Founded in 1977 as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop and located in downtown Brooklyn since 1991, UrbanGlass promotes interest in glass art through exhibitions in its Robert Lehman Gallery and the publication of GLASS magazine. Glass in all its glory is on view at it studio, from the wall-of-glass lobby to the window wall, which allows viewers to watch neon-bending and lamp working. Artists can learn glassmaking through residencies, workshops and access to furnaces and equipment.
UrbanGlass is an international center for the creation and appreciation of new art made of glass. It is the largest glassworking studio in the world, occupying 17,000 square feet, and is open to any qualified artist who wants to rent time and equipment there. Visitors to the studio may watch glass being blown, see the most delightful products of those efforts in the studio's Robert Lehman Gallery or purchase newly blown glass art in the gift shop.
Families are invited to attend UrbanGlass' periodic Open Houses, held on Sunday afternoons. These events allow the public to participate in such studio goings-on as tours, demonstrations and gallery openings. For a $40 fee, visitors can step up to where glass is blown, and fashion paperweights. Children can bring in a clean glass jar, design it with tape and stickers and, for a $5 fee, have it sandblasted.
UrbanGlass conducts guided tours for small school groups. Call to arrange a time. Offered in Spanish or other languages by special arrangement.