Hot Glass Demos at the Museum

At the Museum

Hot Glass Demos are live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations, offered all day, every day. All demos are included in the cost of admission. Allow 30 minutes per demonstration; the duration of special demos may vary. See What's Happening.

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. 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
Sr. Manager Hot Glass Business / Technology Development
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...
Lewis Olson
Hot Glass Show Technical Team Leader
Lewis Olson began working with glass in his native New Zealand in the 1970s. In the 1980s his passion for glass took him to Australia, Africa, Canada, England, Scandinavia and Italy, where he worked in glass studios and factories. A storyteller by...
Chris Rochelle
Hot Glass Projects 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...
Carl Siglin
Hot Glass Maintenance 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, Siglin, who attended Syracuse University's School of Architecture, ran his own independent contracting company for 15 years. In 2008...