Corning Museum of Glass presents free program on history of flameworking on March 24

Corning Museum of Glass presents free program on history of flameworking on March 24

The Corning Museum of Glass will present the fascinating history of flameworking to open the International Flameworking Conference (IFC) on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at Salem Community College.  

Held in the Sol and Jean Davidow Performing Arts Theatre, Davidow Hall, 460 Hollywood Ave., Carneys Point, the opening program is free and open to the public.  Following the presentation, the SCC Foundation will sponsor a reception in honor of the visiting IFC presenters.

Beth Hylen and Eric Goldschmidt of Corning Museum of Glass will present the hour-long, multi-media program.  They will debut a video of Goldschmidt’s attempt at replicating the process of lampworked figurines from Nevers, France from the 16th-18th Centuries.

The process of manipulating glass tubes and rods over a focused heat source has been around for hundreds of years, and is enjoying a major renaissance, according to Goldschmidt, Corning’s properties of glass programs supervisor.

Goldschmidt and Hylen, Corning’s reference librarian, will deliver an overview of the evolution of this exciting process through history, highlighting several of the most important cultures, time periods and glass-makers who have helped to propel this movement.

Now in its 17th year, the International Flameworking Conference (IFC) also includes demonstrations by glass artists Amber Cowan (the featured artist), Jacob Moskowitz, Zach Puchowitz, Ryan Tanner and Kim Thomas, on March 25-26 at the Samuel H. Jones Glass Education Center in Alloway.

The IFC is made possible in part by the SCC Foundation, several generous sponsors and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

For more information and to register for the March 25-26 portion of the conference, visit www.salemcc.edu/ifc.