Special Glass Demos

Special Glass Demos

We love to tell the story of glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. And sometimes, the best way to tell a story is to show it. Visitors have their choice of more that 50 glass demonstrations on a variety of topics every day. These live, narrated demos are designed to be interactive and constantly change based on the audience interactions that happen during these special, but informal times. This summer, don't miss a full schedule of demonstrations that cover everything from glassmaking to flameworking to glass cutting. And don't miss the fan-favorite demos including, Don't Try This at Home, Beyond the Bench, and The Late Show.

All demos, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.

Glass Cutting PresentationsGlass Cutting Presentations
West Bridge
Discover the creative and intensely precise art-form of glass cutting. Watch artisans demonstrate how elaborate and ornate designs come to life through a series of intricate cuts into glass. See the machinery that makes this creativity possible and ask questions during this informal demonstration.

Daily at 10, 11 am, 1, 2, 3, 4 pm (presentations last approximately 30 minutes) through September 3.

 

The Curious Glass EyeThe Curious Glass Eye
Innovation Center: Flameworking Demo
Watch with your own eyes as our talented flameworkers show you the process behind creating stunningly realistic looking glass eyes. Then take a walk to the Rakow Research Library to see Curious and Curiouser and discover more curiosities in glass.

Daily at 11:20 am through September 3. See What's Happening and look for the starred (*) The Curious Glass Eye on the Flameworking schedule.

 

Don't Try This at HomeDon't Try This at Home
Courtyard Hot Shop
This demo is a crowd favorite! Have you ever wondered what NOT to do with glass? Our expert gaffers will reveal the versatility of the material through a series of mini-demos sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

Daily at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm through September 3. See What's Happening and look for Don't Try This at Home under Glassblowing Demos.

 

You Design It; We Make It!You Design It; We Make It!
Innovation Center: Flameworking Demo
Amphitheater Hot Shop: Glassblowing Demo

Try your hand at designing your own glass masterpiece. Draw your idea with the paper and markers available at the Museum, and submit your design at the Admissions Desk. Our glassmakers will choose one drawing to recreate in front of a live audience. The designer can watch as their vision becomes a real piece of glass.

Flameworking: Daily at 1:20 pm through September 3. See What's Happening and look for the starred (*) You Design It; We Make It! on the Flameworking schedule.
Glassblowing: Sundays 9:30 to 11:30 am through September 3. See What's Happening and look for the starred (*) You Design It; We Make It! on the Hot Glass Demo schedule.

 

Beyond the BenchBeyond the Bench
Meet in the Admissions Lobby
Tour the Museum with an expert glassmaker to closely examine one of their favorite works in our collection and gain special insight into the history and creation of that piece. Then, watch as members of the Hot Glass team recreates the object in a live demo on the Courtyard Stage.

Daily at 1:30 pm through September 3. See What's Happening and look for Beyond the Bench under Glassblowing Demos.

 

The Artisan's HandThe Artisan’s Hand
Innovation Center: Flameworking Demo
The artists, designers, and architects in Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937 placed strong emphasis on handcrafted objects. Visitors often ask if it is possible for a machine to do what talented glassmakers can create by hand. This demo prepares you to explore exhibits on mechanically-produced glass in the Innovation Center and enriches this year’s Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937 exhibition.

Daily at 2:20 pm through January 7, 2019.

 

The Story of the Crystal CityThe Story of the Crystal City
Innovation Hot Shop
At the turn of the 20th century, Corning was known to the world as the “Crystal City.” Discover how glassmaking, and particularly the art of cut glass, came to be forever tied with a small town in upstate New York. This demo combines history with technique as our glassmakers demonstrate the art form and tell the story of how Corning came to be a world-wide artistic leader.

Daily at 3 pm through September 3. See What's Happening and look for the starred (*) The Story of the Crystal City on the Hot Glass Demo schedule.

 

The Late ShowThe Late Show
Amphitheater Hot Shop
Taking advantage of the Museum’s extended summer hours, the Late Show takes the Hot Glass Demo and heats it up even further! With a full 45 minutes, the Museum's gaffers can really show off their creativity. The Late Show ends with a giveaway, allowing one lucky viewer in the audience to take home a piece of glass made during a previous Hot Glass Demo.

Daily at 6 pm through September 3. See What's Happening and look for the starred (*) The Late Show in the Hot Glass Demo section.