Have you always wanted to try glassblowing? You can! Just a mile from our new apartments in Gowanus lies UrbanGlass – the largest glass studio on the East Coast. According to its website, “UrbanGlass fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium.” The studio, which was established in 1977 provides a space for more than 380 artists to come together to create glass works. Artists rent a space at the studio, which is closed to the public, and have access to 17,000 square feet of state-of-the-art studios which are filled with natural light and the best equipment that exists for the medium. While the studio is closed to the public, you can hop on a free tour of it every Saturday which leaves from Agnes Varis Art Center.
Speaking of the art center, this space is where the public can learn about cutting edge art and design in the glass world. The center features works by those artists at UrbanGlass as well as glass artists from around the world. In addition to viewing these works, you have a chance to bring a piece of the glass world home to new apartments in Gowanus through UrbanGlass|ware, a retail shop featuring jewelry and functional objects made by artists and designers locally and world-wide. The art center features ever-changing exhibits and is open seven days a week.
If you’d like to try your hand at glassblowing, UrbanGlass offers workshops and programs to those of all ages and skill levels. From summer camp programs to the most advanced glass work levels, there is something for everyone to try at UrbanGlass. Whether you want to learn about making beads or just figure out the basics, finding something for your skill level is easy. The studio offers programs like two-day workshops, week-long intensives, or weekly classes.
Whether you just want to see what others have created, or learn how to create something of your own, UrbanGlass is a great adventure just blocks from our new apartments in Gowanus.