William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance, and has presented lectures and demonstrations throughout the world. Resident adviser for The Studio, Gudenrath ensures excellence in the facility and its programs, and regularly teaches introductory and advanced courses in Venetian techniques.
He demonstrates techniques he believes to have been employed by glassmakers of the past, and these are illustrated and described in a number of books and video segments including Chronicle: The Portland Vase (BBC-TVand A&E, 1989), Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press, 1991), Journey through Glass: A Tour of the Corning Museum Collection (The Corning Museum of Glass, 1992), and Master Class Series II: Introduction to Venetian Techniques with William Gudenrath (The Corning Museum of Glass, 1998). In addition, Gudenrath co-authored with noted glass scholar Dr. David Whitehouse several articles on the manufacture and ancient repair of the Portland Vase for the 1990 volume of the Journal of Glass Studies.
Gudenrath received degrees in music from North Texas State University and the Juilliard School, and is on the International Advisory Committee UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. His works are sold in the Museum’s GlassMarket, as well as other exclusive stores and galleries nationwide.