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.

This morning, April, Dorian & Elise proudly made a visit to St. Peter’s Hospital to present, Kat, the Center’s Director, a $1500.00 donation for the Breast Care Center. These funds will go directly to patients’ care and expenses. We want to thank all of your Dragons, that either came in or ordered, a Pink Breast Cancer Witches Ball to support this very important cause. We also want to thank, Howe Caverns for their generous matching of funds.

“Because kindness matters” ; a simple but very profound sentiment.
There is an importance and an impact for being kind. Research repeatedly has shown that kindness not only encourages empathy toward others but also brings about lasting well-being along with an improved quality of life. It is very easy to get caught up in our daily routines, to be overwhelmed with busy schedules, and never-ending to-do lists but it really only takes a simple act of kindness to make a difference, boost our own mood, and brighten someone else’s day. This holiday season, we are collecting food to donate to local food pantries and we would love your help to make this successful, Dragons! If you are coming in for a workshop anytime between 8 Nov-22 December, and you bring an item to donate, we will give you a Fellowship of the Dragon car decal as a thank you.

**Please check expiration dates and also make sure that foods are non-perishable. **
We thank you in advance

1. canned beans
2. dry beans
3. peanut butter, or other nut butters
4. rolled oats
5. canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup
6. canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium
7. low-sodium soups
8. canned tuna in water
9. canned chicken
10. brown rice
11. quinoa
12. nuts, unsalted
13. seeds, unsalted
14. shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
15. whole grain pasta
16. low-sodium pasta sauce
17. popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)
18. canned stews
19. unsweetened apple sauce
20. whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals
21. olive or canola oil
22. canned tomatoes
23. dried fruits, no sugar added
24. honey
25. chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock
**Please check expiration dates and also make sure that foods are non-perishable. **
We thank you in advance

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 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!!!

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!!!

December really is one of the most cheerful months of the year (even if the weather doesn’t agree) In fact, December babies carry the seasonal spirit all year long and are totally awesome! If you are born in December you are born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) or Capricorn (December 22 – January 19). Those born under the sign of Sagittarius love to ask questions and live for the future.Sagittarians are also known for their idealism, as well as their impatience. They live to explore and understand their role in the world, and they don’t like to be held back. Those born under the sign of Capricorn tend to be very determined, practical, and helpful. Like Sagittarius, they can be very ambitious, but they approach their ambitions with more logic and discipline, and thus don’t take as big of risks. Blue Topaz is your birthstone. It is a jewel of love and loyalty. It represents eternal romance, friendship, honesty, clarity of feelings, and deep emotional attachment. December babies, come see us and make your special limited edition December Blue Topaz Birthstone Ornament. 
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Sunday, 1 December-Tuesday, 31 December
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • This workshop is approximately 25 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $65.00.
  • No alterations can be made in Birthstone Ornaments’ shape, texture or color.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
 

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Let’s toast to the holidays! This special limited edition Champagne Flute workshop will be available beginning Sunday, 1 December-Tuesday, 31 December. This piece is different than any other glassware that we have done in the past. The flute itself will be clear and will have an outer spiral and lip wrap. You may pick your spiral & lip wrap color. (same color for the spiral & lip wrap)
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • One single serving (6 oz.) of Champagne per flute is included
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $65.00 for one single flute and $120.00 for a pair.  
  • If you make a pair, the lip wrap and outer spiral wrap must have the same color for both flutes.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
 

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Nothing says traditional Christmas like red and green. We love this simple but elegant Clear Ornament with Red & Green Frit giving its unique texture.
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Sunday, 1 December- Tuesday, 31 December.
  • 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 $55.00.
  • The ornament is as pictured. There will be no color changes, no exceptions. Tassel is included. 
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
 

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Frozen inspired Icicle Teardrop Ornament. How perfect of a gift would movie tickets to see Frozen 2 and this stunning ornament make?! This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 13 November-Sunday, 15 December. 

  • 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.
  • The colors and shape are as pictured. No variations, no exceptions.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

“Every Who down in Whovillle liked Christmas a lot.” And who doesn’t love a Whoville Tree?
This whimsical tree is an inflated piece with a garland wrap, a unique red ornament, and a great deal of character. 

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 15 November-Sunday, 15 December. 

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • This workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $90.00.
  • The colors are as pictured. No variations. No exceptions.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900

NEW SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION WORKSHOP!!!

Love to go gnome for the holidays?
Well, this jolly Christmas Gnome is for you! 

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Friday, 29 November-Tuesday, 31 December.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • This workshop is approximately one hour long.
  • The base has a hole so you are able to put fairy lights in your Gnome, if you wish.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The cost is $160.00.
  • The colors are as pictured. No variations. No exceptions.
  • Please make your reservation by calling 518.296.8900
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

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 $25

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!