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Flameworking Demo

Flameworking Demo

Flameworking Demos are live, narrated demonstrations of glassworking at a 4,000°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.

Expert flameworkers demonstrate their intricate art and talk you through the process. During each Demo, you’ll see the flameworker melt rods and tubes in a flame and then shape the softened glass into any variety of objects, from glass animals and beads to ornaments and sculptures.

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

Learn about the Master Flameworkers

Eric Goldschmidt, photo by Julie Delaney
Properties of Glass Programs Supervisor
Since 1996, Eric Goldschmidt has devoted himself to practicing and developing the techniques of hot glass manipulation with a focus on flameworking, while studying and assisting with many of the world’s most talented glass artists. Although he has...
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Caitlin Hyde
Properties of Glass Programs Team Leader
Caitlin Hyde has been working with glass and other materials for more than 20 years, exploring a lifelong curiosity about our relationship with nature, social history, human creativity, and meaningful communication. “The desire to create and tell...
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Stephen Chapman
Demonstrator/Narrator
Stephen Joseph Chapman creates art as a way to explore and interpret the environment around him. He is interested in the environment and what we do to affect it. “Since I was I child, I have been fascinated with the vast depths of the ocean and the...
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Jen Kuhn during a flameworking demonstration
Demonstrator/Narrator
After spending decades working with children and animals, Jen Kuhn became dedicated to glassmaking after taking a beadmaking class at The Studio. Once Kuhn was introduced to borosilicate glass to create figures, her style became simpler and more...
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