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A Place for Creativity and Learning!

Our studio is excited to bring the fascinating experience of glassblowing to the Capital Region area of New York! Our workshops will bring unforgettable and personal hands-on glass making experiences to our guests.

Are You Looking For A Unique Gift This Year?
Give The Gift of Adventure and Exploration!

We offer We offer 6 Amazing Cave Tour Adventures OR Get Inspired at our NEW Glassblowing Studio and Create a One-of-a-Kind Treasure!

Just give our elves Nick and April a call at 518-296-8900 Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm to help you select something for everyone on your list! Let your friends and family experience the fun and excitement of Howe Caverns and Howe Glassworks!
We will help you create a custom gift card for just the right amount, that can be emailed to you for printing. If you prefer a gift card in the mail, there’s a $7 shipping fee, but we will include a certificate for a free half pound of our homemade fudge to sweeten the deal.

So give the gift they will always remember
and Make a Memory this Holiday!

If you ask anyone who has ever been they will tell you
“You Never Forget Howe”.

No Limits To What You Can Learn!

NO EXPERIENCE? NO PROBLEM! In the workshops below, we offer a private hands-on glassblowing experience. You will work with your instructor, who will help you create your very own work of art. You choose your workshop, glass colors, and then we will guide you through the step by step process of bringing your piece to life.

  • These workshops are available year round
  • Workshops are by reservation ONLY
  • Workshops must be paid at the time of reservation and are NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Workshops may last anywhere from 20-45 minutes
  • You must arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your workshop
  • Workshops are for ages 7-100+
  • One guest per project (except for the heart paperweight which may have 2 guests)
  • One hour pickup is available for the ornament and stemless wine glass; All other workshops require a 12 hour cooling cycle and may be picked up the next day or may be shipped directly to you at a flat rate of $30
  • Pieces WILL NOT be held past 14 days. Abandoned pieces will become property of Howe Glassworks
  • No loose fitting clothing
  • Closed-toed shoes required
  • Want to personalize your piece? Engraving is available for an additional $10 (free engraving is available for the heart paperweight and ruffle bowl)

Workshops

BOWLS

RUFFLE BOWL $150

 BUBBLE BOWL      $125 

VASES

FLOWSTONE VASE $90

TRADITIONAL VASE $75

DECOR

FLOWER $50

INFLATED PUMPKIN $100

TUMBLER $65

PAPERWEIGHTS

 ROUND $50

HEART $150

MINI SOLID PUMPKIN $35

ORNAMENTS

ROUND $50

TEAR DROP $50

SNOWMAN $65

Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Our Private Lessons are designed for the enthusiast looking to learn the ancient art of glassblowing and the hobbyist looking to expand their knowledge and skill set. No prior glassblowing experience is necessary; and all skill levels are welcome. During your lesson(s) you will learn the fundamentals of glassblowing: equipment use, hot shop safety, color application, assistant skills, design and creation.

  • $100 per hour for one student
  • $150 per hour for a couple
  • Lesson fee includes: private instruction, equipment use, glass and color
  • Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. NO REFUNDS

Glass 101

This 10 week, 30 hour intensive course will teach you: the fundamentals of glassblowing, hot shop safety, assistant skills, solid and vessel forms, creation and design.

  • Course fee is $1500
  • 50% deposit due at the time of reservation, balance due 7 days prior to the first lesson
  • If cancellation is made at least 7 days prior to the first lesson, a $200 cancellation fee will be retained
  • Course duration is 1- 3 hour lesson a week, for 10 weeks
  • Course fee includes: private instruction, use of studio equipment, a signed copy of Beginning Glassblowing by Edward T. Schmid, glass and color for each lesson

**If a 10 week commitment seems like too much, we offer 1 hour private lessons at $100 per hour which you can purchase at your convenience. Glass 101 is designed as a more economical option as 30 hours of Private Lessons would cost $3000.**

Programs

You Design it, We Create it!

This educational program is designed to give the children in school, scout, and camp groups the opportunity to see their design brought to life in glass. Our glassblower will randomly choose a picture submitted by your group and that design will be created by our talented gaffer. The person whose design was chosen will have the piece directly shipped to their home. All other children in your group will receive a complimentary Howe Glassworks medallion.

  • Fee for “You Design It, We Create It” Program is $200
  • Drawings should be submitted 7 days prior to demonstration date
  • Fee includes: educational demonstration with narration, glass creation, and glass medallions
  • This program is designed for school-aged children only and limited to school, scout, and camp groups
  • Payment in full due 7 days prior to demonstration date

Click below to download and print the form for each member in your group to draw their creation.

YOU DESIGN IT FORM DOWNLOAD

Ashes to Art

This program offers the opportunity to memorialize your loved one or beloved pet in a handcrafted glass creation that you can keep forever. This program is also available even if you are not able to visit the studio in person. Ship us the ashes of your dearly departed, your piece will be made specifically for you with love and respect by infusing the ashes into glass and creating a lasting beautiful memory.

  • Ashes to Art creation fee is $200
  • Payment due in full at the time of order. NO REFUNDS. NO RETURNS
  • Fee includes: glass, color (up to 3), and assisting the artist with your creation (optional)
  • Shape options for Ashes to Art are: heart, orb, or teardrop
  • Free engraving with name, date, and/or quote is available upon request
  • Shipping on any order is $30

Commissions & Custom Orders

Have an idea? We do custom work that fits within your budget. Please direct all inquiries to dorian@howeglassworks.com

Repairs

Repairs are available upon request. Pricing will be dependent on the size of the repair.

Events

Birthday Parties & Special Events

Celebrating a birthday? Want to host a bridal shower? Have a special event coming up? To inquire about hosting a special event, please email us at reception@howeglassworks.com.

Private Group Demonstrations

Demonstrations are always free during studio hours. If you would like to book a private demonstration, please contact us at reception@howeglassworks.com.

It’s Amazing To Just Watch!

DORIAN ORDOYNE – Director/Artist

Dorian discovered her passion for creativity at a very young age realizing that artistic expression brought her immense amounts of joy. She spent most of her childhood exploring many different mediums such as: dancing, painting, drawing, and pottery. Her passion for glass began in her hometown of New Orleans where she saw glassblowing for the very first time at the New Orleans Glassmaking and Printing Company.  In 2014, Dorian started an apprenticeship at Hollywood Hot Glass under the tutelage of Master Gaffer Brenna Baker Brown which deepened her love for the art.  Spending countless hours, Dorian has been able to hone her own skills and continue growing as an artist.

Dorian is very excited about her newest adventure and accepting the position of Resident Artist and Head Director of Howe Glassworks Studio at Howe Caverns in Howes Cave, NY. Dorian will use all of her training and knowledge to bring the amazing art of glassblowing to the Capital District and share her love of the art with our guests.

Anissa White – Guest Artist

Anissa White found her passion for glassblowing during her undergraduate studies at the Hartford Art School, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After taking her first glassblowing class, Anissa fell in love with a medium that was both challenging and exciting to work with.  Several years of hot glass fabrication classes allowed Anissa to develop a style of work that ranges from intricate flora imagery to functional work including: vases, cups, and various vessel forms.  She brings a playfulness to her forms through exploring color application techniques.  After graduating from Hartford Art School, she spent a year down in South Florida continuing to study both glass and ceramics; refining her own skills as well as teaching classes in both mediums.  Teaching brought Anissa off the bench and onto the floor of the studio where she discovered that instructing students on techniques and forms brought her as much joy as creating her own art work. Anissa is currently working under glass artist, Christopher Gray, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is excited to be able to share her passion for the art of glassblowing with the guests of Howe Glassworks as she continues to grow as an artist.

Matthew Kirk – Artist

Matt finds inspiration for his creative projects in just about any environment he is in. Expression combined with a drive for technical precision in art has shaped how he works as a glass artist. While obtaining a BFA in Computer Animation from Bowling Green State University, Matt took advantage of exploring a wide range of mediums but found his love for glassblowing during his first semester in 1998. Under the instruction and encouragement of Robert “Bud” Hurlstone (and many other talented glass artists) Matt continued to pursue glassblowing for the remaining duration of his college career, practicing Venetian (Murano) techniques and simply having fun with it; He has also performed live glass demonstrations at Cedar Point.
Matt loves interacting with people and is very excited to work hands-on with visitors at Howe Glassworks and guarantees they will understand his joy for this art form the minute they try it for themselves!

Get Fired Up! You will love it.

Reserve Your Adventure.
Call Now!

518 296-8900
Or Email Us!

Get Fired Up!
You will love it.

Reserve Your Adventure.
Call Now!

518 296-8900
Or Email Us!