Medieval glass seminar at Corning Museum in October 2010

October 14-16, 2010, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, will play host to the 49th Annual Seminar on Glass. This year's topic is: Medieval Glass and Its Influence.

From the Corning Museum of Glass website:

49th Annual Seminar on Glass
Medieval Glass and Its Influence

October 14-16, 2010
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Join glass specialists from around the world for a stimulating seminar of lectures, glassmaking demonstrations, tours with curators, and lively networking opportunities.

The 49th Annual Seminar on Glass complements the Museum’s 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, the first exhibition of its kind in the United States. The exhibition curator, Dr. David Whitehouse, and other experts will present the latest research on glass vessels dating from the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the Renaissance. Artist and historian William Gudenrath will discuss and demonstrate period glassworking techniques.

Lecture topics will include:

  •     Medieval glass and Glassmaking, Dr. David Whitehouse, executive director of the Museum and curator of Ancient and Islamic Glass
  •     Medieval glass and how it was made, William Gudenrath, resident adviser of The Studio and president of the Fellows of the Museum
  •     Wine and drinking in the late Middle Ages, Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre, Ph.D. Candidate in History (Yale University)
  •     Heraldry and the continuous application of a medieval art form in glass, Florian Knothe, curator of European glass at the Museum
  •     The history of the legendary Hedwig beakers, Dr. Jens Kröger, retired curator at the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
  •     Revival and reinterpretation in 19th- and 20th-century glass, Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at the Museum
  •     Medieval stained glass and its architectural context, Dr. Timothy Husband, Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
  •     Living standards in the Middle Ages, Dr. Richard Hodges, Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  •     Responses to medieval art and craftmanship in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, Peter Cormack, visiting research fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The seminar experience will also include tours of special exhibitions, a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum's new conservation lab and Registrar offices, rarely seen demonstrations of glassblowing at an outdoor wood-fired furnace, and the presentation of the Rakow Commission.