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Virtual Glassmaking Returns: The Corning Museum of Glass Announces New Programming

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October 5, 2020

The Corning Museum of Glass has announced a new line-up of live-streamed glassmaking programming for the fall and holiday season, with new demonstrations each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The line-up includes the ever-popular series You Design It; We Make It—only this time, people can participate from home!

The Museum launched You Design It; We Make It demos nearly two decades ago, allowing visitors to draw pictures and submit them for a chance to have their design turned into glass. The person whose design is selected gets to keep the finished piece. Over the years, many people have asked if they can submit drawings from home, but it hasn’t been possible—until now. Each demo will have a theme and creative prompt to inspire home artists with their designs. Themes and submission guidelines can be found on our website.

“With so many families engaged in at-home education this year, we’re hopeful that virtual You Design It; We Make It demos will be fun for parents and their kids to participate in together,” said Eric Meek, Sr. Manager of Hot Glass Programs. “Our glassmakers are excited to see the creativity that our themes will spark, and we love being challenged to create work we’d never dream up on our own. Families can then gather together and watch the creation process live during our demo, or catch it on our YouTube channel any time.”

A playlist of past You Design It; We Make It demos is available on our YouTube channel.

A New Demo Features Artists and Their A-Games

Opposite Wednesdays will feature different programming: the new Bring the Heat demo.

There’s something magical about watching a master at work. Unparalleled expertise and skillful execution combine to inspire awe in anyone who observes an artist “in the zone.” Glassmakers who work in the Museum’s Amphitheater Hot Shop are some of the world’s most talented artists working in glass—and they’re ready to bring the heat in a new series of demonstrations that features individual artists and their A-games. During each demo, an artist will proudly present a personal design they’ve worked to perfect, and will be live on the mic to answer audience questions in real time—a rarity for live artist demonstrations, and a first at the Museum.

The first example of Bring the Heat is now available on YouTube

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.