These policies and accompanying release are directed primarily for the hot glass workshops. However, all participants of any workshop must read, understand and agree to them.
Working with hot glass is an exciting and fun experience. We want to make sure it’s a safe one.
Assume everything in the studio is hot, sharp or capable of hurting you. Be careful where you lean or place your hands. If you prefer not to participate in a certain step or activity, let us know! This is all about learning, having fun and exploring the process of working with hot glass.
Pay close attention to your instructor. He/she will demonstrate the entire work process and walk you through each step. Ask questions or let them know if you are uncomfortable at any time.
It is important to be constantly aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings! A studio can be a dangerous environment where things can happen very quickly. Stay focused and pay attention always. Watch out for others and always announce when you are moving with hot tools or hot glass in hand.
Here are few basic things you need to know:
- Wear closed toe shoes and natural fiber clothing (no synthetic clothing). Do not wear loose, baggy or “flowing” clothing. Blue jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt works just fine
- Tie long hair back or wear it under a cap.
- You are welcome to bring sunglasses if you are sensitive to bright light. We will supply safety glasses and didymium glasses (for flameworking) for the workshops. You are welcome to bring your own.
- Drink plenty of water prior to the workshop, you may bring sports drinks or your own water/container if you so desire, but we have plenty of water at the studio.
- Do not wear jewelry that hangs away from your body or can conduct heat, we advise no jewelry/watches at all.
- Finally, please use common sense and communicate to us if you have questions or concerns. We are here to teach you and make sure you have fun and stay safe!
I understand and acknowledge there are inherent dangers in glassblowing, flameworking and working with glass and related equipment in general and that serious personal injuries and property damage, including (but not limited to) strains, cuts, burns, electrical shock, etc. may occur from my participation in such activities.
I recognize and agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and using Gilbert Glassworks LLC facilities (“Studio”) and that I assume all risks of injury, illness, and other damage or loss inherent or that otherwise might result in my participating in any activities at the Studio or attending other activities sponsored by Gilbert Glassworks LLC.
I represent that I am physically capable of participating in such activities and that to the extent necessary considering my prior medical history, weight, and general physical condition, I have consulted my personal physician or other medical authority before making such representation. I agree to follow all rules and regulations communicated by Gilbert Glassworks LLC. for the use of their facilities and/or relating to activities sponsored by Gilbert Glassworks LLC.
For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned, on my behalf and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives, successors and assigns, I hereby release Gilbert Glassworks, LLC and all of its officers, directors, members, managers, partners, contractors, landlords, employees and volunteers (collectively, the "Parties released by this document") from all claims, demands, actions, rights of action, or other legal rights to claim compensation for any loss or injury of any kind which I may sustain as a result of their negligence or fault, or the condition of the premises or studio, or any other cause whatsoever, whether loss or injury occurs while participating in, going to, or coming from such activity. Further, I agree to indemnify and hold all parties released by this document harmless from any such claims or demands, including any claim for attorneys fees or attorneys fees that they may incur in defending such claim. I expressly agree that this waiver and release agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the state of Florida and that if any portion thereof, is held invalid, the remainder thereof, shall continue in full force and effect. The undersigned, hereby submits to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the state of Florida, Walton County, to resolve any dispute arising out of or resulting from this release. The undersigned shall not raise, and hereby waives, any defenses based upon improper venue, inconvenience of the forum, lack of personal jurisdiction, or the sufficiency of service of process. This release represents the entire understanding and supersedes all prior understandings between the parties related to the subject matter herein. The undersigned further represents and understands that this release shall be effective on the date indicated below, and shall remain in full force and effect and continue to release and indemnify Gilbert Glassworks, LLC and the parties released by this document for so long as the undersigned participates in any activities described above.
By submitting this electronically signed form I acknowledge that I have carefully read the Safety Policy. I fully understand that by signing this Waiver and Release I am waiving any right I may have to bring legal action to assert a claim of any nature against Gilbert Glassworks, LLC or any parties mentioned above.
Dated: September 17, 2021