Behind the Glass

Behind the Glass

The Behind the Glass lecture series takes place the second Thursday of the month. These events include the Museum’s popular Meet the Artist lectures, as well as talks by curators, writers, and historians. All lectures are free and open to the public. Watch lectures on our YouTube Channel and see photos from the events below. 


Behind the Glass: Curators and Collecting
January 9, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Did you ever wonder about the people who acquire and care for the works in The Corning Museum of Glass? Hear from our dynamic team of curators as they share information about the Museum’s collection, and talk about their experiences, their favorite...
Behind the Glass: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany
February 13, 2014 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Hear from historian and author Paul Doros and the Museum’s curator of American glass Kelly Conway about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Conway will introduce Tiffany’s work, highlighting the expansive range of artistic objects created during...
Image courtesy of the British Museum, New York Council for the Humanities
March 13, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm
This event features a lecture by Dr. Paul Roberts, senior curator, head of the Roman Collections, Greek and Roman Department at The British Museum. Dr. Roberts will speak on themes related to his 2013 British Museum exhibition Life and Death in...
Behind the Glass: Meet the Artist Mark Peiser
April 10, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Hear a lecture by glass artist Mark Peiser. Free and open to the public. Mark Peiser is an innovator and an American studio glass pioneer who has never hesitated to explore new directions in glass and glassmaking techniques. Since 1967, he has developed...


Meet the Artist: Richard Marquis
March 14, 2013 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Enjoy a free lecture by Richard Marquis, glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects. Marquis has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass, in America and around the world. His work is humorous, ironic,...
Meet the Artist: Michael Glancy
June 20, 2013 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Hear from artist Michael Glancy, whose abstract vessels explore nature, science, and metaphysics. Glancy’s pieces begin as cell-like patterns and arcane notations jotted down on paper. The objects slowly acquire form and texture, shaped and revealed by...
Andrew Erdos
November 14, 2013 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Hear a lecture by the 2013 Rakow Commission artist Andrew Erdos. The lecture will be followed by coffee and cookies beginning at 7:45pm. Both are free and open to the public. The artwork of Andrew Erdos is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of...


Cady Coleman
March 8, 2012
Special Event for School Groups (Live streamed to your classroom) 9:30 am – 10:15 am, suggested for grades K-4 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, suggested for grades 5 and up Astronaut Cady Coleman spent six months on the international Space Station in 2011. Hear...
March 8, 2012 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Artist Josh Simpson and his wife, Cady Coleman, a renowned astronaut, provide a joint lecture. Simpson creates wondrously detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass. Coleman spent six months on the International Space Station in 2011. They will...
Fritz Dreisbach
June 7, 2012 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Studio glass pioneer Fritz Dreisbach offers a survey of the first decades of American studio glass. Dreisbach was a %%founding%% member of the Glass Art Society, 2002 recipient of the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an unofficial historian...
Specimen Block (Red) by Steffen Dam
October 19, 2012 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Museum Members at the Donor Level and above are invited to attend the  2012 Rakow Commission lecture by artist Steffen Dam. The lecture is being presented as part of the Museum’s Annual Seminar on Glass. It will be followed by a private reception in...


Susan Plum - Woven Heaven, Tangled Earth
February 10, 2011
Enjoy a lecture by mixed-media artist Susan Plum. For her, glass is a metaphor for light and a way to concretize the invisible. She weaves glass, or “filaments of light,” into intricate sculptures. Of Mexican heritage, Plum was born in the United States...
200 Inch Disk
March 24, 2011
Hear from Scott Kardel, the public affairs coordinator for the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center for astronomical research that is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. There are five telescopes used at Palomar, including...
June 23, 2011
Dedicated to reviving the role of glass instruments in today’s international music scene, Dennis James presents lectures and solo glass armonica recitals at major venues around the world, records albums, and collaborates with other musicians and...
Meet the Artist: Klaus Moje
November 9, 2011
Klaus Moje is an internationally known artist and influential teacher who pioneered studio glass in Europe and later in Australia. Early in his career, Moje chose to work with a set of simple geometric shapes-such as the circle and the square-in the form...


Dante Marioni - Chartreuse Pair
February 25, 2010
Dante Marioni’s signature style has been described as the purest of classical forms executed in glass by an American glassblower. His sophisticated and boldly colored contemporary vessels are inspired by Greek and Etruscan forms that reflect the rich...
Jiří Harcuba - Portrait of Jaroslav Horejc
June 24, 2010
Hear from Czech artist and master engraver, Jiří Harcuba, and his student and emerging artist, April Surgent. Harcuba, a renowned artist and educator whose work is featured in the current Masters of Studio Glass exhibition, is known for his...
Luke Jerram - HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
October 15, 2010
Luke Jerram describes himself as a “color-blind installation artist, who fuses his artistic practice with scientific and perceptual studies.” He creates sculptures, installations, soundscapes, and public art projects that investigate how the mind works,...


Kristina Logan - Constellation Necklace
March 5, 2009
Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create both jewelry and functional objects. Says Logan, “Beads are part of my lifelong fascination with art and...
Richard Meitner - Suasta
April 3, 2009
The intellectual, poetic, and always changing work of American artist Richard Craig Meitner is the subject of the newest exhibition in the Masters of Studio Glass series, on view April 4 – October 18, 2009. This lecture is an opportunity to hear the...
Isabel De Obaldía - Rey del Cenote
October 16, 2009
De Obaldía, who lives and works in Panama City, Republic of Panama, is an experienced artist. She has studied and worked with a diverse range of media, from drawing, painting and graphic design, to architecture, cinematography, and, most recently, glass...


Karen LaMonte - Evening Dress with Shawl
February 28, 2008
Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear from sculptor Karen LaMonte, whose work explores notions of female identity through cast glass clothing and other objects such as hand mirrors. Her subject is nearly always the dress, which ranges in size from that for a...
Khait Rhoads - Eye Vase
April 21, 2008
Kait Rhoads and Amy Rueffert represent a younger generation of artists who are working with glass in new ways. Rhoads, who innovatively and skillfully interprets traditional Italian techniques of murrine and filigrana in her vessels and wall panels, also...
Tom Patti - Red Lumina Spectral Starphire with Green
June 12, 2008
Enjoy a lecture by Thomas Patti, a widely respected artist and studio glass pioneer who has devoted much of his career to researching different formulations of glasses and hot-forming techniques. He pioneered the exploration of industrial and...
Zora Palová - North Sea Waves
October 17, 2008
Palová, who lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, first studied painting and sculpture and then switched to glass, studying with well-known Czech glass sculptor Václav Cigler. She worked independently for 20 years while raising a family before...
Thérèse Lahaie - Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych
November 6, 2008
Thérèse Lahaie creates kinetic sculptures using glass. By giving her pieces movement, Lahaie aims to animate the glass and to call attention to the unique ability of the material to capture light. Her pieces, which are colorless and assume the hues of...


Michael Rogers - The Murmur of the Bees
March 29, 2007
Enjoy a lecture by Michael Rogers, the artist who created 13 Crows, a sculpture made of suspended, luminous cast-glass crows wrapped in Japanese newspaper, currently on display in the Sculpture Gallery. Rogers often combines glass and mixed...
Toots Zynsky - Libertá (Liberty)
April 17, 2007
Toots Zynsky builds amorphous, glass vessels that defy categorization, her objects inhabiting a region where painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts meet. In this interview, Zynsky discusses the early days of the American studio glass movement when...
Lino Tagliapietra - Hopi
May 15, 2007
Lino Tagliapietra is a master and teacher of traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques, and an artist who has helped shape the world of contemporary studio glass. He creates work known for its exceptional complexity, elegance, and visual poetry. In...
Beth Lipman -  Untitled (after A. Martini)
June 11, 2007
Beth Lipman creates still lifes in hand-sculpted glass. Her works explore the concept of immortalizing perishable objects in glass, paying homage to still life paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries, in which the presentation of beautifully composed...
Marvin Lipofsky - California Loop Series
July 25, 2007
Marvin Lipofsky, one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement, has promoted, developed, and taught the medium of blown glass as a material for sculpture since the early 1960s. Lipofsky's non-objective vessels break apart and rearrange the...
Steven I. Weinberg - Whale Rock Boat #201019
November 1, 2007
Enjoy a joint lecture by studio glass artists, Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg, the two artists represented in the first in a series of Masters of Studio Glass exhibitions. Both artists will present a short presentation about their work...
Debora Moore -  Host IX-Epidendrum
November 30, 2007
Debora Moore, recipient of the Museum’s 2007 Rakow Commission, has worked with glass since the late 1980s and is best known for her complex studies of orchids, orchid trees and bamboo shoots. Debora’s husband, Benjamin Moore, is a studio glass pioneer,...


Dan Clayman - Circular Object One
March 9, 2006
Dan Clayman's exquisite cast glass sculptures are subtle echoes of objects we know: a lute, a temple—even purses and household irons. Yet the lute is silent; the temple devoid of its altar. His seemingly functional objects have no function. Clayman...
Oiva Toikka - Bluebird
April 6, 2006
Designer Oiva Toikka is well known for the "Birds" series that he has designed for iittala, the internationally recognized Finnish glass company. First created in 1973, the "Birds" come in hundreds of types, shapes and sizes. One of Toikka's most recent...
Shin-ichi Higuchi - Bees Casket
June 7, 2006
Artists Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi integrate into their work a distinctly Japanese aesthetic and their personal responses to nature. Kimiake's work, which includes vases with finely detailed blooms in relief, is inspired by the flowers and vegetables...


Cappy Thompson - Evergreen
February 9, 2005
Cappy Thompson's narrative paintings on glass panels and blown vessels are appropriately called "picture poems." Using the techniques of medieval stained glass, she incorporates the imagery of folk tales, religious art, primitive painting, and Hindu...
Josh Simpson - Megaplanet
April 20, 2005
Only someone with the imagination and playfulness of Josh Simpson would create wondrously detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass and then give them names like "inhabited" or "uninhabited" (the image on the reverse is an "inhabited "vase) — or...
Hemi Bawa - The Spirit Within
July 6, 2005
Sculptor and painter Hemi Bawa has drawn on the spirituality, sensuality, and reflective nature of her native India, as well as her fascination with the harmony and tension of geometric lines and textures, to become one of the most innovative and well-...