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New York
Women at the Fire: An Art Intensive With Glass, Clay and Iron
Blow, twist, hammer and mold during an art-intensive week with other creative women. Learn ceramics, glassblowing and blacksmithing from instructors, and create your own keepsakes.
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Painted Post, NY
D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Welcome Home! Upon arrival plan to relax at our country retreat center location. The swimming pool is open May 1 to November 1 and there are hiking trails on the property.

Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in lobby, followed by refreshments in the dining room, then swimming in the pool from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. (Pool is open mid-May through October).

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.

DAY
2
First day working with clay at 171 plus Rockwell Museum
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: This morning we'll get to know our two instructors at the Woodcock Studio of 171 Cedar Arts Center. We will learn wheel thrown techniques and the sgraffito method of carving a pressed plate. Then we'll visit the Rockwell Museum and have a special focus tour about Pueblo pottery. Architectural walking tour of the historic district and a wine tasting!

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead. A full hot breakfast is served daily with eggs, meat, oatmeal and various breakfast entries. Fresh fruit, juices, yogurt and granola included. Coffee, decaf and tea are available at Watson Homestead 24/7.

Morning: Orientation tour of 171 Cedar Arts Center. We will introduce wheel thrown, and sgraffito carving techniques today.

Lunch: Lunch will be catered in to 171 today. It will feature sandwich buffet, salads, desserts, iced tea and lemonade.

Afternoon: We will walk two blocks to The Rockwell Museum of American Art for an overview tour of their collections, plus a special focus segment on their Pueblo pottery collection. Then we'll take a stroll down historic Market Street to find many examples of terracotta ornamentation on the brick buildings from the Corning Brick and Terracotta Works, ca. 1900. Last stop will be a Finger Lakes wine tasting at Bottles and Corks Wine Shop. Our bus will pick us up and return to Watson Homestead in time for an afternoon swim.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead, see description day one.

Evening: After dinner we will discuss how liquid clay slip into plaster molds at the Homestead, the first step in understanding the production of greenware. We'll have a chance to clean some greenware and paint a piece of fired bisque.

DAY
3
Clay Day 2, 171 Arts Center and Corning's Market Street
Painted Post, NY
B,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Second clay day, we'll finish up our ceramics projects at 171 and then enjoy some free time finding all the artistic resources of the Gaffer District - Corning's Historic Market Street.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead. See description, day two.

Morning: We will continue working at the wheel and trace and carve our decorations at the clay studio.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on Market Street.

Afternoon: Explore the art galleries and glass studios on Market Street, pus the antique shops to find all the artistic resources of our small art city! Our bus will pick us up and return to Watson Homestead in time for an afternoon swim.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead, see description day one.

Evening: We'll de-mold our greenware pieces and then have a presentation from one of our ceramics instructors.

DAY
4
First day working with glass at the furnace and the torch
Painted Post, NY
B,L
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: We'll have two classes of 90 minutes each, working at the furnace and the torch to create glass projects. Two groups of nine students, each having two instructors to help you gather, and work at the bench or form beads at the torch. We'll tour the enormous Museum of Glass and have time for some demonstrations.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead. See description, day two.

Morning: Introduction to the Studio. Participant will work at the Studio in two areas: 90 minutes each in glass blowing at the furnace or bead making at the torch.

Lunch: Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will have an overview tour through the Corning Museum of Glass, including 3500 years of glassmaking history and techniques plus demonstrations to watch. For a preview go to www.cmog.org. At 4 p.m. we'll return to Watson in time for an afternoon swim.

Dinner: Free evening to find dinner on own on Restored Market Street (nicknamed the Gaffer District) in downtown Corning. A list and map will be provided. We also provide a dinner bus, if you do not wish to drive.

Evening: Free evening to go into town or view videos by master glassmakers after your dinner.

DAY
5
Day 2 at Studio of Corning Museum plus American glass tour.
Painted Post, NY
B,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: One more glassmaking day, a little more confident today! See the Carder Steuben Collection and have a special focus tour on American glassmakers, including Tiffany and Chihuly.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead. See description, day two.

Morning: Day two for two more 90 minute studio sections on furnace glassmaking or working at the torch. Collect the pieces you made yesterday!

Lunch: Lunch at leisure at the Museum or take the free shuttle bus to Market Street.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have a curatorial lecture about the work of LC Tiffany and especially the women who worked for him on the design and glass selection for lampshades and stained glass windows, as has been described in the historical novel, Clara and Mr. Tiffany. A little free time to explore the newest gallery, Contemporary Art & Design, which opened in 2015 and shows dozens of pieces by contemporary female glass artists working around the world.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead, see description day one.

Evening: Our final evening together will include making hand-cranked ice cream and celebrating our creations. At this time we stamp Road Scholar passports and sit by the fire inside or a campfire outside, depending on the season. Sometimes, our Studio instructors come out to the Homestead to join us for dinner!

DAY
6
Blacksmithing! Working at the forge at the Heritage Village
Painted Post, NY
B

Activity note: Blacksmithing today! Enjoy the experience at the forge making a salt spoon and an S-hook in the blacksmith shop of the Heritage Village. Pick up your glass pieces made yesterday and finish your on-own exploration of the Corning Museum of Glass. Fond farewells!

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead. See description, day two.

Morning: Checkout from Watson Homestead and drive to Corning to the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. We will have a three hour blacksmithing class and each create two projects: an S-hook and a salt spoon. Your projects will be ready to take home directly. The glass creations from yesterday will be picked up and brought to you.

Lunch: Our program will be completed at noon, departures will be from the Heritage Village.






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