Friday, February 1, 2019

The Corning Museum of Glass Will Release a Sequel to Poplar Digital Publication on Venetian Glassworking Techniques by William Gudenrath

Corning Museum of Glass

William Gudenrath at work in The Studio. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The Corning Museum of Glass Will Release a Sequel to Poplar Digital Publication on Venetian Glassworking Techniques by William Gudenrath

Join the Live Launch Party At 9 a.m. EST on February 4 at 

CORNING, NY, February 1, 2019 —
The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will host a live launch party to celebrate its new digital publication, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking, by artist and scholar William Gudenrath. The sequel to the popular title The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking(2016), this scholarly electronic resource presents complete video reconstructions of the historical glassworking process.
No matter where you are in the world, join Gudenrath for a live launch party at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, February 4 at The author will release an exclusive introduction video, which will be followed by the airing of all videos created for The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking, and respond live to questions and comments from viewers.

While Gudenrath’s first publication detailed the golden age of Venetian glassworking, the sequel publication follows the Venetian maestros as they fled isolation and restrictive conditions in the lagoon to set up workshops in a variety of locations across Europe—taking their masterful skills and technical prowess with them.
“The story of the spread of Venetian-style glassworking during the Renaissance is a narrative of intellectual-property loss and of bold entrepreneurship,” says Gudenrath in the publication’s introduction. “This electronic resource focuses on the idiosyncratic techniques developed by these Venetian craftsmen, newly untethered from their homeland, and explores their artistic creativity and technical innovation.”

Using detailed 360° photography, high-definition video, text and related images, Gudenrath sheds new light on 20 Venetian-style glass objects, many from The Corning Museum of Glass collection.

Access the full free publication starting February 4 at



William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, and teacher. He is recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on glassmaking techniques of the ancient world through the 18th century. He has spent many decades studying 
specific works in glass in an attempt to determine how they were made. As such, he was monikered the “glass detective” by the Associated Press after the release of his first electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking, in 2016. 

Although much of Gudenrath’s life has been dedicated to the material he fell in love with at the age of 11 upon being introduced to glass through a chemistry set, Gudenrath took a detour in 1974 to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and in 1978 to earn his Master of Music degree from the Julliard School. He, along with his wife Amy Schwartz, moved to Corning in 1995 to design, build, program, and lead The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, where Gudenrath continues to serve as the resident advisor.

In addition to his numerous contributions in print and video on many aspects of glass history, Gudenrath is co-chairman, with Lino Tagliapietra, of the technical committee of Venetian Glass Study Days at the Istituo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arit, in Venice, and serves on the International Advisory Committee UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. His works are sold in the Museum Shops, as well as other exclusive stores and galleries nationwide.


The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and on the water) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.

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