The Corning Museum of Glass Supports Seven Artists-in-Residence

Seven artists from the glassmaking world and beyond will research and experiment with new techniques and subjects as 2010 artists-in-residence at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. This year’s international roster includes a tattoo artist, a Danish glass designer and a ceramic artist inspired by Islamic textiles.

The resident artists will be supported with technical assistance, housing, a food stipend, and studio space for one month. They also will have full access to The Studio’s state-of-the-art facilities, the Museum’s renowned Rakow Research Library, Museum staff, and the 45,000-object collection, which spans 35 centuries of glassmaking and represents each civilization in which glass has been made.

“The Artist-in-Residence program is an important facet of The Studio’s programming,” says Amy Schwartz, director, development, education programs, and The Studio. “As advocates for artists working in glass, we focus this program on helping emerging artists begin their careers and giving established artists the opportunity to explore new directions. We provide artists with the materials, space and time they need to create so that they can focus solely on their art.”

The artists (except the September residents) will provide public Lunchtime Lectures during their residencies, describing their artistic inspirations and their work at The Studio. Lectures will take place in The Studio Lecture Room at 12:00 p.m. on the specified dates. Registration is not required, and admission is free. Please contact (607) 974-6467 or for more details.

Eliza Au – April 2010
Eliza Au comes to glass from the world of ceramics, translating her specialization in ceramic slip casting into glass casting work. Her attraction to glass is in its transparency and translucency. Much of her work is influenced by Gothic wrought-iron fences or Islamic tile and textile patterns. During her residency, Au will work on a glass carpet entitled Invisible Visions, referring both to the transparency of glass and the religious idea of believing without seeing. Au, who is based in British Columbia, holds an MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been featured in galleries across British Columbia and the northwest, and is also in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon.

Marie Retpen – April 2010
Marie Retpen is a Danish glass designer and maker who focuses on aesthetic and experimentation, turning everyday forms into surreal sculptures which look as though they are partially melted. The works are often displayed on furniture in a theatrical setting, or as part of a narrative installation. During her April residency, Retpen will develop sculptural work in glass inspired by the surrealistic novels, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Retpen holds a diploma in production glassblowing from the Kosta Glass School in Sweden and a MA from the Royal College of Art in London. Her work has been shown at solo and group exhibitions all over the world. Retpen and Au will provide a free, public lecture at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, in The Studio Lecture Room.

Gayla Lee – May 2010
Gayla Lee creates and sells glass jewelry and kiln-formed glassware, incorporating murrine (slices of glass cane) to create complex patterns. Lee loves the ability of glass to be “formed into precise geometric patterns and organic representations of patterns found in nature.” She will use the vast resources of the Museum and The Studio during her May residency to further explore ideas beyond her current lines of production. Lee would like to make large geometric wall coverings that mimic patterns found in woven textiles, as well as those found in natural wood grains. Lee will provide a free, public lecture at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, in The Studio Lecture Room.

Leo Tecosky and Slate Grove – September 2010
Leo Tecosky and Slate Grove will work together in this year’s Instructor Collaborative Residency. They will explore their work from the dichotomy of their own very different life experiences. Tecosky, who has taught at The Studio, is influenced by hip hop and graffiti art culture in Miami, where he grew up. Grove is a rock-and-roll tattoo artist from Iowa. During their September residency, they will create art based around the two-dimensional concepts of their respective taboos, as well as three-dimensional blown-glass sculptures representing their passions, ultimately creating a body of work that blends life differences and represents a commonality of soul. (No lecture)

Erica Rosenfeld – October 2010
Erica Rosenfeld creates glass jewelry, functional glass, and sculpture in glass. She will use her October residency to focus on a labor-intensive body of work involving multiple processes. The resulting installations will include narrative glass tapestries and found objects and “tell stories about people and the rituals they create to uphold traditions and to form community and family.” Rosenfeld’s work has been shown at the Museum of Arts and Design, SOFA New York, and other galleries throughout the United States. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Rosenfeld will provide a free, public lecture at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, in The Studio Lecture Room.

K Hyewook Huh – November 2010
K Hyewook Huh is a glass artist who works and teaches in Seoul, Korea. Her work is an interpretation of her environment, as well as of the “emotional ups and downs that humans feel within their environment.” She uses a variety of glassmaking techniques, from blowing to kiln-casting. In her kiln-cast work, she uses visual effects to explore positives and negatives reflected shapes. During her November residency, Huh will experiment with hot casting, using the resources of the Museum and The Studio as inspiration. Huh holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a BFA from Kookmin University in Seoul, where she now teaches part-time. Her work has been exhibited at SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York, as well as other exhibitions throughout the United States and Asia. Huh will provide a free, public lecture at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, in The Studio Lecture Room.

The Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass ( is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass. Spanning the globe and encompassing more than 3,500 years of human ingenuity, the collection includes masterpieces from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; the great civilizations of Islam, Asia, Europe, and the Americas; and the range of artistic movements beginning in the late 19th century and extending to the present day. Interactive exhibits tell the story of life-changing historic advancements and contemporary innovations in glass technology.

Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road in the U.S. and abroad, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life for audiences of all ages. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create their own work in a state-of-the-art hot glassmaking studio.

The Museum’s campus includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s foremost archive and reference collection on the history of glassmaking. A center for scholarship, the Museum also publishes glass-focused periodicals, books, and exhibition catalogues.

Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens 19 and under receive free admission. The Corning Museum of Glass is conveniently located directly off I-86/Rte. 17, mid-way between Niagara Falls and New York City.