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The Corning Museum of Glass Launches Online “Watch with the Artist” Series

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April 6, 2020

During its temporary closure, The Corning Museum of Glass is launching “Watch with the Artist,” a new online series on its award-winning YouTube channel. The series allows viewers a new way to engage live with talented glass artists, posing questions and commenting while watching past demonstrations in which the glassmakers created new works at the Museum in Corning, NY. The glassmakers participating in the live series were filmed as part of the Museum’s celebrated Guest Artists program.

During April, each Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT, a featured artist will be active on the Museum’s YouTube channel, ready to chat, answer questions and share stories with viewers about all things glassmaking.

April 8, 1 p.m.: William Gudenrath
The resident advisor at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Bill is a glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, and teacher. For his Watch with the Artist live event, Bill chose an “in-depth introduction to Venetian techniques,” which he presented to a class of glass students he taught at The Studio.

April 15, 1 p.m.: Catherine Labonté
Catherine lives and works in Montréal, and creates technically challenging cartoonish glass animals, which she hopes evoke laughter and wonder in viewers. Her Watch with the Artist presentation will show the creation of “Pierre the Penguin” who is currently exploring the empty Museum in a series of social media posts.

April 22, 1 p.m.: Eusheen Goines
An internationally recognized flameworker known for his flowing shapes and detailed pattern work, Eusheen will talk about a demo where he created a fillacello pendant.

April 29, 1 p.m.: Kristina Logan and Jeff Mack
Kristina is an acclaimed flameworker known for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads, while Jeff is a talented, technical glassmaker who works for the Museum. Their presentation focuses on a recent collaboration to combine Jeff’s blown glass goblet components with an intricate signature bead from Kristina for a stem.

“During this unprecedented moment when we may be physically distant, the Museum is proud to offer a new way for art lovers and artists to be socially together,” said Eric Meek, Senior Manager of Hot Glass Programs. “It’s fascinating to watch an artist create, but it’s rare to actually interact with them while they’re working. The Watch with the Artist series allows direct conversations between artists and fans as everyone watches the process unfold together.”

A glassmaker himself, Meek runs the Guest Artist program and was the featured artist during a soft launch of the Watch with the Artist series on April 1.

“It was great fun,” Meek continued. “It was refreshing for all involved to spend two hours chatting about a material we all love. During a time when I physically can’t be in the Museum’s hot shop creating new work, this is the next best thing.”

The Museum's YouTube channel, which has 144K subscribers, is currently seeing more than 50,000 visitors per day and the average watch time has been 1 hour and 17 minutes.

To access the Watch with the Artist series and many more pre-recorded glassmaking demonstrations, visit YouTube.com/corningmuseumofglass.

ABOUT THE GUEST ARTIST SERIES

The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Museum’s Amphitheater Hot Shop. These multi-day engagements provide Museum visitors with a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. Each artist is featured in a special, extended livestream demonstration for the Museum’s YouTube audience. The Hot Glass Demo Team assists and narrates, answering audience questions in real time. Hundreds of previously recorded demonstrations are available on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum and on the road), bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.