Glassmaking Designs and Delights

By: Holly Van Eperen, collections and project manager on May 11th, 2022

We’re basking in the afterglow from ten days of glassmaking, April 29 through May 8, during which the Woodson Art Museum hosted the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop team: Michael Beahm, George Kennard, Jeff Mack, and Eric Meek.

During their time in Wausau, the team demonstrated how glass objects are formed and why glass is one of the most-used mediums across the world. Interested and enthusiastic audiences were wowed by the impressive glassblowing techniques, as the artists gathered molten glass from the furnace and transformed the material into vases, bowls, cups, and animal-themed items, too.

On each of the four weekend days, the glassmakers selected a visitor’s design during You Design It; We Make It!, a specialty demonstration that brought a drawing to life in the form of glass.


Drawing of a bunny cup created by child artist. Glassmaker Eric Meek consults on the Corning Hot Shop stage with child artist about the design for You Design It; We Make It! object. Father accompanies child artist as she holds glass bunny cup created in You Design It; We Make It!

On stage, George Kennard shows child artist a glass object during the creation process. A blue glass object created by George Kennard featuring a white cat and purple stripes. Child artist photographed with Jeff Mack and George Kennard on the Mobile Hot Shop stage.


The team also shared scientific knowledge about glassmaking during Don’t Try This at Home demonstrations, which highlighted the dos and don’ts of working with molten glass. Accompanied by lots of broken glass, the demonstrations ended with a snack cooked on stage.



What Mobile Hot Shop experiences shine most memorably for you? Share your stories on the Museum’s Facebook page and visit soon to see glass exhibitions on view in a whole new light.


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