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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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Paperweight Glass Blowing Party

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of glass manipulation at the 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.

(58) Beginner 14 and older
$165
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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.

(531) Beginner 18 and older
$255
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Glass! Flowers! Friendship! With Sunside & Co.

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the perfect blend of creativity and craftsmanship in a dynamic weekend workshop. Explore the art of glassblowing, mastering foundational techniques to craft unique vessels. Then, transform your creations into stunning floral arrangements, learning sustainable design practices along the way.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$825

3 sessions

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Getcha Glow On

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the art of creating stunning neon signs and sculptures in this comprehensive workshop. From glass bending to installation, this course covers it all, catering to both beginners and experienced students. Unleash your creativity and bring your designs to life in this hands-on class at UrbanGlass.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$1,175

9 sessions

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Working the Line

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of strip cutting and kiln working in this inspiring class. Perfect for beginners and those looking to expand their skills, you'll master cutting sheet glass into narrow strips and fusing them into precise geometric designs. Hands-on projects, cold working techniques, and a presentation on kilnformed glass history will enhance your experience. Create and pick up your stunning glasswork once it's fully cooled.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$975

6 sessions

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Chromatic Chronicles: Stained Glass Storytelling

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover stained glass storytelling by mastering color theory, design principles, and narrative techniques. Learn copper foiling and possibly create a zinc frame, transforming your ideas into stunning glass compositions. Balance artistic expression with functionality under expert guidance. Perfect for both beginners and experienced artists.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$850

6 sessions

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Freeze it, Fuse it, Roll it up!

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Explore the innovative “freeze and fuse” technique in this investigative glassmaking class. Learn to create silicone molds for freeze and fuse powder wafers, and master their application in the hot shop. Enhance your glasswork with unique mark-making methods, encasing, rolling up, and surface placement. Perfect for those with introductory glass experience looking to expand their skills.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$1,150

3 sessions

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Memories Trapped in Glass

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Capture precious memories in glass by learning the fundamentals of flameworking. Shape glass using heat and gravity, encasing sentimental objects like flowers, shells, or sand. Create unique wind chimes and jewelry while preserving your cherished moments. Perfect for beginners, this class offers expert guidance and hands-on experience.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$550

2 sessions

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Puttin’ It Together - Next Steps in Hot Sculpting

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Take your hot sculpting skills to the next level in this intensive workshop. Learn to assemble complex sculptures using solid geometric components, guided by expert techniques in setup and design. Perfect for those ready to advance from vessel-making to creating dynamic, multi-part artworks in a collaborative studio environment.

(58) Intermediate 14 and older
$610

3 sessions

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Intro to Glassblowing (6-Week)

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the ancient and beautiful art of glassblowing in this beginner-friendly course. Learn the fundamentals of working with furnace glass and create your own functional and sculptural forms. Unleash your creativity and explore the rich history of glassmaking at UrbanGlass.

(58) Beginner 14 and older
$875

7 sessions

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Learn Stained Glass in a Weekend!

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Immerse yourself in the timeless art of Tiffany stained glass over a weekend. Learn foundational techniques, from cutting and foiling to soldering, and create your own decorative piece. Ideal for beginners and enthusiasts alike, this workshop offers a comprehensive introduction and plenty of hands-on experience. Join us to explore this beautiful and accessible glass craft.

(58) All levels 14 and older
$525

2 sessions

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One Billet Wonder

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Experience the artistry of open-face casting in this intensive workshop. From clay design to kiln-formed glass, discover how to transform a simple billet into intricate, three-dimensional sculptures. Perfect for beginners and those familiar with kiln-formed glass techniques, this class offers a hands-on exploration into creating stunning glass artworks.

(58) Beginner 14 and older
$610

4 sessions

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Intermediate Neon: In Tube we Trust!

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Refine your neon bending skills and tackle complex patterns with confidence in this intermediate-level workshop. From mastering basic bends to expanding into different tube diameters, learn to push boundaries under commercial standards. Ideal for those with prior neon workshop experience, explore advanced techniques to enhance your bending precision and creative designs.

(58) Intermediate 18 and older
$910

7 sessions

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Mosaic Madness

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity with artist Amira Rogers as you craft your own unique glass mosaic. Using precut glass and learning to cut your own, you'll design and collage your chosen image on wooden boards. Perfect for all skill levels, this hands-on class guides you from initial drawing to a finished piece, ready to take home and display.

(58) All levels 18 and older
$165
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Friendly Figures: Soft Glass Bear Beads

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of creating adorable bear beads and free-standing figurines with soft glass. This hands-on class focuses on crafting body parts, adding limbs, and refining flameworking skills. After demonstrations, you'll practice on the torch to perfect your creations. Ideal for all skill levels, this class promises a fun and rewarding glassblowing experience.

(58) All levels 18 and older
$225
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Intro to Coldworking

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of coldworking and unlock the possibilities of finishing, altering, and resurfacing forms in this hands-on workshop at UrbanGlass. Learn to safely and effectively use various cold shop equipment, including saws, wheels, sanders, and more. Please bring your own piece to work on and uncover innovative solutions to enhance its beauty.

(58) Beginner 12 and older
$200
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Pumpkin - palooza

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Enjoy a day of fall fun crafting colorful glass pumpkins! After a safety briefing and demonstration, you'll team up to create your own unique pumpkins under expert guidance. With a selection of vibrant colors and a warm, lively studio atmosphere, this hands-on class promises both challenges and rewards as you master the art of glassblowing.

(58) All levels 18 and older
$165
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Implosions!

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Explore the art of implosion techniques with Borosilicate glass in this hands-on class. After safety discussions and demonstrations, you'll melt glass rods and use gravity to create stunning pieces. Perfect for all skill levels, expect to make 2-6 unique objects while refining your beadmaking skills. Embrace the challenge and gain confidence in the studio.

(58) All levels 18 and older
$145
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Fruits & Fungi! Intro to Beads

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Join us for a workshop where you'll craft your own glass beads inspired by delicious fruits and whimsical mushrooms. Get ready to master the art of flameworking as you shape, color, and add intricate details to your creations under expert guidance.

(58) Beginner 12 and older
$145
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Assemblage

UrbanGlass @ 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

Unleash your creativity in the ancient art of assemblage with our intensive workshop. Explore the rich history and potential of stained glass while honing your skills in image making and panel creation. Join us to discover the beauty and versatility of this timeless medium!

(58) All levels 14 and older
$1,150

5 sessions

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Reviews for Glass Blowing Classes in NYC

Glass Blowing Classes in NYC are rated 4.7 stars based on 589 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Mandy M. on 10/29/2023
    Loved this class! Location was super cool, teacher was superb, and everyone’s art came out really well for a four hour lesson. Definitely recommend!
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Anonymous review on 4/24/2023
    Class was awesome and I'll be checking out some of the other ones at this location!
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Crandell D W. on 3/19/2023
    I enjoyed the stain glass work of art class. The amount of people in the class made me feel welcome. There were four other people in the class. So I received good one on one help. The teacher was kind & patient with me. Working with my hands to bring a work of art to life was great. I would take this class again. The studio was neat, clean, & arranged well. Job well done Craftsman.
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Elizabeth P. on 3/5/2023
    Sacha was a great teacher and the class was quite fun! Really great to walk away with a piece of beautiful art.
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Ingrid W. on 10/13/2022
    We enjoyed the class and the teachers very much. Highly recommend!
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Bruce V. on 9/20/2022
    Great intro class! I'm a Graphic Designer and try to take a lot of different 'hands-on' classes to learn new hobbies and get away from the computer screen. Kelsie was a great instructor, taught us a ton in the amount of time we had, and answered all the questions I threw at her (which was probably a lot). I had such a great experience that I ended up buying my own equipment to continue practicing at home. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in learning the process of Stained Glass and glass as a medium.
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Sunya A. on 9/15/2022
    I took this class with my cousin and it was really fun, the studio had a chill vibe. The class was small enough that you can freely talk to the instructor. We actually made a whole piece of art which was cool and all the equipment and all the necessary tools were provided. We had a super chill instructor who was helpful and also not super strict about little things so we had a certain amount of artistic and technical leeway. I'm actually planning on going back for some other classes at the studio because I really liked the vibe and the people.
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Robert C. on 8/11/2022
    The stained glass workshop for beginners was EXCELLENT!. The hands on learning experience revealed the artistry, creativity, and incredible skill associated with this art form. Kelsie was a superb teacher knowing when to pull the group together for a demonstration lesson, when to leave the group time for independent work, and when to offer her guidance in a time of need/advice. Her pleasant, encouraging, and kind demeanor is an essential characteristic for others to feel welcomed and vulnerable in a new learning experience. Her interactions were truly genuine.
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Amelia W. on 7/9/2022
    Super fun with a gorgeous result!
  • Make a Stained Glass Work of Art (Intro Level)

    Reviewed by Jake L. on 6/28/2022
    This was a fantastic class that did a great job breaking the stained glass process into very manageable steps. The teacher was very approachable, and did a great job helping with our initial designs. I was pretty intimidated going into it, but by the end, I wished I had gone with a more complicated design because it was much easier than I thought. I went with my wife and parents and we had a great time, walking away with finished pieces to be proud of.

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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