February fire at MV Glassworks prompts community support

Martha's Vineyard Glassworks, shown here just after the fire in February, is seeking community support and donations to help rebuild from the fire. — Rich Saltzberg

After a February electrical fire started by a lithium-ion battery caused extreme damage to the interior of Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks, a recent GoFundMe page has seen an outpouring of support from the Island community.

Glassworks owner Mark Weiner established the page in hopes that the shop could reopen for regular operation in June. “We have been attempting to work with our insurance company to be reimbursed for the many items that were damaged and destroyed; we are challenged with replacing the lost materials necessary to resume our glassblowing and gallery operations in a timely manner, with the quality and excellence that represents the Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks brand,” Weiner wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Weiner wrote that tens of thousands of dollars in bars and crushed colored glass were destroyed in the fire, and much of the shop’s technological equipment used for in-store and online sales has been deemed unsalvageable.

The shop also needs to replace storage units where inventory and unfinished pieces are kept.

Weiner also wrote that Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks employees need to be adequately compensated for the time they have spent cleaning, repainting, and reassembling the interior of the building. “We need to pay our dedicated crew, who have and will continue to work to bring the Glassworks back to a functioning level,” Weiner wrote.

So far, almost $20,000 has been raised out of the GoFundMe’s $80,000 goal.

A recent update on the fundraiser page written by Weiner said, “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for our friends, local community, and customers who have generously contributed to our campaign, as well as everyone who reached out with notes of support and well wishes.”


  1. What? A business is making a Go Fund Me Page but what happens when their insurance kicks in , do the donors get their money back?

    • Enough– do you realize that there are people associated with that business ?
      You don’t have to contribute– people give money to all sorts of things. it is not your place to say they are wrong.

      • My understanding is they have backers ( partners off island) and insurance. As for the farm, they lost many animals and I think there is a huge difference between the two

        • enough– the farm had insurance– from a monetary perspective, does it matter if the “asset” was a piece of glass or a lamb ?
          I understand that everyone is distraught about the loss of life.. it was a horrible accident.. When life is lost, it compounds the horror..
          That said, the people running the business’s deserve equal consideration.

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