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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
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Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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 Cedar Arts Center
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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, coil and slab construction 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.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

Evening: After dinner we will pour liquid clay slip into plaster molds at the Homestead, the first step in understanding the production of greenware.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

Morning: We will continue working at the wheel and introduce sgraffito technique at the clay studio.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on Market Street.

Afternoon: Return to 171 to finish up clay projects and apply under-glazes.

Dinner: Dinner at Watson Homestead

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

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

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 regroup at the Studio's Carder Gallery for a tour of the early Steuben Glass made in Corning 1903-33.

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.

Evening: Free evening to go into town, work on cleaning your greenware or view videos by master glassmakers.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

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

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
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Breakfast: Breakfast at Watson Homestead

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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