CORNING, NEW YORK.- Over the next year, artists from The Corning Museum of Glass will bring the live glassmaking experience to the public, the design community, and museums worldwide through the innovative technology of the Hot Glass Roadshow. Conceived and developed by the Museum, the Roadshow pairs master glassmakers with unique mobile hot glass workshops, recreating a state-of-the-art studio environment on the road and allowing the Museum’s expert staff to demonstrate complex hot glassmaking techniques at venues worldwide in conjunction with exhibitions and other art and design world initiatives.
Engagement with live glassmaking is central to the experience at the Corning Museum. These programs complement the history and the artistry of glass showcased in the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections, and allow visitors to learn about the full scope of the material, from its creation to its myriad uses. The Hot Glass Roadshow was developed to extend this experience beyond the walls of the Museum with a wide range of programs at such venues as the Getty Villa, SOFA Chicago, Art Basel Miami/Design Miami, the Museum of Science and Industry, Domaine de Boisbuchet, and Art Basel.
Staffed by Museum glassmaking experts, the Roadshow presents complementary programming at each venue.
“This initiative brings the experience of live glassmaking into the communities where we are collaborating in exhibitions, art fairs, and other civic events, furthering our mission to showcase not only the art and history of glass, but the artistry and traditions of glassmaking itself,” said executive director Dr. David Whitehouse. “Our programs are developed to provide educational experiences that encompass both contemplative displays as well as an active engagement with glass, and the Roadshow allows us to fulfill our mission among an even broader audience.”