Make Your Own Glass

From hot glassworking, to flameworking, 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 are 20 to 40 minutes in length, depending on the Make Your Own Glass project.

A project may be completed by 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.

Celebrate GlassFest by participating in the GlassFest Quilt. In conjunction with Corning's Gaffer District and The Arts Council of The Southern Finger Lakes, The Studio is delighted to offer Museum guests a chance to participate in a community art project. The GlassFest Quilt will be a collage of fused 4x4 tiles–each featuring their own unique design. The project will be displayed proudly outside of The Radisson in Corning, NY during GlassFest 11 from May 21–24. Anyone is welcome to donate* a tile, but this opportunity is only available until May 14. In order to participate, you need to purchase a Make Your Own Glass small fusing project for $23.00 and inform your instructor on arrival that you would like to donate your finished tile to the GlassFest Quilt.

*Guests should be advised that, by donating their tile, they are giving it to The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and they will not receive it back after the event is over. As a thank you for their participation, anyone who donates a tile will receive a memento from The Arts Council.

Spots fill quickly, booking your experience online before your visit is recommended.

Important information about shipping: All items (except sandblasted items) are not available for same-day pick-up, and must either be picked up after noon the next day (please allow two days for beads/pendants made in the last two sessions of the day) or shipped for an additional fee.

Seasonal and Limited-time

Special projects for the holidays or inspired by exhibitions

AGES:
all
Nov 16 - Mar 1
$33
AGES:
10+
Nov 16 - Mar 1
$23
AGES:
14+
Mar 2 - Mar 29
$50
AGES:
all
Mar 2 - May 1
$33
AGES:
10+
Mar 2 - May 1
$23
AGES:
10+
Mar 2 - May 1
$23
AGES:
10+
Mar 2 - May 1
$23

Glassblowing and Glassforming

Shape hot glass with a blowpipe or other tools

AGES:
all
AGES:
all
AGES:
14+

Flameworking

A guided introduction to working with molten glass at the torch

AGES:
10+
$23
AGES:
10+

Fusing

Create a design from small bits of glass and we'll fuse it in a kiln overnight

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

AGES:
all

Additional Information

Hours

The Make Your Own Glass Workshop is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm.

Open 9 am to 8 pm in 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.

Payment Options

Payment by credit card is required for phone reservations, and is non-refundable in the event of a missed appointment. 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. Most objects can be picked up the next day after 12 p.m. (please allow two days for beads/pendants made in the last two sessions of the day).

If this is not possible, domestic and Canadian shipping is available (international shipping is not available at this time). There is no charge for shipping flameworked beads and pendants.

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.