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.*


Don’t be afraid to make a big splash!
Come make your very own magical, inspirational, colorful, Mermaid Tumbler. Sign up today and be your own kind of Mermaid!
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Thursday, 1 August-Monday, 2 September. 

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian or Anissa. 
  • There will be a special colors and application used in this workshop. 
  • The workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • $80.00


“Up, up and away my beautiful, my beautiful balloon.” DRAGONS! This photo is not photoshopped. Dorian & Pam took this breath-taking picture at the top of Vroman’s Nose, right here in our beautiful Schoharie Valley, this morning! Stunning, right? Come make your own beautiful balloon with Dorian! ** This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Thursday, 1 August – Monday, 2 September 2019

  • 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 offered in two sizes. 
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The workshop is approximately 30 minutes long.
  • The large balloon is $145.00 
  • The smaller balloon is $90.00 The special rainbow color application (pictured on the larger balloon is a $50.00 color upgrade) The rainbow color application may be used on both sizes of balloons.


YOU SPARKLE! If you are born in the month of August, your birthstone is the splendid peridot. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that only come in one color, olive-green, and truly manages to catch the eye due to its dazzling and unadulterated appearance.
Leos, you are known for your fiery nature and symbolized by the lion. You typically are natural born leaders who aren’t afraid to speak your minds. Leos are known to be extremely loyal, loving, and energetic. Family means everything  to Leos and they truly will do anything for the ones they love. As summer babies, you are born with positive energy, typically happy, and bubbly throughout life. August babies, come see us and make your special limited edition August Birthstone Ornament. 
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Thursday, 1 August-Saturday, 31 August.
  • 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.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The workshop is approximately 20 minutes long.
  • $65.00


Genie in a bottle? Nope! We’re thinking Citronella oil! How darling would this be on your patio?
Come make your very own outdoor oil lamp with Elise.
This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Monday, 5 August-Monday, 2 September.
  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • The workshop is approximately 40 minutes long.
  • $75.00


“The best wines are the ones we drink with friends”
They’re baaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!! THE STEMLESS WINEGLASS IS BACK- but only for a limited time. Why not grab a group of friends, celebrate a birthday, bachelorette party, host a corporate or team building event this summer? We made our glass and headed right on over to the Wine Cellar at grapevine farms to pick up a bottle of yummy Sangría.

This special limited edition workshop will be available beginning Monday, 5 August-Monday, 2 September.

  • This is a private (a guest may be in the studio with you observing) hands-on, one-on-one workshop with Dorian or Elise. 
  • No experience is necessary.
  • $60.00
  • $110.00 for a set of 2 (this can be a one person or two person workshop)
  • OR $50.00 per glass for a party of 6 or more

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)



RUFFLE BOWL $150 (Ages 10+)

 BUBBLE BOWL      $125 




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





 ROUND $50

HEART $135








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.**


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.

Cooling Process

(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, 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 dorian@howeglassworks.com


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


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 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.

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!