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Unleash your creativity and learn the art of glass blowing with a variety of classes offered in NYC. Discover mesmerizing techniques, create beautiful glass pieces, and gain a new skill that will leave you feeling accomplished and inspired.

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Form and Color: Intermediate Glassblowing

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

This class will be geared towards intermediate glass blowers. By focusing on basic forms; spheres, cylinders, cones and bowls, we will learn about smart setups and using heat to blow glass smoothly and efficiently in conjunction with basic color applications (overlays). What to Expect: Students can expect both demos and practice time in class. Be ready to watch demonstrations closely, ask questions, and spend practice time working through what...

Wednesday Feb 7th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Intermediate Glassblowing - Intro to Goblets

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Take your glassblowing skills to the next level with UrbanGlass' hands-on course. Join us for a week of intensive practice as we explore techniques for efficiently blowing thin glass and creating stunning goblets. Previous experience required.

Thursday Mar 14th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

What Lies Beneath

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Ignite your creativity in the hot shop learning Swedish overlay, stuff cups, and color techniques. But wait, there's more fun in store! Head to the cold shop to take the lathe for a spin, trying cameo, graal engraving, and battuto. Throughout the class, hands-on and personalized instruction will boost your skills. Get ready for a journey that's both enjoyable and enriching! What to Expect: During the class, we will learn various techniques for...

Tuesday Jan 16th, 10am–4pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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Get Sticky with Grace Whiteside

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

This class is a 5 day glassblowing intensive, students will design and produce their own line of unique alternative glass products. We will work through initial sketches, efficient production strategies, and marketing/pricing concepts as we Get Sticky with all aspects of product development but with a conceptual twist… Students will get hands-on experience with prototyping sessions guided by Grace Whiteside and the Sticky Glass team and will work...

Tuesday Jan 9th, 5–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Make A Blown Ornament! (30 min slots)

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Create beautiful and unique blown glass ornaments to add a festive touch to your holiday decor. Work one-on-one with a teaching artist in a fun and exciting environment, learning the techniques of glassblowing and choosing from a variety of vibrant colors. Ages 12+ are welcome to join this in-person class at UrbanGlass.

Saturday Dec 9th, 11am–5pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Paperweight Party

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of glass manipulation at the UrbanGlass hotshop and create your vibrant paperweight. No experience is required, this fast-paced class will teach you the techniques and safety measures needed to work with molten glass in a fun and exciting environment. Ages 14 and up.

Friday Jan 5th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

Getcha Glow On

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn how to create your own neon sign or sculpture from start to finish in this 8-session workshop. The class will be presented as a series of tutorials focused on glass bending, designing, wiring, and installation, along with a demonstration of how a glass tube is processed and filled with gas to produce light. This course is designed for the beginner, as well as the returning student who wants a review and/or guided work session. What to Expect:...

Thursday Jan 25th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Neon Weekend Deluxe Edition

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

From signage to quilt squares to comic book characters, neon art starts with the same step as making a commercial neon sign: making a detailed neon pattern. Well-planned patterns are necessary for neon benders to replicate the 2D image in 3D glass. This introductory neon bending class will go through all the basics of neon tube bending and assembly, with a focus on hand making simplified illustrative patterns from a student’s chosen inspiration....

Friday Mar 1st, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Intro to Glassblowing: Putting the Fun in Funky

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and discover the mesmerizing art of glassblowing in this six-week immersive course. From crafting vibrant glassware to mastering essential beginner forms, you'll be guided through the fundamentals of this ancient craft. Join us at UrbanGlass to embark on a journey of self-expression and artistic exploration.

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Intermediate Boro: Marbles, Patterns, and Clean Shapes

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

There are so many possibilities when working with borosilicate in the flameworking studio. In this class students will learn new ways of incorporating color and patterns into their glass, making eye-catching marbles, making their blown forms cleaner, and incorporating all the skills to create detailed, beautiful pieces.   What to Expect: Flameworking requires a little practice at heat control with the torch to create successful pieces....

Thursday Mar 28th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Intro to Beads

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity and discover the art of flameworked glass beads in this beginner workshop. Learn the process of melting colorful glass rods and shaping them into your own unique wearable beads. No previous experience is required.

Friday Jan 26th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

Let’s Get Fruity! Intro to Beads

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of flameworking glass beads with a fruity twist! Join this beginner-friendly workshop and learn to shape beads, add dots and bits, and control heat with a torch. Unleash your creativity as you create your own fruit-inspired glass beads in the shapes of strawberries, lemons, and raspberries.

Friday Mar 8th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro level)

Craftsman Ave @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the ancient art of stained glass and create a unique piece of colored glass art in this introductory workshop. Learn the fundamentals and techniques of the Tiffany stained glass process while designing and building your own beautiful masterpiece. No experience is necessary.

Thursday Dec 14th, 6–10pm Eastern Time

Stained Glass Lessons (2 Hours)

Valeria Divinorum @ 19-27 Linden St, Ridgewood, NY

Step by step you will learn: Creating a resistant shape/Design pattern * How to design your own piece * Understanding the tension of the materials, its own weight and external exposure, such as light, wind or rain * Each piece of glass will have a designed template by the student Smoothing the edges/Use of the Glass Grinder * How to cut and sand glass sheets, sanding each side of the glass shape with a special Grinder First layer of structural...

Monday Jan 1st, 1–6pm Eastern Time

Intro to Stained Glass

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock your creativity and learn the art of stained glass design at UrbanGlass. Discover the techniques of glass cutting and copper foil construction to craft your own stunning stained glass panel. No experience is required, just a passion for artistic expression.

Saturday Feb 10th, 11am–6pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

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Discover the 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.

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