The Hippo


Jun 6, 2020








Verne Orlosk. Kelly Sennott photo.

Visit StudioVerne

Where: 81 Hanover St., Manchester
Contact:,, 490-4321
Take a class
Butterflies are the Best: Create colorful glass butterflies, Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m.

Shining Suncatchers: Create glass suncatchers, Wednesday, March 9, or Wednesday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 12, or Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m.
Driftwood Dreams: Make a wreath with Orlosk’s driftwood and shell collection, Saturday, April 2, or Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: All workshops are $60, for two to three hours, open for beginners 13 years old to adult; finished work will be fired and ready for pick-up the week following.

Beach Studio
StudioVerne an oasis of sea-themed glass art

By Kelly Sennott

 Walking into StudioVerne is like strolling onto the beach, with an assortment of blues, greens and violets hitting you as soon as you move through its doors.

Verne Orlosk’s glass art studio and gallery space is small, but it doesn’t feel that way, with big glass windows out front, hardwood floors and tall brick walls meeting up with high ceilings. All around are visions of sand, water, starfish and beach chairs. 
Colors bounce from the glass art filling the cubby spaces out front and shelving along the side wall. Beside her desk sits a table of driftwood collected from the beach near her Salisbury home, and farther back is a rainbow of organized glass art materials, categorized by color and placed in round plastic containers. 
“All my work is stacked and stored. I had to do it in a way that was organized, so I can keep track of what I do,” said Orlosk, who wore violet glasses, an aqua frock and a swirling, seaweed-like scarf during the visit. “The wood is right from the beach, from the last storm. It’s all from one day, walking along the beach at low tide.”
Orlosk celebrates her second anniversary at the Hanover Street studio this spring. She taught at the Currier Art Center for years, but with the studio move, she wanted a place with more visibility, more passersby, and a chance to focus on her own work. It boasts a prime location, across from the Palace Theatre and Muse Paintbar and beside a new framing business, Creative Framing Solutions. Every once in a while, she can hear dancers, singers and musicians practicing upstairs.
Orlosk still hosts workshops, but they’re quirky and full of character. Recent classes involved making beautiful, miniscule glass chocolate squares, tiny works of art pretty enough to eat, and in upcoming courses, students will make driftwood wreaths and glass butterflies.
“I think what most people like about doing the workshops — whether it’s driftwood or fused glass — is that in two hours they learn something and they create something, even though they come in not thinking they’re going to be able to do what the project is,” Orlosk said. “The experience, now, is what everyone wants. Which I like. They come in for two hours and they always leave happier with what they made than what they thought they were going to make.”
For Orlosk, the medium started out as an experiment when the Currier Art Center needed a fused glass art teacher. But then she found difficulty moving away from it, revelling in the process of working with copper inlay and different color combinations. Her recent pieces are like dioramas with layers of glass that form underwater scenes. They’re made with powdered glass of all different sizes — fine, medium, coarse — which help provide textures and details.
The beach remains her muse, and the way she appreciates a piece is to see it and pick it up. A “huge collector,” she has bins of souvenirs from walks along the beach. She revels in how a shell fits in her hand, or how its colors fuse together like a sunset or form stripes and patterns. It’s one of the reasons she decided to keep her art studio in Manchester when she and her husband sold their Londonderry home and moved to Salisbury. On the coast, it’s harder to stay inside on a beach day, and she’d never get any work done.
“I like the fact that, on the beach, everything there changes all the time. It’s similar to the mountains,” Orlosk said. “But for me, I grew up sailing on the ocean.” 

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