FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 POINT STUDIOS & THE BORO SCHOOL TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY
February 9, 2017
Two months ago, 7 Point Studios announced that it was making plans to move to a new facility this spring. However, today the Studio announces that it and The Boro School will temporarily shut down operations on February 28th before it moves out of its current facility at the end of March. The organizations’ owners and founder, Nathan Aweida, has made the following statement:
“We regret to inform our community that we are temporarily shutting down operations for both 7 Point Studios and The Boro School at the end of this month. We have not found a proper building to move to and as more tenants continue to relocate, there is no possibility of affording rent on the current building.
“We will operate normally through February 28th. Hours will remain the same (Monday - Friday 10am to 7pm, and weekends 12pm to 6pm) and the front office will remain staffed. On Wednesday, March 1st, the studio will close to the public in order to dismantle, pack, and store our equipment prior to March 31st, our official last day in the building. We are seeking low cost storage space in Seattle or nearby – about 1500 sq. ft. altogether – and welcome suggestions emailed to us. Contact information is below.
“The Boro School is also hosting several classes this month and we host our last Community Day, a free day featuring borosilicate glassblowing demos and torch time, this Saturday, February 11th from 12pm to 6pm. You can search our course offerings at www.theboroschool.com.
“For the last two years, The Studio has struggled financially primarily because we have been unable to host public events. Unfortunately, after an initial approval, the City of Seattle requested we make expensive and significant building usage and permit changes in order for us to continue this portion of our business. We were not financially able to make these changes on a building we don’t own, and the owners of the building are not interested in selling at this time. Because of all this, we lost a major income stream we relied on in order to cover overhead costs like rent, utilities, and staffing.
“We are making this difficult decision at this time to protect enough resources to be able to reopen in the future. The business is going to pause, evaluate its assets, and navigate its course so that when we reopen, it is with a mission-driven nonprofit model, and in a space that is both more affordable and more suitable to our focus of borosilicate glass.
“We would like to express our gratitude for our supportive community. It has been a pleasure to work with so many artists, partners, and students the past five years and we look forward to being back in your lives soon. ”
7 Point Studios
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7 POINT STUDIOS ANNOUNCES A FACILITY MOVE
December 9, 2016
7 Point Studios is making plans to move locations this coming Spring 2017. The Seattle alternative art studio and glassblowing facility announces this change as well as their transition to a non-profit organization as it applies for 501c3 tax-exempt status with the IRS.
Since its initial formation in early 2013, 7 Point Studios has cultivated an environment of creativity amongst the dozens of artists and creative businesses within its walls. The Studios’ dedication to providing a well-equipped lampworking facility has brought artists from around the world to their facility in Seattle. 7 Point Studios is the home of The Boro School, which opened in January 2014, and is one of the few places in the world that specializes in borosilicate glass. 7 Point Studios has hosted several of Seattle’s well known events like Dope Cup, Secret Cup, as well as hosted and produced the largest glass artist collaboration for three years in a row, Seattle PipeMasters Collab.
Unfortunately, after an initial approval, the City of Seattle requested 7 Point Studios make some very expensive building usage and permit changes in order for public events to continue. This has made it very difficult to earn the income necessary for the rental of their current building.
The owner of 7 Point Studios, Nathan Aweida, has personally invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the build out of the studio as well as the monthly rent and utility bills. It is no longer financially feasible for Mr. Aweida to continue contributing in this manner. Since the Studio’s five-year lease will be up February 28, 2017, Mr. Aweida and staff have made the decision to find a new location. 7 Point Studios will continue in its current location on a month-to-month basis until they secure a new facility and make their move. The Studio plans to run business normally for as long as possible in order for the dozens of in-house artists and The Boro School to continue functioning with as little downtime as possible. 7 Point Studios seeks a metal/brick/concrete building within the city of Seattle that is at least 5,000 square feet with onsite parking to rent or preferably buy for a permanent home. It would help if the property is zoned for retail and light manufacturing.
7 Point Studios estimates their move to cost more than $100,000 and they need your help to make this move a reality. They are seeking immediate Sponsorship and Donations for those that are able to help. They will also be launching a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.com in the coming weeks. There will be several levels of donation and perks with each level.
You can help 7 Point Studios today by making a donation!* Click the button below. You can also become a volunteer and help us move! 7 Point Studios is looking for volunteers of all skill levels. Head to www.7pointstudios.com and click on the Volunteer tab to learn more information.
*Although 7 Point Studios has not yet received official 501c3 status, you can still donate! Your donation is not tax deductible until the IRS has approved the organization’s status. However, your donation will help 7 Point Studios make their move to a more suitable facility! As soon as 7 Point Studios receives their tax-exempt status, donors will receive a letter with the EIN number needed to claim this donation on tax return forms.
Manager, 7 Point Studios
Welcome to 7 Point Studios, a creative hub for artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs, located in the heart of Seattle. With close to 20,000 sq. ft. of creative space, 7 Point Studios is unlike any other studio in Seattle. We rent out artist studios, equipment, and event space and host a number of artist events and gatherings. Our current tenants are comprised of uniquely talented and forward thinking artists including glass blowers, screen and letterpress-printers, graffiti and mural artists, traditional painters, metal artists, woodworkers, jewelers, event planners, and more!
7 Point Studios is a supporter of all alternative arts.
7 Point Studios was created in 2012 for the purpose of creating a collaborative space for artists of all backgrounds, a glass studio and school, and rentable workshop and event space. We officially opened our doors to the public in April of 2013.
Meet the Business Owner
Nathan "Nate Dizzle" Aweida has been in the glassblowing industry for over 13 years. He is known for constantly pushing boundaries in the borosilicate glass world. Nathan's glass artwork includes large scale sculpture, functional glass pieces, neon, architectural glass, and mixed media. Along with 7 Point Studios, Nathan also owns The Boro School, Seattle's Premier FlameWorking School & Studio, which is housed inside of 7 Point. Nathan created 7 Point studios out of a desire to brings artists together, provoke new works of art through collaboration, and provide an environment where creativity thrives.