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Solo-blowing: Glassblowing without Friends

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Learn to work on your own in this class designed for advanced beginners and intermediate students who wish to become independent in the hot shop. Demonstrations and exercises will focus on strategies to blow simple forms efficiently, drills to practice hand and body coordination, and challenges to speed up the learning process. The use of a blow hose will be introduced and students will leave with a new set of skills that will enable them to come...

Saturday Jun 24th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

The Fire Within

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Glass is a very unique material compared to other craft materials. You cannot touch the glass directly, the glass will respond better if you are consistently practicing, and it takes time to master the techniques. On the other hand, you can use your own original ideas, tools and processes to create unique work that is less reliant on standard processes.  Traditional techniques are necessary to begin to play with glass, so this class will include...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

A Crash Course in American-Venetian Techniques

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The workshops of the Venetian lagoon, particularly those of the 16th century, have produced some of the finest blown glass objects the world has ever known. Come and explore the basics of this style of working, as understood from an American studio perspective. In this workshop you will learn the first steps in blowing thin footed vessels, as difficult to produce as they are beautiful to look at. By the end of this course you will have a solid foundation...

Tuesday Aug 22nd, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Kilncasting with Zircar Mold Mix 6

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

In this summer intensive students will get an introduction to kiln casting glass using Zircar Mold Mix 6 molds. Zircar Mold Mix 6 is a high temperature ceramic mold material used to make lightweight, strong, reusable mold for glass casting and blowing. What to Expect: During this workshop students will make several Zircar Mold Mix 6 molds based on original designs. These molds will be built up around hand carved panels of linoleum and can be...

Tuesday Aug 1st, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Trying to Say More with Less

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

In this workshop students will focus on refining technical skills as a means to explore how simplification can broaden our creative outcomes. We will work through basic forms in clear glass while emphasizing efficient workflow and heat management. We will take a closer look at the blowing processes’ constituent parts (gathering, marvering, centering, body mechanics, etc) and strive to deepen our understanding of the working characteristics of...

Friday Jul 21st, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

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UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Join us for a fun and floral introduction to the UrbanGlass hot shop! This fast-paced class will give you a thorough understanding of the glass studio, while working toward making your very own small, colorful, solid flower.  What to Expect: Students will work together and learn to manipulate molten glass (2000 degrees). Safety, color application, and tools will all be covered in a fun and exciting environment. The hot shop is a loud studio,...

Saturday Aug 12th, 5–8pm Eastern Time

Upcycled Beads

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This workshop will teach students how to recycle glass using basic flameworking skills, and transform it into their own upcycled glass beads for jewelry and crafts. We will use collected glass - from recycling to thrifted pieces - and transform the found glass into cane (rods) to use as our main material. We will then use those rods to create beads. Join in for this fun and transformative process! What to Expect: The class will start with an introduction...

Saturday Jun 10th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Chain Making

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Learn how to make stunning borosilicate glass chains with Cha Cha Chainz! In this flameworking class, you will explore techniques for melting and bending clear and colored rods to create beautiful, wearable works of art. All skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to join. We will discuss symmetrical connections and tips to keep your chains from cracking by inspecting areas of stress and tension within the glass. Additionally, you will be given...

Friday Jul 14th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Glass Can Talk

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This workshop delves into the classic glass practice of Murrine. From the ancient Mesopotamia to Venice to new contemporary takes, we will look at the history and techniques of creating original Murrines. Students will use methods discussed and demonstrated (20% demonstration/80% in studio practice) in class to flamework their own design with a focus on creating letters. We will break down each step in the process and there will be some one on one...

Tuesday Aug 15th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Painting on Glass (Grades 6-12)

One River School @ 319 Franklin Turnpike , Allendale, NJ 07401

Reverse glass painting technique was made especially popular during the Renaissance period due to its complex compositions, harmonious colors and exquisite smooth surfaces. This camp will allow students to experiment with how light, opacity and transparency affect a painting on this unique surface.  Learn how to create a reverse glass painting on a plexiglass surface Create a unique composition that is influenced by your choice of harmonious...

Monday Jul 10th, 12:30–3pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Heart Beam: A Neon Heart Bending Workshop

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Learn the basics of bending neon signs while making a luminous heart with assistance from interdisciplinary artist and professor, Kacie Lees.  In this five-hour immersive workshop, participants will work with a heart-shaped bending pattern and follow along with a step-by-step illustrated guide to turn hollow glass tubes into radiant neon hearts. Beginners welcome! No neon or glass experience necessary. What to expect: Participants can expect...

Saturday Aug 12th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

Neon Flash! Pride Weekend

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Under the guidance of your instructor, come get your gay on and make a glowing rainbow shape! Choose from one of the patterns provided, and learn to splice a couple different colored tubes together for a multicolored light you can be proud of. What to Expect: Participants can expect to create 1 unit bent into a simple rainbow form. Eligibility: No previous experience required. Open to ages 14 and up. Pick-up: Neon tubes might be bombarded during...

Saturday Jun 24th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Memory Layers: Generating Images on Glass

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This class is an invitation for illustrators, painters, designers, and anybody with an interest in the graphic image to experiment with the possibilities of the pictorial representation on glass. Participants will be challenged to delve into their own memory lane to work with the central images -photography, sketches, drawings, texts- that portray their narratives. Digital and analog approaches will be used to define the layers that build these...

Tuesday Jul 25th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Intro to Beads

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This beginner workshop will guide students in the creation of their very own wearable beads! We will explore color and form through the lens of pattern and texture, applying your unique touch to the art of flameworked glass beads. With safety talks and demonstrations, students will learn the process of melting colorful glass rods at the torch and how to use a basic set of tools to shape the molten material into their own beads. What to Expect:...

Sunday Jul 30th, 5–8pm Eastern Time

Digital Methods for Glass Molds

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

This week-long intensive will introduce students to digital design and fabrication tools for making glass molds, from the process of 3D modeling to CNC milling and mold-making. We will go over best practices for designing geometry for digital fabrication, and experience CNC-milling through one session at an off-site fabrication studio. At UrbanGlass, we’ll practice making plaster molds for casting and blown glass. What to Expect: We will prepare...

Monday Jul 17th, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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Best Glass Blowing Classes in NYC

People have been blowing glass since the 1st century B.C.E. The process involves heating glass in a furnace until it becomes molten, and then shaping it by blowing air into it through a tube. Glass Blowers use a variety of techniques, including molding and cutting, to create a range of different glass creations such as bowls, glasses, vases, and ornaments. Some Glass Blowers work alone, but many find that an assistant is necessary for certain parts of the process.

Why You Should Learn Glass Blowing in NYC

People learn glass blowing for a number of different reasons. For many, it is a way to make a living, for others a creative outlet, and some do it as a way to connect with a larger community of individuals. Whatever the reason, learning glass blowing can be a highly rewarding experience. Glass Blowers have a lot of creative freedom and can experiment with different shapes, colors, and textures to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that aren’t found anywhere else. In addition, glass blowing has been around for hundreds of years, and by learning it, Glass Blowers can connect with a rich cultural history.

Learning this specialized skill can lead to a variety of job opportunities including in art, design, and manufacturing. For instance, some Glass Blowers make artisan pieces in art studios or other small businesses. Others mass-produce glass items for glass factories, where they mass-produce items. Some Glass Blowers specialize in repairing original glass pieces. 

In-Person Glass Blowing Classes & Schools in NYC

New York City has one of the most diverse artist communities in the United States, including many Glass Blowers, and students interested in learning this skill can do so by taking an in-person glass blowing class. UrbanGlass is one popular glass blowing school. It is located in Brooklyn, which is less than ten miles away from downtown New York. Founded in 1977, UrbanGlass strives to advance the use of glass as a creative medium by supporting and encouraging artists. It offers a variety of different glass blowing classes, and is the largest public-access glass facility in the New York metropolitan area. This organization also serves as a studio for over a hundred different artists who work with glass.

Introduction to Glass Blowing is a popular class at UrbanGlass. In this course, beginning students can learn the fundamentals of glass blowing, and develop basic hand skills. Students also work up to more complicated shapes and techniques, and learn color techniques such as wraps and overlays. This class has six three-hour sessions, and costs $855 in total. UrbanGlass also teaches Shapes & Forms: Intermediate Glass Blowing, where students focus on creating cylinders, spheres, cones, and bowls. In this course, the instructor covers smart setups, and using heat to blow glass smoothly and efficiently. There are a total of six class sessions, with each session running for three hours. Tuition is $815. Students who want to take this class need to have some previous glass blowing experience.

In addition to these two classes, UrbanGlass runs many other classes related to glass blowing, and focused on a variety of different techniques and specializations. In Getcha Glow On, students learn how to make neon signs or sculpture, from start to finish. There is a demonstration of how glass tubes are processed and filled with gas so that they produce light. There are a total of 8 sessions in this course, and tuition is $1,065. No previous experience is required.

Introduction to Boro is a weekend course made up of two sessions, with a cost of $540. It is focused on working with borosilicate glass, and includes both demonstrations and hands-on work so that students can gain the dexterity and hand-eye coordination needed in flameworking. Students learn to work with an open flame, apply color, and create a number of different objects. No previous experience is required.

New York City students who like to work with glass may also be interested in learning how to create stained glass. Valeria Divinorum offers Stained Glass Lessons, a two-hour course for $175. Students learn how to make a design, cut and smooth pieces of glass, and use copper foil to wrap the pieces. Next, they learn how to join the pieces with solder, create 2D and 3D shapes, and alter the finish if desired. Students are encouraged to take at least two classes in order to master these techniques. Valeria Divinorum is a visual artist and architect based in Queens. She specializes in stained glass sculptural objects.

Another stained glass option is Make a Stained Glass Work of Art, which is offered by Craftsman Ave. This four-hour workshop costs $255. Instructors cover the entire Tiffany stained glass process, which includes choosing and shaping each glass element, and soldering them together. Students are encouraged to come to class with design ideas that consist of eight pieces or less. Craftsman Ave is located in Brooklyn, and runs creative workshops on many different topics.

Virtual Glass Blowing Classes & Schools

Virtual classes offer more flexibility than in-person instruction because they allow students to attend from anywhere. As a result, students who are open to online training have a lot more class options. Like the in-person format, virtual classes include real-time instruction and feedback from a live instructor. However, students who take virtual classes typically need to supply their own materials, which can be difficult in the case of something like glass blowing, where expensive and specialized equipment is required. As a result, students interested in virtual glass blowing classes may find that there are limited options. 

There are a number of other virtual classes that involve working with glass though. For example, CraftJam runs a class called Glass Etching, where students learn a variety of different glass etching techniques. CraftJam runs craft workshops both in person and virtually, arguing that being creative is extremely beneficial to mental health and cognition. Its glass etching workshop takes place via Zoom, and costs $27. Students must have etching solution, brushes, stencils, and four glasses to etch on.

The Chicago Botanic Garden also offers a variety of virtual glasses, concluding some that involve working with glass. A Starry Night in Glass Mosaics cost $249, and has two sessions that take place through Zoom. Students in this class learn how to create a mosaic of the famous “Starry Night” painting that was done by Vincent Van Gogh.

Students who like to work with glass may also enjoy other types of hands-on art processes. For instance, the Chicago Botanic Garden offers a class called Introduction to Weaving. In this class, which runs for eight sessions, students learn a number of different weaving techniques including basket, twill, pile, and twining. If they don’t have a loom, instructors teach them how to make one. The price of this class is $374.

Artists of any type can also benefit by learning more about color. Color Mixing is another hands-on class where instructors focus on mixing accurate and vivid colors. It runs for six sessions and costs $374. As part of the class, students create charts that they can use for permanent reference. While students use watercolor in this course, they can apply their knowledge to other mediums. 

Private Group Glass Blowing Classes in NYC

Glass blowing can be fun to learn with a group, such as with friends or co-workers. CourseHorse offers glass blowing classes for private groups in New York City. It also offers a range of other group classes. For instance, Glass Etching is a popular private class, where an instructor teaches participants to etch designs on glass. The class begins with students creating stencils with an x-acto knife and cutting board. They then transfer their designs permanently to drinking classes, with etching creme. This class lasts for 2 hours, and can be attended by up to 60 people at once.

CourseHorse makes the entire process easy with no booking fees and no registration required. It also sends a class confirmation within 24 hours of a booking being made. Groups who book through CourseHorse can also make changes to their total group size up until 24 hours before the event, as long as they have met the minimum group size. Email CourseHorse to find out more about scheduling a private event for a group.