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Biography: William Gudenrath

William Gudenrath
William Gudenrath
Resident Advisor

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 advisor 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 authored the Museum's first-ever scholarly electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking, launched in 2016. A culmination of a lifetime of research, this digital resource details the techniques used to make glass on Murano, Venice’s historic glassmaking island, between about 1500 and 1700, a period known as “the golden age of Venetian glass.”

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 Shops, as well as other exclusive stores and galleries nationwide.



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