COVID-19 Response

May 14th, 2021

While new guidance regarding safety policies continues to come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and the NYC government, UrbanGlass will continue to require masks and social distancing as we carefully evaluate this new scientific information. Throughout the pandemic and this time of great uncertainty, it has always been our position that the health and safety of our community members is absolutely primary. Therefore, we encourage everyone to continue putting health and safety first in your decision making and thank you for continuing to follow all studio protocols for Covid-19 prevention. Stay safe and take care of each other! And get vaccinated!  More information on the state issued guidelines, and the Vaccinate New York initiative, can be found here

Before scheduling your rental time in the studio, please review all of our Health and Safety Policies, including guidance on returning to the studio, PPE, and more. You will also find an informational video describing new protocols and how to return safely to the studio. Please email our Studio Assistant,, to schedule time in the studio or with any questions or concerns. 

Our first in-person classes are starting in June. Classes will run with limited capacity on weeknights and Saturdays. We are so excited to welcome new and returning students into the studio space. Check out upcoming classes here. All of these in-person education offerings are running with strict Covid-19 safety protocols in place, ensuring both instructors and students feel comfortable easing back into the teaching and learning process. All students and instructors must also fill out a form confirming their commitment to our Covid-19 protocols, and confirm they have not travelled outside of the tri-state area in the weeks leading up to the class. 

We have resumed our in-person Private Lesson program, and are thrilled to have hosted students in neon, glassblowing, coldworking, and more! Interested in coming into our studio for a private lesson? Please fill out an interest form to schedule. 

We are also offering interactive virtual tour and demonstration options for your group, party, or school!  

The Agnes Varis Art Center remains open with new, reduced hours, from 11:30 am-6:30 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. Spend some time in our gallery and store, UrbanGlass|ware, shopping for handcrafted goods to support local artists and craftspeople. You can also shop from the comfort of your home through our online store. For more information, please email Be sure to share how your new wares look in your home using the hashtag #myurbanglassware, and we will repost your picture on our instagram and facebook!

We still need your help as we recover from the impacts of the past year! Gifts made to the UrbanGlass Relief Fund provide urgently needed support for artists who rely on our studios to run their small businesses; the students who visit our facilities to learn how to express themselves through contemporary art and craft; and members of the public of all ages in search of an inclusive community. Click here to make your gift at any level and ensure UrbanGlass’ future.