The Douglass School Art Place

Murphysboro | Jackson County | Douglass School | Art Walk

900 Douglas Street

Murphysboro, IL 

(618) 687-3791


The Frederick Douglass School was Murphysboro Illinois’ segregated black elementary school from 1897-1966. Purchased in 1993 by art historian Gretel Chapman and glassblower Jan Thomas for development as an art place, “The Doug” offers studios for rent.  The Douglass Hot Shop opened with the new millennium in 2000. Currently we are running two melt furnaces (a 180 pound crystal tank and a color furnace with two 50 pound crucibles), three glory holes (7″, 11″ and 18″ diameters). Our new casting facility consists of a 150 pound hot-pour furnace and attendant cart kiln annealer, also electronically controlled.


April 2024
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