Class Information

Additional Information

Application Process

Studio classes are offered year-round, in a variety of techniques, for all skill levels and are taught by top international glassmaking artists and instructors. With a staff that's passionate about glass and helps to take care of all your needs while you are here, you'll find it easy to concentrate on learning all you can about glass during your time in Corning.

Our Fall and Winter course offerings are posted on August 15. Spring and Summer course offerings are posted by December 15 at 9AM Eastern Time.

Spring and fall class registration and summer online class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If a class is full, you can add yourself to a waiting list. As space opens, we will contact you. Experience has shown that we do receive cancellations and people do get into classes from waiting lists.

Summer and winter on-site one- and two-week intensive classes are filled by a lottery and application process. Applications must be received by March 15 for summer intensive classes and October 15 for winter intensive classes. There is a non-refundable application fee of $20 to apply for up to two classes and $10 for each additional class. After the lottery process, if spaces are still available they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We will notify you by email by March 30 for summer intensive classes and October 30 for winter intensive classes of your class status. Full payment must be received by May 1 for summer intensive classes and December 1 for winter intensive classes.

After May 1 and December 1, when all payments have been made, we know if a class still has openings. We encourage you to contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at +1 (607) 438-5100 after these dates to see if there are still openings and before applying. Submitting an application requires an application fee. Experience has shown that we receive cancellations and people do get into classes from waiting lists.

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Course Levels Defined

All Levels
All welcome
Students who have no experience, some experience, or significant experience are welcome. Instruction is tailored to the needs of each student.

No experience or little experience
A beginner is someone who has never worked with glass before or has had very limited experience with it. A beginner may be a student who is learning the basic skills to manipulate glass. Students who have taken a few weekend workshops are beginners.

Advanced Beginner
Less than 1 year experience
An advanced beginner is expected to have experience with the fundamentals of the process taught in the class. An example for a hot glass class would be familiarity with gathering out of the furnace, marvering and blowing a bubble. Or a kiln former who has prepared and fired a kiln multiple times. Students should consider this a “next steps” course after a beginning week-long course or several beginning courses.

Solid 1+ years of experience; confidence in skills
An intermediate student should be comfortable with manipulating glass and anticipating the results. Intermediate classes are intended for those who have worked with glass intensively over the course of one or more years and would be looking to take a class to enhance skills and knowledge. An example would be a student taking a hot glass class who is already proficient in vessel-making and transferring, as well as a varitey of color application techniques. Or a flameworking who is familiar with manipulating glass with a torch and making beads on a mandrill.

Solid 2+ years of experience; solid skills
An advanced student will have solid glassmaking skills and extensive experience over the course of at least two years. Advanced classes provide instruction to artists who are refining their established skill sets. Advanced students are expected to utilize their years of experience to excel with challenging techniques and new styles of working.

Merit based
Students of juried classes will be selected from the applicants based on merit. Juried classes require images of work to be submitted and accepted for enrollment.

Little or no experience
Students of teen classes will be between the ages 14 and 16. No glassworking experience is necessary. Teen classes will focus on the fundamentals of glassmaking.

If you are in doubt about your skills in relation to a specific class, please email or call The Studio for advice at +1 607.438.5100 or [email protected].

Age Restrictions

Weekend, Evening, and One-Day Classes
We welcome students 10 years of age and older for flameworking and kiln working, and 14 and older for glassblowing. Parents must be in attendance for children 10 to 14 years of age.

Intensive One- and Two-Week On-site Summer Classes
Because of the intensive nature of our program, (students may be at work until 11 pm) our classes are not generally suited for people under 17. Students who are under 17 and wish to enroll must have special permission to sign up. Please call for further information +1 607.438.5100. Students under 21 may not stay at the Quality Inn unsupervised. Please email [email protected] for alternate housing information.

After-Hours Practice

During the spring and fall, The Studio will remain open (by request) after on-site classes on Saturdays so that students in glassblowing and flameworking workshops may rent practice time at reduced rates. During summer intensive and winter intensive courses, The Studio is open until 11 pm for practice.


We offer a number of amenities to make your experience at The Studio enjoyable and productive.

Photography Room
Our photography room is equipped with a professional lighting setup, a high-end digital camera and tripod, a slide scanner, photo printer and Photoshop. At no charge during their course enrollment, students and teachers may take images of their work. The room is available for hourly rental to non-students. During summer and winter intensive classes, a photographer is available during certain hours.

Other Amenities
Corning is full of glass-related opportunities. During summer intensive and winter intensive courses, we offer a variety of activities to students. A schedule of tours, lectures by glass experts, artist presentations, and other opportunities will be given to participants upon their arrival to their classes. The Studio offers free wi-fi throughout its facilities, and a computer with internet access, available for student use.

Class Size

On-site courses are limited to a maximum of nine students to ensure individual attention.

College Credit

College credit is available through Corning Community College. In certain cases, an additional fee is required. Please inquire for further details.

Class Costs


Winter 2022




Room & Board

(single room)

Room & Board

(shared room)

Application fee




(not available) (not available)


One week $900.00 $773.00 + sales tax
= $855.00
$451.00 + sales tax
= $490.00


Summer 2022 


Room & Board

(single room)

Room & Board

(shared room)

Application fee


Three-day $450.00 (not available) (not available) $20.00

One week

$900.00 $892.00 + sales tax
= $985.00
$510.00 + sales tax
= $560.00

Two weeks

$1,700.00 $1,784.00 + sales tax
= $1,970.00
$1020.00 + sales tax
= $1120.00

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Summer/Winter On-Site Intensive Courses
If you need to cancel, please contact [email protected] or +1 (607) 438-5100. A refund, less a $200 cancellation fee and your application fee, is available if cancellation is made at least 30 days before the first day of class. Thereafter, if refunds are requested at least seven days before the start of class, a 50-percent refund will be given for tuition only, not for room and board. No refunds will be given after that time. If, for any reason, it is necessary for us to cancel a class, a full refund will be given for tuition and for room and board.

Spring/Fall and Online Courses
A 50-percent refund will be given for cancellations made at least seven days before the start of class. No refund will be given after that time. If you need to cancel, please contact [email protected] or +1 (607) 438-5100. If it is necessary for us to cancel a class for any reason, a full refund will be given.

Room and Board

Summer/Winter On-site Intensive Courses
Accommodations for one and two-week courses are provided by the Quality Inn, with standard, air-conditioned rooms containing two double beds. The Quality Inn is located a short walk from The Studio. Each room will be shared by two students. A few single rooms are available at an additional cost. Room availability is subject to change, and there is no guarantee that you will get a single room. If you prefer not to share a room, we suggest that you make separate housing arrangements.

Please note: guests of the Quality Inn must be 21 years of age or accompanied by a guardian. If you are not 21, please call us to discuss alternative housing options.

Meals are provided by local restaurants, which can accommodate vegetarian diets. All room and meal costs are included. Dinner, following the completion of the course, is on your own. Weekend meals during a two-week course are also on your own.

There are other hotels in close proximity to The Studio. If you wish, you can make your own housing arrangements. In addition, some local people rent rooms in their homes to students. If you'd like to see a list of options for private home stays, please email us at [email protected]. The Studio merely provides this list, we do not make arrangements for home stays.

Spring/Fall On-site Courses
Students in weekend workshops in need of accommodation may contact the nearby Quality Inn at +1 (607) 962-1515 or the Staybridge Suites at +1 (607) 936-7800. Please identify yourself as a student at The Studio.

Course Program Format

Summer/Winter On-site Intensive Courses
Each course begins with an informal (not mandatory) dinner at 7 pm on Sunday night and then an orientation at 8:30 am on Monday at The Studio.

Classes generally run from 9 am to 4 pm with a one-hour lunch break. Instructors may alter the schedule if necessary. The Studio is open until 11 pm for practice. Most days there are special events. One-week courses end at 6 pm on Saturday and two-week courses end at 6 pm on Friday.

A full schedule of events will be given to each student on the first day of class. Students should plan to check in at the Quality Inn no earlier than 3 pm the day before their courses begin, and to leave either the evening the courses end or early the next day. (Note that staying over a Saturday night may reduce airfare.) Following a one-week course, students are on their own for dinner Saturday evening, and they must check out of the hotel by 11 am on Sunday.

Spring/Fall On-site Courses
All hot-glass work requires overnight cooling in an annealer. Pieces my be picked up beginning Monday for a weekend workshop, the day following a one day workshop, or shipped for an additional fee.

The Studio will remain open (by request) after weekend classes on Saturdays so that students in glassblowing and flameworking workshops may rent practice time. Please contact us for details.

Weekend and one-day classes run from 9 am to 4 pm, and there is a break for lunch on your own at noon. There is a café in the Museum and there are other places to eat close by. If you prefer to bring your own lunch, there is a refrigerator in our lunchroom.

Please wear long sleeve cotton shirts and comfortable closed toed and heeled shoes. Please tie back long hair.

Location and Travel

The Studio is located across the back parking lot from the main Museum building. There is a banner that says “The Studio” outside our doors and there is parking in that location.

Corning is 250 miles (402 kilometers) from New York City.

Travel by Air
You can fly into The Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (ELM), which is a 15-minute car ride from the Museum. Delta and Allegiant Air offer flights.

Getting to The Studio from the Airport
Transportation from the airport to The Corning Museum of Glass is available through Bill's Taxi at +1 (607) 731-8801 or Terp's Enterprises at +1 (607) 795-4426. Arrangements should be made at least 24 hours before the arrival of your flight.

Travel by Bus
ShortLine offers bus service to Corning, NY from New York City. The trip will take approximately 5.5 hours. For information, visit or call +1 (800) 631-8405. In New York, NY, the Port Authority Bus Terminal is located at the corner of 42nd Street & 8th Avenue. In Corning, The ShortLine bus stop is located at the corner of Chestnut Street and Denison Parkway.

Languages of Instruction

Instruction within the classes will be in English and the language of the instructor. If the instructor is a non-English speaker, they will have teaching assistants who will also serve as translators.