What's Happening

What's Happening

Friday, October 5, 2012
The museum is open today from 9am-5pm
Glassblowing Shows

The Hot Glass Demo is a live, narrated glassblowing demonstration, offered all day, every day. It is included in the cost of admission. Allow 30 minutes per demonstration, the duration of special demos may vary.

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.

Innovation Hot Shop: 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:40am, 12:35pm, 1:05pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:20pm
Courtyard Hot Shop: 1:15pm, 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm
Innovation Center Demos

Flameworking Demos are live, narrated demonstrations of glassworking at a 5000 degree Fahrenheit gas- and oxygen-powered torch. Demos take place 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.

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

Innovation Center: 9:30am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm

Here’s one area of the Museum where we actually encourage visitors to break glass! The Glassbreaking Demo explores how glass breaks and why. The demo is included in the cost of admission. Allow 15 minutes per demonstration.

Ever wonder how the glass in your car window breaks different from the windows in your home? Or how bullet-proof glass is made? Demonstrators show how glass can become stronger or weaker depending on how it is heated or cooled – and how this phenomenon affects the way it breaks.

The Glassbreaking Demo takes place in the Windows Gallery of the Innovation Center.

Innovation Center: 10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm

The Optical Fiber Demo explains how thin threads of glass can carry enormous amounts of digital information and power our high-speed information age. The demo is included in the cost of admission. Allow 15 minutes per demonstration, the duration of special demos may vary.

Demonstrators show how light can be used for communication, how glass can accurately carry light signals, what glass composition will carry light signals most clearly, and how optical fiber provides us with the massive amounts of bandwidth necessary for today’s world.

Innovation Center: 11:15am, 2:15pm, 4:15pm
Guided Tours
Hidden Treasures Tour
Allow 50 minutes for the tour. Meet in Admissions Lobby.

Explore the Museum through one-hour, family-friendly tours.

Admissions Lobby: 11:00am, 1:30pm
Events (1)
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts The Hot Glass Roadshow will provide live public glassblowing demonstrations at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, in Kalamazoo, MI. Tickets are required, se... Kalamazoo, MI
Exhibitions (6)
Cups o' Plenty: Half Full or Half Empty? The Corning Museum of Glass Junior Curators are inquisitive middle school and high school students who meet once a week in the spring to learn about glass and t... The Studio
Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino Founders of American %%Studio Glass%%: Dominick Labino presented documents selected from Labino’s extensive archive, held by the Rakow Research Libr... Rakow Research Library
Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton In celebration of the 50th anniversary, in 2012, of the “birth” of the American %%Studio Glass%% movement, this exhibition featured works by one of the... West Bridge
Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab showcases the Museum’s signature design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with hot gla... Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: Erwin Eisch was a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of %%studio glass%% in Europe, Erwin ... Contemporary Glass Gallery
The Flood of ’72: Community, Collections, and Conservation The Rakow Research Library is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. On June 23, 1972, Corning and the surrounding communities were devastated... Rakow Research Library