COVID-19 Response

March 22nd, 2021

With the weather improving, the vaccine rollout underway, and lower infection numbers in the city, we know it is tempting to relax and be less vigilant, but we implore our community to put health and safety first in their decision making and continue following all studio protocols for Covid-19 prevention. Our administrative staff is more regularly in the office, and our tech staff continues to work extremely hard to facilitate studio protocols and keep our community safe. Thank you so much, techs!

Our success in keeping the studio safe and available to our community is reliant on the responsible actions of our artists, students, teachers, and supporters. This includes wearing masks, physical distancing, and limiting travel. More information on these state issued guidelines, and the Vaccinate New York initiative, can be found here

UrbanGlass continues to follow guidelines from the city and state for safety protocols and guidance. We will share information regularly to help our community plan accordingly. 

Visit the staff page on our website for contact information, and we will respond to your inquiries promptly. Please note that voicemail messages will be forwarded to email while the office staff is not in the space full-time. 

Artist Misha Kahn at work in the studio.

Before scheduling your rental time in the studio, please review all of our updated 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 Manager,, to schedule time in the studio or with any questions or concerns. 

Artist and instructor Stephanie Sara Lifshutz leads an in-person neon private lesson.

We have resumed our in-person Private Lesson program, and are thrilled to have hosted students in neon, glassblowing, coldworking, and more! All of these lessons 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. Interested in coming into our studio for a private lesson? Please fill out an interest form to schedule. Private lessons are limited to Wednesday evenings and Saturdays - this allows for accommodation for both our rental community and the restarting of these programs. 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 lesson. 

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

Art Center Program Coordinator Meg Wachs assisting a customer with virtual personal shopping.

The Agnes Varis Art Center remains open with new, reduced hours, from 11:30 am-6:30 pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Our staff has been trained on PPE usage and state health guidelines, and is ready to welcome you back. Spend some time in our 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. We are offering curbside pick-up and virtual personal shopping for your convenience. For more information or to schedule, 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!

Artist Dorie Guthrie leads a virtual class on kilnforming and imagery techniques.

The Education Team continues to develop dynamic virtual offerings, including Design Building Block and Business of Glass classes to guide you in planning for studio time, and provide advice and strategies to run your own glass business. UrbanGlass@Home offers free guidance from our staff on a variety of topics from how to write a press release to casting with chocolate at home. 

Young explorers showing off their completed Faux Fused Leaf Take-Home Kits at Fort Greene Park.

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.

Resources for the UrbanGlass Community can still be found online here.