Private Glass Blowing in NYC

From: $225   

Location(s):

Brooklyn, NY

Availability:

Year-Round:
Saturdays - 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM & 4:30 PM

For one of the most unique things to do in NYC on a weekend, engage in a hands-on exploration of an intriguing medium in the art world! This Private Glass Blowing Class in NYC is truly your ticket to a one-of-a-kind experience in the Big Apple.

  • Discover the magic behind molten glass as you learn a variety of techniques from an expert glass blower in NYC.
  • Receive personalized, hands-on guidance from an artist with over 25 years of experience working with this unique art medium.
  • Practice skills imperative to the art and science of glass blowing such as: safety, handling, blowing and Venetian cane techniques, color application, cold working, and casting.
  • Choose from the studio's various glass blowing classes in NYC, and design a colorful piece of art that's all your own.
  • This Brooklyn glass blowing instructor's work is sold around the world in places such as the Museum of Modern Art.


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Description:
The Private Glass Blowing Class in NYC is your chance to challenge your creative side! Explore a rather bizarre and beautiful medium, while immersing yourself in one of the most innovative things to do in New York City, as either a visitor or a local.

Let your imagination run wild as you try your hand at this timeless art form. Enjoy the comfort, personalization and professionalism of learning in an exclusive Brooklyn glass blowing studio setting. Under the steady, encouraging guidance of an expert glass blower, you'll absorb enticing topics surrounding the practice such as its history, tools, skills and techniques, handling, cold working, color application, and more. Delight in a number of customized demonstrations, then give the methods a try for yourself!

The instructor for this superb Private Glass Blowing Class in NYC comes with over 25 years of expertise in this intriguing trade. Outside of conducting glass blowing classes in New York with students, his own glass making endeavors include worldwide sales, as well as serving as a featured artist in books and other media. So you know you're in the most capable and experienced hands as you embark on this NYC art journey.

Your private instruction comes with a different options from which to choose, depending on how many glass making lessons you'd like (one or two), and whether you prefer to enjoy a solo session or be accompanied by a plus-one. Regardless of the nature of your Brooklyn glass blowing lesson(s), rest assured you'll finish up with a handmade treasure that's all your own, such as a paperweight or cup.

Have questions regarding what some of the odds 'n' ends of these NYC glass blowing classes entail? Here are some answers! First and foremost, all levels of skill are welcome whether it's your first time giving glass blowing lessons a go, or you've dabbled a bit here and there. The instructor will be sure to tailor the class(es) to best fit your ability. When it comes to age, however, participants must be at least 16 years old for this particular New York experience, with parents accompanying anyone under 18.

And what about the masterpiece you design during the lesson? Due to the heating and cooling characteristics of glass, your creation must be left overnight at the studio, to cool in the oven and set properly. Items may be picked up by students shortly thereafter, and shipping is available (for a fee) for those unable to return to the Brooklyn location.

And what's the deal with all of the aforementioned tools and techniques that are covered in the Private Glass Blowing Class in NYC, you might ask? Glass blowing is, essentially, the art of making a bubble (also called a parison) out of molten glass using a blowpipe. As a trade that dates back to B.C. times, this skill has certainly seen improvements in terms of methodology and equipment. Your NY glass blowing lesson will cover "gathering," which involves using short puffs to shape a melted blob into a desired shape at the end of the blowpipe. Your expert glass blower will elaborate on further instruction, as you try your own hand at this exquisite art form.

As your Brooklyn glass blowing class also covers some fascinating history, participants can expect to enjoy exposure to the Venetian cane techniques, which span across a 500-year period. Give this timeless skill a whirl, as you design a modern piece that you can cherish for years to come. You'll also be introduced to a number of clever tools that will assist you throughout your studio time.

Ready to embark on your glass making journey? Check out the NYC glass blowing class options below, for additional information on what's currently available at the Brooklyn-based studio.

One-Session Private Glass Blowing Class in NYC (2 Hours)
This one-time class is fantastic for beginners and starts out with a brief history of glass blowing, as well as the processes that are used. Next you'll review some tools, then set up shop in the studio! Observe and practice "gathering" the glass to make a couple of small items (typically marbles or a flower). Finally, it's time to go big before you go home for the day! Work your way up to creating a paperweight with vibrant layers of color, that's sure to brighten up any work or shelf space.

Two-Session Private Glass Blowing Class in NYC (2 Hours per Session)
Double the Brooklyn glass making fun with this two-part lesson! Your first class will entail the same instruction and hands-on practice as described above, for the one-session option. The second class will then start with a review of the first, then jump right into learning how to start a bubble using a blowpipe. After a few attempts, you'll combine both old and new skills to make a cup. Blow a bubble, use multiple gathers to increase the size, mold a lip, add color, and then transfer your artwork using a punty (the iron rode used to handle the glass). And voila! You have yourself a new way to enjoy your favorite beverages.

Experience one of the most unique things to do in New York City, that comes with a blow-your-mind amount of fun and creativity! Save sightseeing tours and mainstream Manhattan attractions for another day. And head to Brooklyn instead, for an authentic NY activity. Private Glass Blowing Classes in NYC are a perfect way to indulge in the Big Apple's unique array of art and culture offerings, while making memories as timeless as this special trade.



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Essential Information:

  • Participants must be at least 16 years old
  • Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent
  • All levels are welcome and your class will cater toward your ability
  • Materials and tools are included
  • Students typically will take home handmade marbles and a paperweight so that they can show their work to the world
  • Items must cool overnight in the oven, but will be available for pick-up
  • Shipping fees will apply for items that cannot be picked up

Duration:
2 hours per class

Maximum Participants:
For 1 or 2 participants depending on the option selected.

Spectators:
This is a private glass blowing class.

Weather Dependent:
This experience is not weather dependent.

What to Wear:
Wear long sleeves and long pants made of cotton. Please also wear closed toed shoes and bring eyewear.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 30 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

Experience ID:
LIF-NEW-0058

Customer Reviews:

  • Private Glass Blowing

  • May 10, 2017

  • 5

  • New York

"Kevin, our instructor, was awesome. We learned so much about the glass-making process and received incredible hands-on experience. I would highly recommend this experience!"

  • Private Glass Blowing

  • March 06, 2017

  • 5

  • New York

"Kevin was so informative. Our care and safety was his top priority. Kevin had the patience of a saint with us. He was great! I have always been fascinated with this form of art, and this experience was just what I was looking for. It was harder than it looks but I would recommend it to anyone. An A+ lesson."

  • Private Glass Blowing

  • August 29, 2016

  • 5

  • New York

"Kevin was very knowledgeable, helpful, and a good teacher, not to mention experienced. I later learned he's been doing glassblowing since 1969! I bought the lesson for two for me and my girlfriend. After introducing ourselves to Kevin, he went through some basics with us with demonstrations and safety precautions, then we dove right in. While being able to work with the glass ourselves was fun, it was even more rewarding to be able to watch the master at work with a demonstration when we had some extra time. I'm definitely interested in continuing with a second class. "