CORNING - The Corning Museum of Glass has been awarded a $900,000 Market New York grant to expand The Studio and Make Your Own Glass workshop.

The overall cost of the project and the exact timeline when the work will be completed has not yet been released, according to Kim Thompson, a Corning Museum of Glass spokesman. The state grant funds must be used by 2021.

“We are in the earliest phases of exploring the feasibility of an expansion of the physical spaces associated with The Studio that would, in turn, allow an expansion of its various programming,” said Jim Gerhardt, Chief Advancement Officer at The Corning Museum of Glass.

City Manager Mark Ryckman said the upgrades will create an international comprehensive center for artists, students and visitors working with glass.

“This will provide an opportunity for the Corning Museum of Glass visitors of all ages and skill levels to have exciting, memorable, new and unique experiences trying many types of glassworking,” according to the grant award document.

The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass is a community of artists who come together to learn, create, and teach, Thompson said. Since opening its doors in 1996, The Studio has welcomed more than 20,000 students, instructors, and resident artists from around the world.

The Make Your Own Glass Expansion Capital Project grant was released by the Regional Economic Development Council in mid-2018.