Founded in 1977 by artists Richard Yelle and Erik Erikson as the New York Experimental glass workshop, UrbanGlass was the first artist access glass center in the United States and is now the largest. Previously, those interested in working in glass could only do so at art schools, in factories or by building their own studios. When UrbanGlass opened its doors, glass as an art medium became available for the first time to a wide range of artists at an affordable price.
Today, the facility of UrbanGlass serves as the primary studio of over 150 artists each year. In addition to the artist access studio, UrbanGlass offers a comprehensive education program of classes, workshops and intensives at every skill level from novice to professional in a wide variety of glassworking techniques, including glassblowing, hot casting, kiln casting, lampworking, fusing, slumping, neon, mosaics, stained glass and coldworking. Over 500 students a year come from around the world to study and work with a faculty that includes world renowned artists and designers and acknowledged glass masters. Through the depth and variety of its programs, UrbanGlass continues to be a distinctive and influential presence in the glass field and the most important East Coast center and resource for artists wishing to experiment with glass.
Situated in New York City, the art capital of the world, UrbanGlass enjoys access to a wealth of cultural resources, including dozens of world class museums and thousands of galleries and exhibition spaces. Here, at the fertile interface of art, opera, theater, design, fashion, music and cuisine, UrbanGlass artists and students find inspiration and context to transform and inform their lives and their art.
Classes at UrbanGlass offer students of all ages the opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of glass. Educational programming includes everything from classes for teens to master classes for professional artists. Weekly classes, week-long intensives, and two-day workshops make learning at UrbanGlass available to students of all levels and interests.
Great access to tools and materials in an open space - Urban Glass seems like a very cool place... On the class itself, I would have liked some instructions and Project templates to “take away” - ie, a bit more structure with the process, do’s and dont’s, because who will remember all of the complexity of stained glass object construction with a crash course over 2 days? Also - no info on whether or how to use the studio space where we met for two days after the class...
Super detailed and fun exercise. Amazing teacher and friendly facility, strongly recommended!
It was a great class, overcame some fears of cutting glass, learned a lot about glass
This class was way more than we expected, it was very hands on and we learned a lot of basic beginner techniques. The instructors were knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend.
Alan Dorsey D.
An excellent overview of a very specific sub-genre of woodworking. However, I would not recommend it for a general audience as the tools and techniques described are very unusual and the processes difficult to reproduce by the non-expert. For those with a woodturning or glassblowing background it will be fascinating.
The class was great! I came in having Zero experience and I left with my own panel that I’m super happy with :) you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with stained glass. I’m looking forward to making more creations in the future now. Totally would recommend.
Great instructor, nice facility, had a great time and learned a lot. Exactly what I was looking for.
Great introduction to stained glass and 3D modeling. Accommodating if you came with ideas but also fine for those of us who didn’t.
Laura and Deane were great! They were very informative, approachable, amiable and very knowledgeable. One suggestion is that I would have loved a cheat sheet so I could remember all the tools, steps and great tips they shared.
This was a great class. You can come in with no knowledge of how to make stained glass and leave with your own panel piece. Since everyone works at their own pace on different projects, there were never too many people standing around waiting for instruction on the next part. If you were waiting, it was up to you to get the instructor's attention and the instruction you received never felt rushed. Speaking of, Laura and Deanne were excellent teachers. I definitely recommend good shoes since you are standing for most of the 14 hours!
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