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.

*Each Workshop is private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop . No experience is necessary.*

Special Limited Edition Workshops!

*Each Workshop is private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop . No experience is necessary.*

These workshops are available beginning Wednesday, 1 January- Friday, 31 January . 

Who doesn’t love a functional piece of art?
Come make this Oil or Vinegar Pourer OR make a set!

 
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $70.00.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
Kick off the New Year with all the January babies!
It is appropriate the year is first celebrated with the professional and independent Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19) and the intellectual and intuitive Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18). 
 
Here are some awesome facts about your January birthday:
 
–  January is home of several cool national monthly observances, including National Hobby Month, National Blood Donor Month, National Book Month, and National Thank You Month.
 
– January is a month of extremes! It is the coldest month in the northern hemisphere and the hottest month in the southern
 
– The flowers of January are the snowdrop and the carnation
 
– Your birthstone is the garnet, which represents purity, truth and friendship. 
Come visit us this month and make this gorgeous Garnet Birthstone Ornament!
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • This workshop is approximately 20 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $65.00.
  • This is a large Optic Teardrop Ornament. NO alterations can be made in shape, texture or color. 
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.”

This lovely vase with a flower at its mouth is the perfect way to splash a little color in your white winter world.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The cost is $90.00
  • No experience is necessary.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.

These workshops are available beginning Wednesday, 1 January – Sunday, 23 February. 

It is called “Two hearts, One love”

Here is a new spin on our very first special limited edition workshop ever at Howe Glassworks!

As you know, we rarely offer a two person workshop but this one is it! Come make these hearts alone and gift one or bring that someone special and each make a heart. 

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The cost is $100.00
  • No experience is necessary.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
 

These workshops are available beginning Saturday, 1 February- Sunday, 23 February. 

Drink up!

Check out our latest spin on this uniquely designed Cocktail Glass!

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian & Elise.
  • The cost is $70.00
  • No experience is necessary.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
 
“I have found the one whom my soul loves” LOVE BIRDS!

This class is a bit different as you will be learning about & concentrating on sculpting not inflating these pieces.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The cost is $100.00 for the pair of birds.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • Appropriate for age 15 and up
  • This workshop is approximately 45 minutes long.
 
“Will you accept this rose?” 🌹

In this Rose Paperweight workshop, you will be learning about & concentrating on sculpting.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The cost is $70.00.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • Appropriate for age 15 and up
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • the rose color can be any ONE color of your choice. There are 3 different greens that you can choose from for the leaves. 
 
Heeeeee’s Baaaaack!

“Peanut Butter Jellyfish” is available for the month of February!

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The cost is $125.00.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • This workshop is approximately 45 minutes long.
 

These workshops are available beginning Saturday, 1 February- Saturday, 29 February. 

February, the second month of the year,

brings some fun celebrations; including Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and birthdays for some amazing people born during this cold but festive time.

People born between February 1 and February 18 were born under the star sign Aquarius, while those born later in the month are under Pisces. Aquarians are often considered to be original and progressive thinkers with strong humanitarian instincts, while Pisces are often very compassionate and artistic. Surprisingly, red roses aren’t the go-to flower for people born in this month. Instead, they have two lovely blossoms to choose from : the violet, which signifies loyalty and faithfulness, and the primrose, which symbolizes youth and undying love. The birthstone for February is Amethyst. Ancient Greeks believed this rich purple gem kept the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted, while centuries later, Leonardo da Vinci claimed that Amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts. It’s also associated with peace, stability, courage, and strength. Ok, February babies, let’s put your creative and adventurous ways to good use! Come make this stunning special limited edition February Amethyst Birthstone Ornament.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • The cost is $65.00
  • No alterations can be made in Birthstone Ornaments’ shape, texture or color. 
  • No experience is necessary.
  • This workshop is approximately 25 minutes long.
 
Past Special Limited Edition Workshops Gallery!

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
  • All workshops require a 24 hour cooling cycle and may be picked up 48 hrs after your workshop or may be shipped directly to you at a flat rate of $25
  • 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)

Howe Glassworks

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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.

Howe Glassworks
Howe Glassworks
Howe Glassworks

Workshops

RUFFLE BOWL
$150 (Ages 10+)
 BUBBLE BOWL
$125
FLOWSTONE VASE
$90
TRADITIONAL VASE
$75
THE WHAT’S ON TOP VASE
$80 (Your Own Design)
FLOWER
$50
TUMBLER
$65
 ROUND PAPERWEIGHT
$50
HEART PAPERWEIGHT
$135
ROUND ORNAMENTS
$50
TEAR DROP ORNAMENTS
$50
WITCHES BALL ORNAMENTS
$65

Private Lessons

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

Cooling Process

IMPORTANT READ, DRAGONS!
(especially as we move into season)

What exactly goes into those great annealer reveals? It’s way more than you think. You just waved good-bye to your flaming hot creation as Dorian quickly whisked it away to the 925°F annealer. We tell everyone that pieces can be picked up the next day after 12p. Now, we wait.

It is now the next morning… you are VERY excited to pick up your piece. We are just as excited. Howe Caverns opens at 10a and we sometimes are greeted by a disappointed Dragon, staring at us with shock and disappointment saying, “but you “open” at 10a, why isn’t my piece ready?”


Dragons, we are going to explain the lengthy morning process that we cannot (and will not) rush. PLEASE read the captions of the following pictures. These are the last touches that ultimately give us your finished masterpieces and your beloved annealer reveal.
“Patience is a virtue.”

Click On The Photo To View The Process

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 or orb
  • 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 aprili@howeglassworks.com

Repairs

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

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.

It’s Amazing To Just Watch!

DORIAN ORDYNE – 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 decided to pursue a career in glassblowing. Under the tutelage of several Master Gaffers, Dorian was able to hone her own skills and continue growing as an artist. Now, she has finally found a place she is proud to call home; with us, right here in Upstate New York.

Dorian is our Resident Artist, Master Dragon, and Head Director of Howe Glassworks Studio at Howe Caverns in Howes Cave, NY. Dorian uses 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. 

Elise Betrus – Artist

Growing up watching her parents design and build rustic furniture, Elise Betrus has been surrounded by creativity all of her life. While attending undergraduate school at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, with intentions of earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing in Ceramics, she began her journey into the world of glass. She was quickly fascinated by the process of glassblowing and its ability to capture an artist’s full attention and allow daily stresses to melt away. Hailing from the beautiful scenic Adirondack Mountains, Elise has a deep love and respect for nature which has become the driving force behind her creative expression. She loves making glass/wood mixed media sculptures and installations. In 2016, Elise moved to Americus, Georgia, and began building glassblowing furnaces for Mobile Glassblowing Studios, LLC learning from Fabricators/Owners, Philip Vinson and Charles Wells. Elise has also spent many years as the glass director and a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron Project; a cross-generational community arts project. She Is very happy to be back here in Upstate New York teaching glassblowing where she is forever inspired by the picturesque Great Northeast.

Anissa White –  July – August 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.

Pam Newell – Hot Shop Assistant/Apprentice 

 

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!