has been attracting glass artists and enthusiasts since it opened its doors in 2011.
West County Glass is dedicated to facilitating the art of flameworking through demonstration, instruction and providing access to studio space and equipment. Currently home to 9 independent glass artists, WCG strive's to maintain a positive, collaborative and supportive environment that enables individuals, experts and novices alike, to thrive.
Though mainly a private studio, WCG keeps bench space available to the public for rent (more information about rental options) and for introductory level flameworking instruction (more info about instruction). Members of the public are welcome by appointment. To make an appointment, call (707) 824-8422 and leave a voice message if there is no answer. Often folks are busy on the torch and can't get to the phone but voice messages are checked Tuesday though Friday 10-6pm.
Despite its rustic appearance, WCG is proud to boast a top notch ventilation system (1000 to 1700 cfm per work bench), state of the art glass working tools and equipment including a High Volume Oxygen concentration system and a fully equipped cold working room, where Ryan and his team can be found these days making Honeyglass, a fine art glass jewelry line created from his honeycomb millefiori.
Much care is taken to ensure sure gases, electricity and access is provided safely without interruption and to maintain a positive, collaborative and comfortable work environment for our renters who have become our family.
The Owners - Our Story
Ryan and Brenna were close friends for 18 years prior to getting married in 2013, two years after relocating to Sebastopol and setting up West County Glass. They met in Arcata, CA in 1995 when Brenna was a freshman at Humboldt State University and Ryan was manager at Pacific Paradise, the local smoke shop. Ryan began blowing glass in 1996 and started his own wholesale manufacturing company, 101 North Glass. From 1997 to 2002, Brenna worked closely with Ryan as an administrative employee helping him expand the company after buying out his first partner. Brenna left for Grad School in Maine and less than a year later 101 North Glass, Inc. was forced to close. Over the following years, Ryan turned to his torch exploring many different directions in glass and Brenna pursued her Master's degree and worked various policy research jobs in Maine.
Fast forward 6 years. There was Brenna, unfulfilled with the direction her career was taking in Maine and Ryan, uncommitted to any of the ideas he had been exploring in glass. Two phone conversations later and they decided to go into business together as equal partners. Brenna moved back to Arcata and they made a go at a wholesale business for a couple of years as Blackstone Glass before seizing an opportunity to relocate to Sebastopol, CA in 2008 and begin realizing their dream of building a studio. They followed their hearts right into each others' arms and what WCG has become is so much more than they could have ever hoped it could be.
"West County Glass is a dream come true for us and the artists who call it home. We are ever grateful to be doing what we do and couldn't have asked for a better place to do it or better people to do it with". ~ Ryan & Brenna Teurfs