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           Enjoy a Hands-on Experience with Glass! 


  • Unique and affordably priced experiences  

  • All ages are welcome (as young as 2yrs old)


  • Activities available year-round by appointment 


  • Please call for more information or to schedule 

  • Glass gifts by local artists available in our retail area

  • Gift Certificates Available





About Us

Hands-on Glass was founded in 1990, originally as the first not-for-profit public access glass studio in Corning NY, offering instruction in glass-making for all ages and levels of experience.  With a vision to create an educational program in glass and to share the process of glassmaking in a city made famous by it. We owe a great debt of gratitude to so many in this community who have contributed to the creation of this studio at a grassroots level. We stand on many shoulders, from the local glassworkers of Corning's factories (who built the heart of Corning Glass) to the studio glassmakers from the region and beyond who have all contributed their rich glassmaking/ glassblowing experience, knowledge, and passion. We look forward to sharing this with you!

"It has been my privilege to operate and continue to grow Hands-on Glass in a community with such a rich glassmaking heritage."  -Rodi Rovner, Owner/Founder aka "the driving force"




  • What is Hands-on Glass Studio?
    We are an independent glass-blowing studio located in the finger lakes region of upstate New York, We welcome the entire family to participate in the experience of glassmaking. Honoring the heritage of Corning, the "Crystal City".
  • What Can I Make?
    Year 'round all ages are welcome (as young as 2yrs old) can blow-their-own ornament and pumpkin. Teens and adults can participate in a one-on-one lesson to make a paperweight. Visit our activities page for more information.
  • Can You Accommodate Large Groups?
    Yes! We require no minimum number of participants. We have motor-coach parking, ample restrooms, and offer handicap accessibility.
  • Can I take my piece home that same day?
    All glass items require an overnight cooling process called "annealing" and are ready the following day by noon for pickup or may be shipped for an additional fee.
  • COVID Protocol
    Each appointment is scheduled as a private session. The area is cleaned before and after each session. Several sterilizing and cleaning procedures are implemented to ensure a safe, and genuine experience!
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