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Biography: William Gudenrath

William Gudenrath
William Gudenrath
Resident Advisor

William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, and teacher. He is recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on glassmaking techniques of the ancient world through the 18th century. He has spent many decades studying specific works in glass in an attempt to determine how they were made. As such, he was monikered the “glass detective” by the Associated Press after the release of his first electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking, in 2016. In 2019, he released a follow-up resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking, that focuses on Renaissance-style Venetian glass.

Although much of Gudenrath’s life has been dedicated to the material he fell in love with at the age of 11 upon being introduced to glass through a chemistry set, Gudenrath took a detour in 1974 to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and in 1978 to earn his Master of Music degree from the Julliard School. He, along with his wife Amy Schwartz, moved to Corning in 1995 to design, build, program, and lead The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, where Gudenrath continues to serve as the resident advisor.

In addition to his numerous contributions in print and video on many aspects of glass history, Gudenrath is co-chairman, with Lino Tagliapietra, of the technical committee of Venetian Glass Study Days at the Istituo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arit, in Venice, and serves on the International Advisory Committee UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, N.Y. His works are sold in the Museum Shops, as well as other exclusive stores and galleries nationwide.



Blog Posts by this Author

The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass hosts more than 1,000 students in its glassmaking classes every year. We welcome students from all over the country and the world to our classes. Here are a few things students can look forward to doing during their time in Corning. Students... more
This blog post comes to us from guest contributor Evan Turk, an award-winning illustrator and children’s book author. Originally from Colorado, Evan was, until recently, living in the Hudson Valley of New York, only a short drive away from the Museum. Research into the world of glass and... more
If someone asked, “Hey, remember the time John Cleese visited the Museum and blew glass?” you could be excused for doing a double-take and thinking “What, when?!” Well, strap in, because we’ve got a story for you, and the person who tells it best is William Gudenrath, Resident Advisor at The... more