Hot Glass Demo at the Museum

Hot Glass Demo at the Museum

The Hot Glass Demo is a live, narrated glassblowing demonstration, offered all day, every day. All demos are included in the cost of admission.

You’ll see master glassmakers take glowing gobs of molten glass on the end of a pipe and skillfully shape them into vases, bowls, or sculptures. A narrator talks through the process, and cameras inside the 2300°F furnace ensure you don’t miss a single step along the way. Each show lasts between 20-40 minutes.

Watching the gaffers (another term for master glassmakers) at Hot Glass Demos will give you a unique appreciation for the skill and artistry behind the objects you’ll encounter in the Museum’s galleries. The glassblowing technique was discovered by the Romans around 50 B.C. and many of the techniques and tools used by glassmakers today have been used for thousands of years.

The demonstrators on the Hot Glass Demo are some of the best glassmakers around. They love to share their fascination with this mysterious and mesmerizing material, demonstrate their artistry and answer your questions.

Learn About the Master Glassblowers

Steve Gibbs
Steve Gibbs
Senior Manager, Hot Glass Programs

Steve Gibbs always dreamed of becoming a glassblower. At 14, he apprenticed at his uncle's stained glass company. He went on to manage the business while in college, and eventually started his own stained glass business. Gibbs worked at Steuben...

Carl Siglin
Carl Siglin
Hot Glass Cruise Ship Team Leader

Carl Siglin began blowing glass in 2003 when he was hired as a technician at The Studio. Prior to his work in glass, Carl, who attended Syracuse University's School of Architecture, ran his own independent contracting company for 15 years. In...

 
Chris Rochelle
Chris Rochelle
Hot Glass Projects / Cruise Ship Team Leader

Chris Rochelle’s path as a glass artist traces back to Hartwick College, where he studied sculpture and painting. The school’s small glass program gave him his first taste of working with this unique medium. Upon graduation, he apprenticed in a...

Don Pierce
Don Pierce
Gaffer

Don Pierce has been blowing glass for more than 20 years. After completing the six-year Steuben apprenticeship program in only four years, he began his tenure with Steuben and came to the Museum in 2000. Invigorated by the creative expressions...