Espace VERRE is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing the glass arts of Québec in three ways:
- Teaching glass techniques;
- Promoting glass arts;
- Offering services to professional glass artists.
In 1983, glass artists François Houdé and Ronald Labelle worked in collaboration with various colleagues to create a studio dedicated to the fired arts (ceramic, glass and forge). On October 6, 1986, the Centre des métiers du verre du Québec inc. / Espace VERRE autonomously moved to the old fire station no21, where it still operates to this day. Over the years, many have dedicated themselves to make Espace VERRE a centre focused on glass art research, promotion and recognition.
In 1989, Espace VERRE established a partnership with the Cégep du Vieux Montréal, to offer the first three-year college programme in fine crafts, glass option (DEC).