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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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Program No. 22772RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 2 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Painted Post, NY
D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Welcome and get unpacked and at home at Watson Homestead. Stretch your legs on our property, swim in the heated pool or just sit by the fireplace and relax. After dinner we'll meet each other and talk about our intensive art program and learn about the small art city of Corning!

Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in lobby, followed by refreshments in the dining room, then swimming in the pool from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Stretch your legs - take a walk on our lovely country property.

Dinner: Meals are served buffet style at Watson Homestead. Dinners at 6 p.m include meat entrée, rice, potato or stuffing; vegetable and desert, salad bar, coffee, tea, milk, iced tea and/or lemonade. Vegetarian option is available by request.

Evening: At 7 PM meet your study leader, Jenny Monroe, at orientation. She’ll be with you many times throughout the week. She’s been a cultural ambassador for the Corning, Elmira and Southern Finger Lakes region for over forty years. Her goal is to connect you immediately with the history, natural and cultural resources of the region this week. Take advantage of the depth of her knowledge and experience as a museum educator and storyteller!

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

Activity note: Welcome to 171, our community arts school. After meeting our instructors, we'll split into two groups of nine. One group works at the wheel while the other prepares their slab work. Then we'll switch. Picnic lunch prepared by the Watson kitchen. Then we'll walk two blocks to the Rockwell Museum of American Art to have a special program on their Pueblo pottery collections. After dinner speaker will present The Rise of Women Glass Artists, she's one herself!

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: Early morning stretch, gentle walk on the property or visit to the seven circuit labyrinth will be offered at 7:15 am. Monday through Thursday this week. Weather will determine our activity for the morning exercise, inside or outside.

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

Afternoon: We will walk two blocks to The Rockwell Museum of American Art for a special focus segment on their Pueblo pottery collection. Then we'll have some free time to enjoy shops and galleries on historic Market Street. Afternoon swim available at Watson.

Dinner: Meals are served buffet style at Watson Homestead. Dinners at 6 p.m include meat entrée, rice, potato or stuffing; vegetable and desert, salad bar, coffee, tea, milk, iced tea and/or lemonade. Vegetarian option is available by request.

Evening: After dinner our evening entertainment will be presented by Beth Hylen, librarian at the Rakow Research Library and herself a glass artist. Her presentation is about the History of Women Glass Artists. Beth has been at the museum for forty years and has watched its educational mission expand as the studio glass movement has also stretched to include glass as a sculptural medium -- non-representational and non-functional modern art.

DAY
3
Clay Day 2, Rockwell Museum and Market Street
Painted Post, NY
B,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: Our second day at 171 to complete our our clay projects. They will be fired by the instructors and shipped to our homes. Gallery exploration at the Rockwell Museum with Jenny and architectural walk of restored Market Street, time to visit art galleries and glass studios in the Gaffer District. Wine tasting at Bottles & Corks. Pick up will be there for return to Watson. Afternoon swim. After dinner we will work with greenware.

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: We will continue working at the wheel and introduce sgraffito technique at the clay studio. After today's class our projects will be dried and fired. They will be shipped to our homes by the instructors.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on Market Street. A map and list of suggestions will be provided.

Afternoon: After lunch we return to the Rockwell Museum. There Jenny will give an-depth gallery exploration of the paintings and tell stories about the museum’s development from a private collection of Robert F. Rockwell to a public museum, now a Smithsonian Affiliate. Jenny was supervisor of education and public programs there for 23 years. Finishing up our afternoon adventure with Jenny will be a four-block walking tour of Restored Market Street. We’ll learn why this project is the national model for the “Main Street” program administered by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. Jenny will tell us stories about Corning’s history of railroading and glass manufacture and how after the Agnes flood of 1972 the citizens and the corporation rallied to create a real downtown shopping destination anchored by its gorgeous building stock of Victorian brick and terra cotta-ornamented commercial buildings. She will relay the district’s history, its triumphs and misses as it continues to blend tourism with home town needs. And we’ll end up at a wine store and be treated to a taste of three out of the 100 local Finger Lakes wines. Swim time when we return to Watson.

Dinner: Meals are served buffet style at Watson Homestead. Dinners at 6 p.m include meat entrée, rice, potato or stuffing; vegetable and desert, salad bar, coffee, tea, milk, iced tea and/or lemonade. Vegetarian option is available by request.

Evening: After dinner we will pour liquid clay slip into plaster molds at the Homestead, the first step in understanding the production of greenware. Then we'll each have a chance to clean some dried greenware and paint some fired bisque. Just a little more experience with the vast field of ceramic arts.

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

Activity note: Welcome to the world-class hot glass teaching Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. We'll get situated with our two artist/instructors and learn to gather glass from the furnace and make beads at the torch today. Each session is 90 minutes. Then we'll head over to the Museum for lunch in the Café. After lunch we'll have an overview of the galleries - 3500 years of glass history, science and continuous demonstrations. Dinner is our special farm to table meal in Market Street at The Source.

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: Now we get to try our hands at blowing glass at the furnace and making beads at the torch. We’ll tour the Studio before settling down with four glass artists/instructors for an intensive morning of learning the basics of gathering and working with the flame and mandrel. You will enjoy the female artists who help us make beautiful objects – safely!

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

Afternoon: After lunch at the Museum Café, we’ll work our way through the galleries with Jenny as she spins stories about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and impact in the region. We’ll recognize some of the pieces we saw in Beth’s presentation! The company town, Corning Incorporated, is featured as well, an important component to this small city since 1868. Jenny’s been guiding tours here since 1980, when after the flood of 1972, the museum added a huge historic glass wing with room for a chronological layout of the 35-century history of glassmaking. We’ll begin in Mesopotamia and advance in time and technological achievement to the contemporary art scene in the latest gallery added in 2015. This complex is an art, history and science museum all rolled into one. Continuous demonstrations abound showing art glassmaking techniques and information about glass manufacture for today’s tech devices. Their motto is “We teach the world about glass,” and they’re not kidding – the perfect laboratory for a Road Scholar adventure. Afternoon swim available at Watson.

Dinner: Wednesday Farm to Table dinner: For over 40 years Cynthia and Gary Dickerman have been working with local farmers and producers of regional condiments and farm products at three stores in Corning’s Historic Market Street. In the 1970s Gary had the first organic vegetable and produce store, then went on to deliver these home grown items to regional restaurants within a 100 mile radius. Next, Cynthia began a business of creating gift baskets made up of locally-sourced condiments and crafts. One of those lines was creations by their teenage daughter, Laura, with “Laura’s Luxuries” a soap and candle line. After college, Laura returned to Market Street and opened a café and juice bar. Now their passions are all combined at “The Source at Factory#2” a restaurant and emporium for everything fresh and locally grown. The Dickermans have created a special Road Scholar Retreat dinner menu and will open exclusively for our programs on Wednesday evenings. Each week will be a little different as we move from spring through harvest, but we’ll start with appetizers of veggies and hummus and seasonal fruit on skewers. Our seasonal salad will feature dressings made at local wineries. Soup du jour will feature Finger Lakes ingredients. Main course will be roast turkey topped with homemade chutney, potatoes of the season and two fresh vegetables. Dessert will feature Empire apples dipped in homemade chocolate, drizzled with another chocolate, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate covered grapes – all created by chocolatier, Gary. You’ll enjoy meeting these local entrepreneurs and finding local Finger Lakes products in all the nooks and crannies of Factory #2! See pictures at www.visitthesource.com

Evening: Upon return to the Homestead, enjoy board games, cards, puzzles, ping pong or shuffleboard - always available at the Homestead.

DAY
5
Day 2 at Studio of Corning Museum of Glass, Tiffany lecture
Painted Post, NY
B,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Activity note: See what you made yesterday, warm out of the annealler. Make some more glass - it's a little easier the second day! After class we'll have time for lunch on your own at the Café or back on Market Street. Regroup for two special lectures: one on the Tiffany collections and one on the Carder Steuben collections - two of the most famous names in American glass of a century ago. Compare their work to that in the new wing - Contemporary Art & Design. After dinner let's make ice cream and relax!

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: 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: After lunch, Jenny will give two special tours: the Tiffany collection at the Museum and the Fredrick Carder Steuben Glass collection at the Studio plus we’ll visit the Rakow Research Library on campus. Once back at the Homestead, afternoon swim available.

Dinner: Meals are served buffet style at Watson Homestead. Dinners at 6 p.m include meat entrée, rice, potato or stuffing; vegetable and desert, salad bar, coffee, tea, milk, iced tea and/or lemonade. Vegetarian option is available by request.

Evening: On this our last night together all our instructors are invited to Watson to join us for dinner and to share their creations in case we want purchase any. We continue a long-standing Watson tradition of making hand-crank ice cream on the patio. Our program staff assists Road Scholars learn to crank the churn. When it’s done we’ll choose the toppings of our choice and go outside for a campfire. If we’re lucky – the skies will be clear of clouds so we can enjoy the stars or the moonrise. Watson’s remote location affords great dark sky viewing! We’ll also stamp Road Scholar passports and exchange email addresses after dinner.

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

Activity note: Today we tackle working with iron at the forge at the Cooley Blacksmith Shop, part of the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. We'll each make two projects that we can cool and put in our pockets. Enjoy meeting the dynamic volunteers who bring early 19th century crafts and history alive at this wonderful site. Your glass creations from yesterday will be brought to you this morning. We're all done before lunch. Farewells and hugs.

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: Checkout from Watson Homestead and take the bus provided or drive to Corning to the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. We will have a three hour visit combining blacksmith class and touring. You'll 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 for those who chose to drive or from Watson Homestead for those who took the bus.






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