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Hands-On Glassmaking At the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass

Program Number: 2388RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2013 - 11/15/2013; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Corning, New York
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Crafts
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Immerse yourself in glassworking as you delight in the natural beauty of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Divide 20 studio hours between furnace working, flameworking, and cold working as highly qualified glassmakers instruct and help you create beautiful glass objects. At the furnace, try your hand at glassblowing and work with molten glass to fashion paperweights and vessels. Using the basics of flameworking, make beads and small scale sculptures. In the kiln shop, create fused jewelry pieces, small slumped projects and learn to sandblast glass.




Highlights

• Don't just watch a demonstration — make glass yourself!
• Enjoy a historic walking exploration of the restored Market Street district of downtown Corning.
• Marvel at 3500 years of glassmaking at the finest glass museum in the world.



Activity Particulars

Walking and/or standing for up to one hour at a time. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.




Date Specific Information

11-10-2013

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10-26-2014, 11-9-2014

2014 Special Exhibitions at the Corning Museum of Glass: Rene Lalique: Enchanted by Glass and Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries 2014 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery
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Coordinated by Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center.




Corning

The southern gateway to the Finger Lakes region in western New York, Corning is a charming and historic community best known for the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, as well as nearby glacial lakes and gorgeous panoramas.



Accommodations
Conference center on nearly 400 acres of unspoiled land with heated indoor pool open mid-May through October.
Meals and Lodgings
   Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
  Painted Post, NY 5 nights
 Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of over 500 acres, the site is located 15 minutes (8 miles) west of Corning. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.
  Contact info: 9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.com
  Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs. Since we are a retreat center, individual guest rooms do not have television sets. There are television sets in three lounge areas available for guests.
  Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, free parking and snacks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in lobby, starting at 3 PM. You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:30 am. You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on Watson Homestead property.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Corning, NY
  Nearest highway: Interstate 86 (also known as NYS Route 17)
  Nearest airport:  Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Painted Post, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Corning Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Call ahead with your bus arrival time. A Homestead staff member will meet you and transport you to the Homestead.

 

ELM airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Call ahead with your flight or arrival time. A Homestead staff member will meet you and transport you to the Homestead.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany, Massachusetts & New England: Find your way to Interstate 88 (just north west of Albany, off I 90). Travel west on I 88 to Binghamton. Then go west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Canada and Buffalo: Take Interstate 90 East to Rochester, then 390 South. Route 390 T's into Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17). Take I86 east to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Jamestown and the West Travel east on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Pennsylvania and South: Travel north on State Route 15 N (future interstate 99) from Harrisburg to Interstate 86 West (also NY State Route 17) at Painted Post. Take Interstate 86 West to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From the New York metropolitan area: Travel west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation and afternoon swim.
(Sunday, November 10)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in lobby, followed by refreshments in the dining room, then swimming in the pool from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: At 6 p.m. dinner is served in the Dining Room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a full salad bar.
 Evening: At 7 PM we will introduce the site, staff and program details. Then we meet each other.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: First working day at the Studio. Plus orientation tour to the Corning Museum of Glass.
(Monday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead
 Morning: Orientation tour of the Studio and meet its staff. Then participants begin schedule of small groups working for 90 minutes in each area of glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.
 Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. Introductory walk-through of the galleries at the Corning Museum of Glass.
 Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead
 Evening: Evening free to watch videos of master glassworkers who have taught at the Studio.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Second working day at the Studio. Demonstration by master gaffer at the Studio.
(Tuesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead
 Morning: Participants work at the Studio in two areas: glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.
 Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. Master glassmaker demonstration at the Studio.
 Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead
 Evening: Evening free to watch videos of master glassworkers who have taught at the Studio.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Third working day at the Studio. More time to visit the Museum or Rakow Research Library.
(Wednesday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead
 Morning: Participants work at the Studio in two areas: glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.
 Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the Corning Museum of Glass. For a preview go to www.cmog.org.
 Dinner: Free evening to find dinner on own on Restored Market Street in downtown Corning. A list and map will be provided.
 Evening: Free evening to go into town, work on your final stencilling projects for sand blasting, or view videos by master glassmakers.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Fourth and final working day at the Studio. Historic Market Street walking tour.
(Thursday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead
 Morning: Participants work at the Studio in two areas: glass blowing, bead making, or kiln-working techniques.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.
 Afternoon: Participants work at the Studio in the third area. This afternoon we have a walking tour of the Market Street Restoration District and a culminating wine tasting.
 Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead
 Evening: Our final evening together always includes making hand-cranked ice cream and celebrating our glass creations with a show and tell. At this time we stamp Road Scholar passports and sit by the fire inside or a campfire outside, depending on the season.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final presentation: a session on identifying various glass types. A hands-on exploration of antique cut, pressed, engraved and iridized glass made in Corning.
(Friday, November 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead
 Morning: Our final presentation with Tom Dimitroff will be a pass-around session of various glass types. We will learn to differentiate cut from pressed glass and feel the surface of various styles and decorative effects on antique glass.
 Lunch: Departures at 10:30 AM. Vouchers for admission to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning will be available. Hope we'll meet again at another Road Scholar program!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Painted Post, NY Coring's museums
www.cmog.org www.rockwellmuseum.org www.corningfingerlakes.com
  Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber: 607.962.8997 toll free 1.866.163.6264 Taxis and buses are available in the region for those without cars. For additional information, visit www.CorningNY.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Corning and the Craft of Innovation


Author: Margaret B.W. Graham and Alec T. Shuldiner


Description: For those interested in the history of research and development at Corning Incorporated, this large volume combines both history of the company renamed after moving to its new location in the city of Corning in 1868, through the end of the 20th century. The processes, scientists, engineers, patents, and corporate expansion are covered with some photos, many notes and a detailed index.



Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics


Author: Thomas Dimitroff


Description: This essential reference work provides a detailed study of Frederick Carder, his contributions to the Steuben Glass Works, and the captivating works of art he produced in glass. To dazzle and delight the reader, there are over 760 photographs and 450 line drawings, the vast majority of which provide illustration for 800 pieces of Steuben glass from the famous Rockwell collections. Reference material and photographs never before in print are provided. The text evaluates Carder and the Steuben Glass Works that he co-founded in 1903 in a critical light. It reviews Carder's lengthy and productive career, analyzes his changing role within the company, and places Carder's artistic contributions within the matrix of the international decorative arts industries of his time. A section valuable to all collectors is one in which many aspects of identification and evaluation are covered--signatures, relative rarity, and dating.



The American West: People, Places, and Ideas


Author: Suzan Campbell


Description: Permanent collection catalog for the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY. This collection of American paintings, bronzes, firearms and Native American artifacts was assembled by the late Robert F. Rockwell, local businessman, and established as a museum in 1976. It is an unusually fine collection of mid-to-late 19th and 20th century art works documenting the westward expansion movement, the popular illustrations created about it, and includes contemporary artists, many who are Native American.



The Corning Museum of Glass; A Guide to the Collections


Author: Richard W. Price, editor


Description: Full color guidebook of the 3500-year history of glassmaking using color plates of significant objects with full descriptions, plus chapter overviews of the various technological advancements through the ages. An exceptional pre-visit view of the museum and its collections or souvenir memory collection. Much of the book's information and its images can also be found on the Museum's website at www.cmog.org.



The Finger Lakes Book


Author: Katharine Delavan Dyson


Description: Travel guide to the top sites in the 14-county western New York State region, the Finger Lakes. Good for adding pre- and/or post-program activities. Good photos and maps included.



The Maverick and His Machine


Author: Kevin Maney


Description: The latest biography of Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, and founder of Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, on farm of his birth in 1879. Includes information about Watson and the Making of IBM. Author Kevin Maney of USA Today was the first biographer of Watson given access to the original boxes of personal and corporate ephemera that were sealed at his death in 1956.





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