Make Your Own Glass

From hot glassworking to fusing, to sandblasting—you and your family can do just about anything with glass, with the help of our experienced glassworkers.

  • Opportunities exist for all ages.
  • No experience is necessary.

These short experiences vary in length from 15 minutes for hot glass projects to 40 minutes for fusing and sandblasting projects.

Each project may be completed by only one participant, unless otherwise noted. Appropriate safety equipment is provided and required for each project. A parent or guardian must remain in The Studio while children are participating in Make Your Own Glass experiences.

Spots fill quickly, so booking your experience online before your visit is recommended. If you or a member of your party aren’t feeling well, please call us up until the time of your appointment to cancel for a full refund.

Important information about shipping: Only sandblasted projects are available for same-day pick-up. All other projects must either be picked up after 12:00pm the next day or shipped for an additional fee.

Important COVID safety information: Make Your Own Glass guests are encouraged to follow all CDC and NYS guidelines for safe travel. As a family destination that welcomes all ages, our priority is to keep ALL of our guests and staff safe. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors to the Museum, and required for unvaccinated visitors (over age 2), as required by New York State.

Questions? Check out our Visitor Guidelines and COVID-19 Health & Safety pages to help you plan ahead for your visit. 

Seasonal and Limited-time

Special projects for the holidays or inspired by exhibitions.

AGES: 10+
May 28 - Oct 3
$33
AGES: all
Sep 7 - Nov 28
$33

Hot Glass Working

We are pleased to offer these projects to all ages. These hot works experiences last approximately 15 minutes. Participants select their project shape and color, then work with our experienced glassmakers using The Studio’s alternate air inflation device to inflate the molten glass by use of a foot pedal. Projects must be picked up after 11:30 am the next day or can be shipped for an additional fee.

AGES: all
AGES: all

Fusing

Create a design from small bits of glass and we'll fuse it in a kiln overnight. This project takes approximately 40 minutes, and is appropriate for ages 4+. Projects must be picked up after 11:30 am the next day or can be shipped for an additional fee.

AGES: 4+
AGES: 4+
AGES: 4+
AGES: 4+
AGES: 4+
AGES: 4+
AGES: 4+

Sandblasting

Create your own design on a glass or dish and take it home the same day. This project takes approximately 40 minutes.

AGES: all

Additional Information

Hours

The Make Your Own Glass Workshop is open daily 9 am to 5 pm Labor Day through Memorial Day. 

Open from 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Tickets

Tickets are required. All time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance Tickets (available online)

Experiences tend to sell out quickly. To better ensure you’ll be able to participate, it's best to reserve your tickets in advance. Buy your tickets online today. You can also call +1 (800) 732-6845 (press 2) or +1 (607) 438-5000 (direct line).

Same-Day Tickets

You may also purchase same-day tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis, immediately upon arrival at the Admissions counter along with your Museum admission or call +1 (800) 732-6845 on the day of your visit.

Checking In

All Make Your Own Glass projects take place at The Studio, directly across the parking lot from the main Museum building. You may head directly to The Studio to check in and print your ticket or check in at the Admissions Lobby in the main Museum building. 

Please arrive at your project location no more than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled experience. Please be prompt. If you are late for the time you have booked, we will not be able to accommodate you and no refunds will be available. 

Payment Options

Payment by credit card is required for phone reservations, and is non-refundable in the event of a missed appointment. If you or a member of your party aren't feeling well, please call us up until the time of your appointment to cancel for a full refund. If you get your tickets at the Museum, we accept cash and Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards. We do NOT accept personal checks or travelers checks. 

Pick Up or Ship Your Glass

All objects made in the workshop (except for sandblasted objects) must go through an overnight annealing (slow cooling) process and will not be available for same-day pick-up. All projects can be picked up the next day after 12:00pm.

If this is not possible, domestic and Canadian shipping is available (international shipping is not available at this time). 

When you get home, show us your creation! Take a selfie with your artwork and tag us #IMadeGlass!

Getting Here

Plan to arrive at the workshop 10 minutes before your appointment. Before your experience starts, you can browse the Frederick Carder Gallery, watch others try their hand at glassmaking, or check out the classes happening at The Studio.

Why does glass need to be annealed? Watch a short video about annealing glass to see what happens when glass is not properly annealed.