The Expanding Horizons programs is a week-long program at The Corning Museum of Glass for the top students in at-risk glass art programs around the United States. In partnership with the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, the outreach program includes airfare, lodging, and meals for the duration. The itinerary blends hands-on glassblowing instruction, touring the collections with curators, a visit to the Rakow Research Library, a meeting with a prominent collector, a discussion about preparing an artist’s portfolio, and a presentation on applying to college with a focus on glassblowing.
What happens when you put a bunch of teens together in a hot shop? Well, glass. And a lot of fun and camaraderie! The Studio recently hosted six young glass artists and their mentors for a week of glassmaking and learning. The students, five from Chicago and one from Tacoma, Wash., have all been studying glassmaking at programs in their hometowns and jumped at the chance to visit Corning to learn from the best. Here are some snapshots of their experience.
(L-R) Trevelli Jones, Risa Recio (mentor), Ja Mia Johnson, Kat Skinner (mentor), Ross Delano (instructor), Josh Laabs (mentor), Jessi Moore (instructor), Nikki Baldwin, Julian Brundidge, Ivy Velez, Jalen Pittman, Alex Krueger (mentor), Jessica Hogan (mentor)
Instructor Ross Delano helps student Ivy Velez with her marvering technique.
Student Nikki Baldwin works on her pumpkin project.
Teamwork is key when it comes to glassmaking. Nikki assists student Ja Mia Johnson as Trevelli Jones looks on.
“I just fell in love with it [glassmaking] and want to do it all the time,” Trevelli said.
Julian Brundidge is working on a series of glass hearts.
Jalen Pittman assists N’Kosi Barber (mentor) with a glass heart as Julian watches.
Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology, gives students a tour of the Innovation Center.
Mentor Kat Skinner and Julian attend a presentation from Andrew Page, editor of Glass Quarterly.
Librarian Beth Hylen gives students a tour of the special collections at the Rakow Research Library.
Collections manager Warren Bunn leads students on a tour of collections storage.
Trevelli likes to make cartoon characters out of glass.
Julian shows off one of the preliminary hearts he made — this one with a lock on it.