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
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.**
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.
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 email@example.com
Repairs are available upon request. Pricing will be dependent on the size of the repair.
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!