Hands On Glass Studio

Hands On Glass Studio, Corning: Address, Phone Number, Hands On Glass Studio Reviews: 5/5

Hands On Glass Studio
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Specialties All ages are welcome to enjoy a hands-on experience with glass! As young as 2yrs old can blow an ornament, or pumpkin. Teens and adults can also participant in a one-on-one lesson to make a paperweight. You'll cherish your treasure and the memory of making it. Unique and affordably priced. Glass gifts made by local artists also available in our retail area. Hands-on activities are available year around by appointment, day and evening hours available. Please call to schedule your appointment!! We are handicapped accessible, and have ample parking. For more information or directions please visit our website. History Established in 1990. Hands-on Glass was originally founded in 1990. It was the first public access studio in Corning, N.Y. offering instruction in glassmaking for all ages and levels of experience.
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De F
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You MUST go to this amazing studio! We traveled to Corning from Georgia and after speaking with the locals, we learned about this amazing place. Several people insisted that we must take a class with Rodi. We drove to the studio, which was just on the other side of the bridge from downtown Corning, and met Rodi. She was incredibly kind and chatted with us for a long time about glass, her work over the years, and she entertained my partner's questions (my partner is a lampworker and makes glass beads). While it is clear that she is highly skilled, talented and knowledgeable, she was also incredibly humble and kind.
We came back the next day for a hands on glass experience like no other! The price to make our own pieces, no matter which one(s) you choose, was very affordable especially when compared to the museum. My partner and I both made paperweights with Rodi and her assistant. They thoroughly explained the process in advance and then we created the paperweights with their help. Despite the fact that the glass is very hot, I felt very safe and comfortable with Rodi and her assistant by my side. We then made blown glass pumpkins and that process was much faster due to the nature of blowing glass but Rodi was just as informative and we actually got to blow the glass as opposed to just using a silly little pedal like the museum has. We had to have Rodi mail the pieces to us because we were leaving Corning that day but the shipping charge was beyond fair and she packed everything perfectly. All of the pieces arrived in perfect condition and they were even more beautiful than I had expected. As an added bonus, they etched my name and date onto the bottom of the paperweight at no extra charge (this is optional but now I will always remember when I went). I still can not believe that they are items I created with the help of Rodi! We did give her and her assistant a tip for their time and attention. We loved it so much, I wish we had more to give them!
Additionally, Rodi has lots of cool glass pieces for purchase in her shop at incredibly low prices, locally made and not imported. She has sun catchers, pen holders with pens, paperweights, mushrooms, cups, glasses, vases, etc. I guarantee you can find a beautiful piece for yourself or as a gift. I purchased 2 vases for my home and sun catchers as gifts and they were a hit!
All this to say, one day, we will return to Corning and instead of this being the place we go to on our last day, it will be the first place we go. Do yourself a favor and call Rodi in advance to schedule your unique hands on glass experience. You will not regret it!
Written June 17, 2021
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Ambouts
Cincinnati, OH107 contributions
Family
My family and I have been going to Hands on Glass for about 20 years and it is always our first stop when we visit the Finger Lakes area. We’ve made paper weights, pumpkins, and ornaments and have enjoyed each and every experience. We learn so much and the end result is beautiful always. We highly recommend a visit whether as a family, couple, group trip, or solo here whether to make glass or to purchase some of their gorgeous glass pieces! We will most definitely be back!!
Written May 28, 2021
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Kevin
Buffalo, NY5 contributions
Couples
The two of us each made a pumpkin and a paperweight. The paperweight was much more hands on, and worth the extra few dollars. If you are only going to make one item, go with the paperweight. We spoke to many people at our hotelthat did the glassblowing at the Corning Museum of glass.We are so happy we chose hands on class for our glassblowing experience, as everyone we spoke to was disappointed with the Corning Museum of glass experience. hands-on glass is a two minute drive from the Corning Museum of glass so if you're going to go blow glass don't miss hands-on glass it's a gem. we are on our way to pick up our blown items now and are quite excited.
Written June 13, 2021
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sahara
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Couples
We didn't have an experience. We had an appointment at 4:30 pm, we got there at 4:20, went inside and Noone was there, so we waited inside until 4:45, we said "hello" a could of times and had conversations with each other in hopes someone would hear us. Since Noone showed up my husband decided to call their number. The phone was ringing inside the studio, but Noone entered to pick up the phone. We waited another 5 minutes before we decided to leave.
On our way home she called back and said she waited for us. We explained that we were there waiting 20 mi. Past our appointment time, and instead of a simple " im sorry" she kept repeating that she was waiting for us and that we missed each other and that she would have heard us if we walked in. And that we didn't leave a message..... why would we, we were there and she didn't even come out when the phone was ringing, so it wouldnt have mattered. I asked why she didn't pop her head in to see if anyone was there since we set up an appointment. Again we were told because she didn't hear us. She seemed very defensive. Told her it's okay, but it's her business and now she lost our business. To which she replied that she doesn't care, it's not about money but giving people an experience... too bad her prices don't reflect that. Anyway. I NEVER leave bad reviews, and if she bad just apologized, I wouldn't have. Things happen, we are all human. I understand. But the tone in her voice making it seem like we did something wrong, when she did not show up rubbed me the wrong way.
Written August 28, 2021
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MarkTwainElmira
DeLand, FL221 contributions
Friends
For older or younger, Hands On Glass is a great experience. They take the time to explain the process and take all kinds
of safety precautions with the kids. Each person makes a beautiful glass piece of their choosing.
Written August 9, 2021
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Eli M
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We were on a road trip heading to Toronto, and looking for some light entertainment, specifically for our 4 year old son. When I called Hands on Glass, Rodi, the owner was so patient on the phone. Although she did not have an immediate appointment available, she invited us to come in regardless. Once there, she set up my son with a sun-catcher project, and gave my husband and myself a tour of the place. She allowed us to watch actual production of beautiful glass objects, and encouraged the staff to answer all of our questions! It was a great experience, and especially nice that we felt so welcomed by all the artists there. We had initially planned to spend about half an hour, but got so caught up and interested in the glass-making process and beautiful handmade creations, we ended up spending close to 2 hours there! Hope we'll have some other opportunity to visit again. Thanks guys!
Written March 1, 2020
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Thank you for coming to see us and we are glad you enjoyed your experience!
Written March 3, 2020
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buffylane
Long Valley, NJ580 contributions
My husband, son and I had appointments to blow glass ornaments and we were excited but a little apprehensive. I wasn't sure we could do it, but Rodi, the owner and her staff spend one on one time with every person so absolutely we could do it.
They patiently explain all the elements of blowing glass so you leave with a better appreciation for all that is involved in making glass, and you go home with a beautiful ornament!
Written February 18, 2020
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Thank you for the opportunity to share this glassmaking experience with you! We appreciate knowing we were able to pass on some knowledge about this amazing material.
Written February 19, 2020
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Pamela S
3 contributions
Couples
Rob made my day when we couldn’t get into blow glass he did a personal demonstration of torch work glass making an implosion pendant and answered many questions about setting up my own studio. The info has given me the comfort in making some important decisions. Thanks a bunch! Flame on!!!!!
Written October 12, 2020
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bilzbabe
Long Island, NY169 contributions
Friends
My adult daughter and I were on a girls trip and wanted to have some shared experiences. We really enjoyed making our own paperweights and blown glass pumpkins. The experience was both very informative and enjoyable. We were pleasantly surprised by how truly hands on it was when we were making the paperweights. It provided us both with memories of a great shared experience and wonderful keepsakes to take home. Highly recommend doing this.
Written October 24, 2020
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Thank you for coming and we are glad you enjoyed the experience!
Written October 25, 2020
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Boompa135
Oswego, IL131 contributions
Friends
This was one of the highlights of our trip to the finger lakes. The instructor was very patient and took his time showing us exactly what to do. My wife made a glass pumpkin, and I made a paperweight. The experience was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone coming through the area.
Written June 10, 2022
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