[PA-NJ Glassblowers] The Corning Museum of Glass Reveals the Mysteries of Venetian Glassmaking Techniques through new Online Resource

Tony Patti gaffer at glassblower.info
Mon Feb 1 21:59:13 EST 2016

Kim Thompson @ CMOG sent me this email today, 

Take a look at  <http://renvenetian.cmog.org/> http://renvenetian.cmog.org/

and see awesome Venetian techniques demonstrated!

So MANY ideas!

Tony Patti


The Corning Museum of Glass Reveals the Mysteries of Venetian Glassmaking
Techniques through new Online Resource 


CORNING, N.Y.-This morning, The Corning Museum of Glass released its
first-ever scholarly electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance
Venetian Glassworking <http://renvenetian.cmog.org/>  by artist and scholar,
William Gudenrath <https://www.cmog.org/bio/william-gudenrath> . A
culmination of a lifetime of research, this digital resource details the
techniques used to make glass on Murano, Venice's historic glassmaking
island, between about 1500 and 1700, a period known as "the golden age of
Venetian glass." Through 360-degree photography and high-definition video,
complete reconstructions of Venetian glassmaking techniques unknown for
centuries are now revealed. 


It is a widely-held belief that Venetian techniques represent the pinnacle
of difficulty in glassblowing. Studio glass artists have long studied
Venetian glassblowing methods in an effort to develop and refine their
skills, even if their work bears no relation to Venetian glass of any
period. Not well known, however, is how Venetian objects of the Renaissance
were made, as the Venetian government carefully kept secret the processes
behind the technically-confounding glass coming out of Murano. 


"With the publication of this work, The Corning Museum of Glass has enabled
lovers of Renaissance Venetian glass, whenever they reside or whatever their
level of interest, to appreciate this material more deeply through the
technical observations the work contains," said Karol Wight, president and
executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass. "Bill's years of research
and celebrated teaching methods come together in this electronic resource,
an engaging and exciting way to further our mission to tell the world about


Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, teacher, and resident advisor
at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. He has devoted decades to the
careful study of historical glassworking methods, with a strong emphasis on
Venetian glass objects of the 16th-18th centuries, spending countless hours
at his own glassblowing furnace attempting to recreate telling features
noted in original objects. 


"This is my investigation into the probable working practices of some of the
most skilled artisans of all time: the glassblowers of Renaissance Venice,"
said Gudenrath, who presents more than 40 narrated demonstration videos in
the electronic resource, illustrating the recreation of 25 "key objects" in
The Corning Museum of Glass collection, as well as 10 additional techniques.
"With no detailed contemporaneous descriptions of the maestros' working
methods, the objects alone must tell the story of how they were made." 


Gudenrath has been teaching classes in Venetian glassmaking techniques to
eager students at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass for years. This
year-the 20th anniversary of The Studio he and his wife, Amy Schwartz,
started in 1996-he's excited to share this new resource with his students. 


"I envision this resource being a big help in teaching both the fundamentals
and extremely advanced procedures to the many dedicated students of
glassblowing in the Venetian style," said Gudenrath. 

Gudenrath will present a lecture-video demo based on this electronic
resource at this year's Glass Art Society conference, which will be held
June 9-11 in Corning.  


As part of an ongoing effort to make the collection more digitally
accessible, The Corning Museum of Glass chose to release The Techniques of
Renaissance Venetian Glassworking <http://renvenetian.cmog.org/>  as a free,
updatable electronic resource, full of rich content meant to inform the
research of scholars, inspire artists, and captivate the curious public. 


"Scholars of glass reside around the world, as do the collections of
Venetian glass," said Scott Sayre, chief digital officer of The Corning
Museum of Glass. "We want to make this knowledge available to the broadest
possible audience by making it an easily accessed digital resource." 

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world's most important collection
of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years.
The 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing
<http://www.cmog.org/contemporary> , which opened in March 2015, includes a
new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of
the world's largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and design
sessions. These live glassblowing demos (offered at the Museum, on the road,
and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) 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, 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. Kids and teens, 17 and
under, receive free admission. www.cmog.org.


To access high-resolution images, visit https://www.cmog.org/press-center. 


Kim Thompson

Public Relations Specialist

The Corning Museum of Glass

607.438.5219 | m 607.333.0429 | CMOG.org <http://www.cmog.org/> 


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: http://glassblower.info/pipermail/pa-nj/attachments/20160201/4ed831ee/attachment.html 
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: image/jpeg
Size: 79421 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://glassblower.info/pipermail/pa-nj/attachments/20160201/4ed831ee/attachment.jpe 
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: image/jpeg
Size: 8572 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://glassblower.info/pipermail/pa-nj/attachments/20160201/4ed831ee/attachment-0001.jpe 

More information about the PA-NJ mailing list