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.

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.*

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” (Emily Brontë)
This Leaf Vase is a unique piece in several ways. It will afford you the opportunity to work with both of our Master Dragons, Dorian and Elise, in is creation. It is an inflated vessel with sculpted bits, using a custom autumnal frit mix. 
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 1 November- Sunday, 1 December.
  • The vase will be as pictured. No exceptions or changes in color. 
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian and Elise.
  • This workshop is approximately 45 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • You must be age 13 or older to do this workshop.
  • The cost is $150.00.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
 

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

November Topaz Birthstone Ornament! Calling all of our Scorpios; eighth sign of the Zodiac, sign of water, ruled by Pluto! Your sign is often mistaken for being the sign of fire because of its incredible power and strength. You are a very complex sort often described as being focused, determined, loyal, strong,  clairvoyant, intuitive, passionate, hypnotic, but you can also be jealous, possessive, and hurtful.  Topaz is your birthstone. It symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect. Because you are complicated enough on your own, we decided to keep this ornament simple!
This fantastic design is created using our custom-made blow mold. This is the first one like it in our Birthstone Series. This experience is a different aspect of glassblowing that our Dragons do not normally see or do. Although there are fewer steps involved in this workshop, the end result is this one-of-a-kind geometric beauty. 
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 1 November- Sunday, 1 December.
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Elise or Dorian.
  • This workshop is approximately 20 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $55.00.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

This piece is beyond special and important to us. No one is immune from the effects of breast cancer. Even if you’re lucky enough to never experience breast cancer yourself, chances are that within your lifetime, you’ll know someone who has. They are our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, cousins, and friends. Whether you are currently living with cancer, are now cancer-free, or have lost a loved one from cancer, WE ARE WITH YOU. You are our warriors, survivors, and angels. We created this piece to support our fighters, admire our survivors, and honor our taken.

This special limited edition Pink Witches Ball workshop will be available for the remainder of October. 

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Elise or Dorian.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $$55.00. We will be donating $25.00 from each Witches Ball made, directly to a fund set up with Howe Caverns and St. Peter’s Breast Cancer Center. Howe Caverns will be matching whatever funds are raised by Howe Glassworks. Proceeds will go directly to patients and their care/expenses.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Always believe that something wonderful is just around the corner… like Christmas! Come make this delightful Santa Hat Ornament! 
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 1 November- Sunday, 1 December.
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Elise or 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

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

This Thanksgiving, let us be grateful that we were not born a turkey and that we were able to make this adorable friend, Giblet, the Turkey! 
his special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 1 November- Sunday, 1 December.
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Elise.
  • This workshop is approximately 40 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • You must be age 13 or older to do this workshop.
  • The cost is $70.00
  • The body of the turkey will be brown as pictured. The tail, gobbler & “hair” colors may be red, orange or yellow only. (All three bits must be of the same color)
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Oh, my gourd! Let’s give ‘em pumpkin to talk about…as in this awesome Crackle Pumpkin! This crackled look will be achieved by using a special technique & water that has not yet been not used any of our other workshops yet!

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Tuesday, 1 October-Thursday, 31 October.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • Pumpkins will be created using translucent Orange or Amber ONLY. 
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • $110.00

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

“And now a special sort of death for one so fair. What shall it be? Ah! A Poison Apple. Sleeping Death. One taste of the Poisoned Apple and the victim’s eyes will close forever in the Sleeping Death.”

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Tuesday, 1 October-Thursday, 31 October.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • $75.00

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Ahh, October—the month of Halloween, football, pumpkin spice and all things nice including some pretty awesome people! Pink Tourmaline and Opals are the Birthstone of October but Pink Tourmaline is the spiritual Birthstone of Libra. October born babies are peace-loving individuals who love harmony and want to be surrounded by beauty. We know that you October babies are artistic and creative in nature. Put your birth-given personality characteristic to good use and come make your very own Pink Tourmaline Birthstone Ornament. 

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Tuesday, 1 October-Thursday, 31 October.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • This is a large Optic Teardrop Ornament. NO alterations can be made in shape, texture or color. 
  • The workshop is approximately 20 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • $65.00

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.” 
-Emily Dickinson. 

Feathers can have so many significant meanings in our lives: Hope, Truth, Speed, Spirit, Travel, Levity, Flight, Heavenly messages, Nature and Fertility. How do they speak to you? 

Visit us to make your very own special Feather. 

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Tuesday, 1 October-Thursday, 31 October.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian.
  • The workshop is approximately 20 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • $60.00

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Agate Slice Tumbler!
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Tuesday, 1 October-Thursday, 31 October.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian or Elise.
  • The workshop is approximately 20 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • This Tumbler is available in SOLID colors of Purple, Blue, Green, or Pink only! 
  • $70.00
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)

Workshops

BOWLS

RUFFLE BOWL $150 (Ages 10+)

 BUBBLE BOWL      $125 

VASES

FLOWSTONE VASE $90

TRADITIONAL VASE $75

THE WHAT’S ON TOP VASE $80 (Your Own Design)

DECOR

FLOWER $50

TUMBLER $65

PAPERWEIGHTS

 ROUND $50

HEART $135

ORNAMENTS

ROUND $50

TEAR DROP $50

SNOWMAN $65

WITCHES BALL $65

Seasonal

INFLATED PUMPKIN $100

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 dorian@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!