2009 Welcome to Corning

Letter from the GAS President

I attended my second GAS conference in Corning in 1991 and it was truly inspiring. Of course, I had spent time in Corning many times since 1972, utilizing the Corning Museum, the Rakow Library, and later teaching at The Studio, and soaking up the local culture. It is a unique place due to where it is situated geographically and because of its long glass history. I returned for the 2001 conference and again I was equally impressed because having a conference there is natural and the Corning community really knock themselves out for us.

For 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient is Marvin Lipofsky, one of the founding members of GAS, an inveterate educator and ambassador of the Studio Glass Movement around the world. John Leighton, former President of GAS, glass artist, and educator who has made great contributions to the growth of the Glass Art Society, is the recipient of the Lifetime Membership Award. I congratulate both of them on their outstanding careers and dedication to GAS.

Laura Donefer will be coordinating a major Glass Fashion Show once again, the first one since the New  Orleans conference, which was a jaw dropper. The last one, at the 2001 conference was also spectacular. It is a tremendous amount of work and we thank her for all of her incredible efforts. The Corning Museum will be mounting a major exhibition of the Heineman Collection, the largest bequeath of Contemporary Studio Glass to the collection.

We are lucky to have many Murano Maestros demonstrating for the conference, as well as a panel discussion about the generational transference of knowledge and skill there for the ”Next Generation” panel. Tina Oldknow will be moderating a museum panel, and of course the ever popular and needed “Green Panel” returns. Nomoda “Cedi” Djaba from Ghana will give us insight into the ancient art of West African Krobo Powder Beadmaking from recycled glass which has been a tradition in his family since the 13th century. Tim Macfarlane, the distinguished partner of architectural design who has headed the innovation of structural glass will give the Keynote Address. There are too many great lectures and demonstrations for me to mention here, but you can read about them in this brochure and we thank them all for their participation.

We hope you will join us!

Shane Fero

From the Co-Chairs: Welcome!

We’re passionate about glass in Corning, NY. We have the world’s most comprehensive glass museum, the library of record on glass and glassmaking, the headquarters and research facilities of the leading glass and ceramics company, the renowned Steuben Glass factory, and a region full of glass artists, collectors, scientists and historians who think glass is the most magical state of matter.

We like to think of the town as a “glass campus.” You’ll find Corning an incredibly walkable, friendly town. The conference here is intimate, with most venues a short walking distance or free shuttle bus ride from each other.

Surrounding Corning is the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine Country: the largest wine-producing region east of the Mississippi, hundreds of gorges and waterfalls, many quaint small towns, and lots of outdoor activities. We are 21/2 hours southeast of Niagara Falls and 4 1/2 hours northwest of New York City.

Corning is full of local inspiration that has launched global innovation: the perfect spot for this year’s theme. Glass for light bulbs, television bulbs, LCDs and optical fiber for telecommunications – just a few glass innovations developed here in Corning.

Explore The Corning Museum of Glass (or its Studio or Rakow Research Library) and see our major exhibition “Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection,” and our special exhibition of “Favorites from the Contemporary Glass Collection.” Watch live glassmaking at studios and sites throughout town, have a drink and a delicious meal at any of a number of fine restaurants in Corning’s downtown Gaffer District, attend a legendary 2300° event, or tour the glass research facilities of Corning Inc.

It’s a small town with big ideas. Let us inspire you. We look forward to seeing you in Corning!

Nancy Earley     Marshall Hyde     Rob Cassetti



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