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