Get to Know a Gaffer: Catherine Ayers

Catherine AyersCatherine Ayers was first drawn to the magic of glass when she enrolled in an introductory glassblowing class at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. She earned a BFA in glass at The Rochester Institute of Technology, working at The Studio during summer breaks.

Catherine furthered her exploration of glass in Murano, Italy, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and at The Sandwich Glass Museum on Cape Cod. Catherine’s whimsical and unique glass creations are inspired by her love of the ocean.

What do you do here at the Museum?
Hot Glass Show

Vessel by Catherine Ayers

Vessel by Catherine Ayers

What is the focus of your personal work?  
Colorful patterns and funky shapes

What are you currently working on in your own projects?  
A production line

What inspires your work?
The Sea

Favorite food?
Thai

Coke or Pepsi?  
Coke

Favorite place you’ve traveled?  
Venice

Bowl by Catherine Ayers

Bowl by Catherine Ayers

Lino or Pino?  
Lino

Bicycle or Motorcycle?  
Motorcycle (passenger)

Batch or cullet?  
Spectrum

Newspaper or steam pad?
Steam pad

Catherine in Egypt

Catherine taking a break from the cruise ship to see the pyramids.

This blog is part of the Get to Know a Gaffer series, highlighting the Museum’s talented team of glassmakers. See them in action at the Hot Glass Show at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises.

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  1. Hi, my name is Christine, I’m 54 And this year for my Birthday my husband gave my best friend and I an afternoon of glass blowing here in Boise Idaho at Zion Warner glass studio! We had such a great time and I’m going to go back to learn more! I’m doing a sculpture using my mom’s ashes, I think I’m addicted! I watch Corning Museum of Glass on YouTube all the time it’s so amazing! I made a plate for the wall, it came out alright, a bit off center but it’s my first! Anyway I just have a question about a design I drew for a jewelry piece, but now I think I want it in glass! Maybe I can show you and see what you think? Thank you for allowing me to write.
    Christine Bonner

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