Flameworking Demo

Flameworking Demo

Flameworking Demos are live, narrated demonstrations of glassworking at a 5,000°F gas- and oxygen-powered torch. Demos take place throughout the day, in the Glass Innovation Center, and are included in the cost of admission. Allow 15 minutes per demonstration, the duration of special demos may vary. See today's schedule.

Flameworking DemoExpert flameworkers demonstrate the glassmaking technique of forming objects from rods and tubes of glass at a torch, and talks you through the process. During each Demo, you’ll see the flameworker melt the rods and tubes in the flame and then shape the softened glass into any variety of shapes, from glass animals to beads to ornaments, sculptures, and vessels.

The flameworking technique probably dates back to ancient times. It was certainly known in France and Venice in the 15th century, and it has been practiced ever since. Originally, the source of the flame was an oil or paraffin lamp. Today, flameworkers use torches fueled with gas. Flameworking was the first glassworking technique demonstrated at the Museum, and it continues to be demonstrated here every day.

See Special Demos

Investigating the Blaschka Legacy (Glass Innovation Center)
Investigating the Blaschka LegacyWith an amazing level of proficiency, the Blaschkas used the lampworking process to create thousands of models of marine invertebrates and plants. Watch as the Museum’s flameworkers shape hot glass into sea creatures using techniques similar to those the Blaschkas used to make the objects on display in the exhibition, Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka on view through January 8, 2017. Watch up close as flameworkers craft intricate glass pieces to appreciate the complexity of fragile work made more than a century ago.

See Today's Schedule and look for the starred (*) Investigating the Blaschka Legacy shows on the Flameworking schedule.

Reflecting the Collections (Glass Innovation Center)
The Museum’s demonstrators are inspired and influenced by the works and artists represented in our collections. For this 30- to 45-minute presentation, demonstrators will reference an artwork on view in the Museum and show the influence it has had on their personal work. Discover how contemporary artists are influenced by art, history, science, and their peers, as well as their passions, interests, and strengths.

See Today's Schedule and look for the starred (*) Reflecting the Collections shows on the Flameworking schedule.

Learn About the Master Flameworkers

Vincent M. Desparrois

Vincent Desparrois has been studying art and design since first attending school for glassmaking in 2008. A graduate of Salem Community college in New Jersey, he is inspired to explore the techniques of glass craft from a design standpoint....

Jen Kuhn

Jen Kuhn came to glassmaking late in life. After spending decades working with children and animals, she was introduced to flameworking by a friend. She then took a one-week class at The Studio and became dedicated to bead making in soda-lime...

Caitlin Hyde

Caitlin Hyde lives in Corning, NY, and has been making flameworked glass beads and small sculpture since 1996. She teaches workshops at The Corning Museum of Glass and across the country. Hyde’s background in illustration, textile design, and...

Eric Goldschmidt
Properties of Glass Programs Supervisor

Eric Goldschmidt is the Properties of Glass Programs Supervisor at The Corning Museum of Glass. He has been working with flameworked glass since 1996, when his roommate introduced him to the torch. Since then, he has studied with and assisted...