While at the studio, I usually hop on a stool with the name "Ralph" sliced into the wood. That's my dad. Back in the 70's, Art Glass Array was "Ralph's Auto Supply" run by my grandfather Ralph Sr. and then my dad, Ralph Jr. Ralph's Auto Supply was around for more than 20 years.
I opened Art Glass Array on the second floor of 501 N Kingshighway when I was 28. I've learned a lot over the years but I knew when I started, I wanted the studio to be an education center for kiln-formed glass unlike anything this area has seen before. I wanted a space where artists and hobbyist could work in fun and knowledgeable environment and learn skills to take their artwork beyond the basics.
I've been lucky enough that Art Glass Array has grown into the largest fused glass retail and teaching center in the St. Charles and St. Louis area. We now host internationally known artists to instruct here and I have the privilege of teaching in host studios across the USA. I was able to expand and take over the entire building a few years ago, adding all the supplies one needs to get hooked on this exciting medium! The studio has ample work space, large kilns, a coldworking area with sandblaster and flat lap grinder, as well as a showroom of finished glass gift items made right here.
I have to say I think our customers happen to be some of the most awesome people I have ever met and I love coming to my "job" each day. My son tells me when he grows up he wants to have his own business selling candy and chocolates...who knows, we may have a 4th generation of entrepreneurs!
Gallery 501 is located on the upper level of Art Glass Array. The gallery features an eclectic mix of handmade artwork from local artists and artists around the USA.
Our artist's work make the perfect handmade gift. We are proud to carryout a vision of telling the artists story in the work we carry. Our artists are moms, dads, young entrepreneurs , etc . By supporting them, we are supporting our local communities right here at home.