Through studios, classes, exhibitions, and publishing, UrbanGlass is committed to furthering the use of glass as a creative medium.
Founded in 1977 by a group of artists as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States and is now the largest. Today, UrbanGlass serves as the primary studio of over 200 artists and designers. In addition, UrbanGlass offers a comprehensive education program for students at every age and skill level - from children to working artists - in a variety of techniques, including glassblowing, kiln casting, flameworking, mosaics, and stained glass. Over 500 students a year come to study and work with faculty that includes world-renowned artists and designers. In addition to providing opportunities for people of all ages to create with glass, UrbanGlass also provides a forum for the contemplation of glass as an artistic medium through a magazine, Glass Quarterly, and through exhibitions and events in our Agnes Varis Art Center.