Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Olio?         
The Olio is a 501(c)3 social enterprise featuring the only Furnace Glassblowing Studio in Winston-Salem. We offer programs for all ages focused on Arts, Community, Education, and Sustainability, such as a Youth Apprentice Program, Starter Classes, Workshops, Private Parties, Field Trips, Team-Builders, Production Night, and items for sale in the Retail Shop.

The Olio is also a uniquely sustainable studio, melting cullet from waste bottles collected in our community and recycled into handblown glassware.

What is an  'olio'? 
Olio [Oh - Lee - Oh]   Noun.  
1. A dish of many ingredients
2. A mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge
3. A medley; miscellany

Where is The Olio located?
The Olio is located at West End Mill Works in Winston-Salem, NC.

What is The Olio's mailing address?
The Olio Inc.
840 Mill Works Street #150
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Physical Address:
918 Bridge Street, NW
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

What is The Olio's Mission Statement?
The Olio is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering appreciation, inspiring learning, and enhancing enjoyment in the community and for the arts.

Is the Olio a charity or non-profit organization?
The Olio is a charitable tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We can receive tax-deductible donations, sponsorships and grant funding.

Who can participate in The Olio's Apprentice Program and how much will it cost?
Local youth aged 14-24, can apply for the apprentice program. There is an application and interview process, and a small monthly fee. Scholarships are available, and tax-deductible donations are accepted to help support our programs. CLICK HERE FOR THE YOUTH APPRENTICE APPLICATION

Can I donate to The Olio? 
Yes! Monetary contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law, The Olio is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. We also have many opportunities for in-kind donations, corporate and individual sponsorships, and volunteer positions. Please email if you have goods or services to donate.

Why does The Olio think The Arts are important?
Numerous studies have proven that the arts are of priceless value to societies all over the world, creating a unified language that crosses borders unlike any other subject.  One of the oldest forms of self-expression, it is undeniable that the arts are paramount to our happiness and longevity. The arts are also a strong economic force in our community, and worldwide.

Why do we teach entrepreneurial and business skills? 
It can be challenging to make a living as an artist, and we want to help change that. Some basic skills in bookkeeping, sales, marketing and cost analysis can go a long way to keep an artist from starving. Even if our participants do not choose to go into the arts as a career, they learn valuable life and professional skills in a unique and hands-on environment.

Why is The Olio teaching kids glassblowing?
Glassblowing is an exciting art form to watch and learn. It requires a great amount of communication, teamwork, dedication and endurance to blow glass, and it requires much practice and commitment. Chemistry, physics and math are areas that can be challenging to many, but through glassblowing can be applied and learned in nontraditional ways.

What else besides glassblowing is taught at The Olio?
We offer glass fusing workshops in the summer months when our furnace is off, between June and September.

Is glassblowing dangerous?
Yes, burns and cuts can happen, however we take every precaution to ensure the safety of all participants and visitors at our studio. View our standard liability waiver here for participants, parental/guardian signature is required for minors.

Contact us! 
phone: 336.406.2937
email: or here

The Olio
840 Mill Works Street, #150
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 3, or by appointment.

Please email for a quote for commissions or repairs. Please note, many glass repairs are NOT possible. A photograph is very helpful in the initial email.