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Biography: Catherine Ayers

Catherine Ayers
Name: 
Catherine Ayers
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Glassblower

Catherine Ayers’ whimsical and unique glass creations are always changing through her ongoing incorporation of different inspirations and techniques. Often including colorful patterns and funky shapes in her work, Ayers is constantly learning more and more about glass as a material. “What I love about the creative process with glass is that it is challenging,” said Ayers. “There will always be new skills to learn and different ways to work with the material.”

Blowing glass since the summer of 2001, Ayers was introduced to the material when she enrolled in an introductory glassblowing class at The Studio where she was taught under the guidance of George Kennard. She had already been accepted into another arts program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, deciding then to change her major to earn a BFA in glass instead while also working at The Studio during summer breaks. After graduation, Ayers furthered her exploration of glass in Murano, Italy; at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine; and at The Sandwich Glass Museum on Cape Cod.

Ayers has worked for The Corning Museum of Glass since 2010. She has said that being a glass artist in Corning is unique due to its vibrant glassmaking community from all around the world. “On any given day, there are glassblowers from the Czech Republic or Murano [Italy], here working,” said Ayers. “So, you could be working over at The Studio and right next to you there’s an Italian master or someone learning the process for the first time: it’s a great community to be in.”

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Catherine Ayers was first drawn to the magic of glass when she enrolled in an introductory glassblowing class at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. She earned a BFA in glass at The Rochester Institute of Technology, working at The Studio during summer breaks. Catherine furthered her... more