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 11:30 am the next day or shipped for an additional fee.

Important COVID safety information: All individuals in the Make Your Own Glass project area must wear a mask for the duration of the project with no exceptions—even if they have provided medical documentation that exempts them from wearing a face covering for their Museum visit. This provides an additional measure of safety to our guests and staff, who interact in closer proximity during projects, which are carefully configured to maximize social distancing to the degree possible. A plastic face shield is NOT an acceptable alternative to a mask for the purposes of a Make Your Own Glass experience. Visit our Health & Safety page for more information. 

Glassblowing and Glassforming

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 ‘blow’ air into the molten glass. Social distancing is required within The Studio’s hot shop work areas. Projects must be picked up after 11:30 am the next day or can be shipped for an additional fee. .

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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.

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Sandblasting

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

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Additional Information

Hours

The Make Your Own Glass Workshop is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Open 9 am to 5 pm Labor Day through Memorial Day. 

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

Sandblasting projects take place in the Ed Lab at the Museum. Most other 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. Most objects can be picked up the next day after 11:30 am. 

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

Curbside Pick Up Instructions

Designated parking spaces for curbside pick-up are located in front of The Studio. Call 607.426.9022 between 11:30 am - 6:30 pm, and a staff member will bring your project to you. If you choose to have your project handed directly to you, please wear a mask. If you’d like to go completely touch-free, just pop your trunk and we’ll place your package inside.

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.