Chair: Kristin Deady



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The American Scientific Glassblowers seminars are an educational lecture or training program taught by one or more instructors to symposium participants. They last ½ day to full day.

Seminar 1: “Glass in the Service of Science Throughout the History of the Material”
Presenter: Dr. Marvin Bolt
Monday, June 17th – 8:00am – Noon – We will start at the hotel and then bus over to the Corning Museum of Glass

Marvin Bolt
is the first curator of science and technology at The Corning Museum of Glass, Marvin Bolt is responsible for developing and maintaining collections, exhibits, and programming in the Museum’s Innovation Center.

In this role, Bolt enhances the Museum’s science and technology-based collections and exhibits, and interprets the information for diverse audiences, from schoolchildren to working scientists. He also develops new scientifically focused educational programs and increases accessibility to the Museum’s scientific research and collections through digital channels.

Bolt, a specialist in telescopes, comes to the Museum from the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, IL, where he was curator of the history of astronomy and vice president for collections at the Adler’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy. There, he oversaw a collection of approximately 10,000 scientific objects, artifacts, rare books, and works on paper from the 13th to the 21st centuries and curated numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions, including Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass (2009–present) and Evening Amusements! Popular Astronomy, 1750–1930 (2002–2003).

Bolt co-curated two exhibitions in 2016: Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka and Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope.

Bolt has lectured and published widely. He also has served as a grants referee for NASA and NSF, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science, as well as two Master’s degrees in philosophy and the history and philosophy of science, all from the University of Notre Dame.

Seminar 2: “The History of Flameworking”
Presenters: Beth Hylen & Eric Goldschmidt
Monday, June 17, 1:00pm – 5:00pm – The Corning Museum of Glass

Beth Hylen is reference and education librarian at the Rakow Research Library. She joined the Library in 1978 and has worked in a variety of positions. She holds a BA in English from Centre College of Kentucky, Danville. She earned her MLS at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Hylen serves as liaison to the Education Department and leads development of educational programming. She provides reference and instruction services for both on- and off-site patrons. She has recently completed the New York Foundation for the Arts MARK Program.

Hylen is a member of the Glass Art Society, the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS/NA), Art Libraries Society of Western New York (ARLIS/WNY), New York Library Association, and The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes. In 2010, she served as President of the Art Libraries Society of Western New York. Hylen received the Art Libraries Society of Western New York Professional Development Award in 2004 and serves on the Glass Art Society History Advisory Committee and the ISGB Studio Safety Project. She has recently been a featured speaker for the Glass Art Society Conference, the International Flameworking Conference, the Art Libraries Association (ARLIS/NA), the American Cut Glass Association, the Carder Steuben Club, International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB), and The Corning Museum of Glass. In addition, Hylen is co-author of “Children in a Research Library? Creative Projects for K-12 Students at the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass,” in the book Bringing Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts into the Library, published by the American Library Association in 2012. She also has published a number of articles in glass-related publications.

An accomplished glass and mixed media artist, Hylen teaches workshops and classes in metal clay and glass at The Studio, and has assisted at Penland School of Crafts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, and UrbanGlass. Her work has been featured in Women Working in Glass (Lucartha Kohler), New Glass Review, and Showcase 500 Rings, among others

Eric Goldschmidt is the Properties of Glass Programs Supervisor at The Corning Museum of Glass. He has been working with flameworked glass since 1996, when his roommate introduced him to the torch. Since then, he has studied with and assisted many of the world’s most talented glass artists. These experiences have given him a vast array of techniques from which to draw. He combines this wealth of knowledge with his own interests in the subtle energies of the natural world, delicate forms, and intricate color application to create original new works. Previous to his current position, Goldschmidt was the resident flameworker at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and a flameworker for Arribas Brothers Company at Disney World.

Seminar 3: Corning Museum of Glass Tour
Monday June 17th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Hotel – Lobby

We will have a guided tour of the Corning Museum of Glass.Established in 1951 by Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) as a gift to the nation for the company’s 100th anniversary, The Corning Museum of Glass is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. Annually welcoming just under half a million visitors from around the world, the Museum’s campus is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the world’s foremost library on glass, and one of the top glassworking schools in the world. This museum tour is specifically designed for the scientific glassblower and will focus on science but will also include the wonders of the museum.
Nearly 50,000 objects representing more than 3,500 years of history are displayed in the galleries; items range from the portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary sculpture. The Museum’s highly regarded curators and librarians actively acquire materials; and curators, librarians, educators and artists organize special on-campus and traveling exhibitions; teach; conduct and publish extensive research; host numerous artist residencies and public presentations; and showcase daily demonstrations of contemporary glassworking. The Corning Museum of Glass’ authority on glass art is felt around the world.

Seminar 4: “Understanding Technical Glass from the Atoms Up”
Presenter: Dr.Jane Cook
Tuesday June 18th – 8:00am – Noon – Hotel, Tioga

Whether you think in terms of materials engineering’s “structure-property relationships” or the alchemical dictum of “As above, so below,” the behaviors of glass that make it both supremely useful and maddeningly challenging have their roots in glass’ atomic structure.  Although usually seen as an arcane, complex branch of inorganic chemistry, the principles that provide for a useful, practical understanding of glass – without extraneous precision – are readily appreciated from generally understood phenomena.  With the assistance of a brave group of volunteer “atoms,” and an early ‘80s soundtrack, we’ll push back the veil on the mysteries of boros, aluminos, and other sillies.

Jane Cook is the Chief Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass where she is the Museum’s principle resource on the science and technology of glass to the public and the glass art community. Dr. Cook is the technical advisor to the new Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence program, and works with the Museum’s staff on incorporating scientific content in exhibitions and educational programs. She lectures widely at universities, colleges, and art schools, and works closely with artists to teach them how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform their work.

A materials scientist and engineer with more than 20 years of expertise in glass, ceramics, and metallurgy, Dr. Cook holds a BS in Materials Engineering from New Mexico Tech, and an MS and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked in research and development for Corning Incorporated for 16 years, is an inventor on over two dozen patent applications, and in 2013, received Corning’s prestigious Stookey Award for outstanding exploratory research.

Seminar 5: “ASGS Oral Histories” & “Looking Back and Moving Forward Panel” (2-part seminar)
Presenter: Mikki Smith
Moderator: Sally Prasch
Panelists: Ted Bolan, Adolph Gunther, Doni Hatz, Kaite Jones and Ian Pearson
Tuesday June 18th 8:00am – Noon – Hotel
Moderated by Sally Prasch

this seminar will address the history of the ASGS organization through the eyes of several individuals who have been a part of it in a variety of capacities. Through dialog with the panelists the conversation will delve into the inception of the organization, how the organization helps its members in their educational and career pursuits, how collaboration within the organization helps support scientific research, the importance of understanding history when looking to the future.

Mikki will speak about capturing oral histories and will let ASGS members know how they can get involved in preserving the history of the ASGS for future generations while in Corning, NY for this year’s symposium!

Adolph Gunther was born in Berlin Germany. At age fifteen, he started his apprenticeship (known as Lehrling in Germany) as a scientific glassblower at Osram Industries. His workshop had a total of twenty four students to be invited to join Osram as a research glassblower. At age twenty, he immigrated to Canada and worked as a neon tube bender. Five and a half years later he immigrated to America and worked for Sargent Welsh in Chicago. Six months later he visited Germany and met his future wife Inge. Upon his return to the US he took a job with Fisher Scientific and in 1966 started a glass shop at Stauffer Chemical. Twenty years later, Ted Bolan and Adolf started Advanced Glass Technology that is still in operation today.

Doni Hatz is a scientific and artistic glassblower from Portland, Oregon. She started her glass study in furnace glassblowing at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington in 1982. Within a year she changed focus and moved to New Jersey to study scientific glassblowing at Salem Community College in Carney’s Point 1983-1985. From there she began working in upstream research and development for Union Carbide Corporation 1985-1988 in Tarrytown, New York. It was there she became a member of the ASGS and the New York Metropolitan section (that is now the Northeast Section.) She moved to Long Island to work in the chemistry department at State University of New York at Stony Brook under Rudy Schlott 1988- 1992. Currently she works in research & development for the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio for the last 26 years. She has been active in the ASGS holding many positions most notably as President 2000-2001. She is a strong advocate for educational development and dissemination of information with the ASGS, the Glass Art Society and International Society of Glass Bead Makers throughout her career.

Ian Pearson has been practicing lampworking since 1961, and is an acknowledged master of the craft. For many years he was a scientific glass blower creating highly complex laboratory equipment; Ian now uses his blend of ancient craft and modern technology to make art objects and gifts at his studio Glass Creations in Scotland.


Seminar 6: “Bringing Conservation out of the Lab; Conserving and Interpreting Blaschka Models”
Tuesday June 18th 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Hotel
Presenters: Stephen Koob, Alexandra M. Ruggiero & Astrid van Giffen

In 2016, The Corning Museum of Glass presented Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. This exhibition presented the story of the Blaschka family, the interest in marine life in 19th-century Europe, and the techniques and methods for creating these beautiful glass models.The conservation team’s expertise on the Blaschkas was integral in the research, planning, and execution of this exhibition and their work led to exciting new discoveries.The Museum’s conservation and curatorial teams worked together to explore new areas of research and translate this information to our audiences. Join us for a behind the scenes look at this process, and how research and treatment of Blaschka models has continued since then.

Astrid van Giffen became the Assistant Conservator in 2009. In 2007, she completed the conservation training program of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with a specialization in glass and ceramics. Her training included internships at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Since completing the ICN program, she’s worked as a private conservator in Oregon and was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies of the Harvard Art Museum (2008-2009). She also holds a BA (2001) in Classical Studies from Willamette University.

Stephen Koob is responsible for the care and preservation of all of the Museum’s collections. This includes cleaning the glass and making recommendations for its handling, storage, display, and movement. He also oversees the maintenance and repair of objects in the Museum’s conservation lab, and provides documentation of such objects throughout their repair. Koob collaborates closely with the curators and research scientist to evaluate new acquisitions for condition and quality. He is an expert in dealing with “crizzling,” a condition that affects unstable glass.

A member of numerous professional organizations, including the Archaeological Institute of America, Koob is also a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation. He recently replaced Dr. Robert Brill as Chairman of Technical Committee 17, which studies the Archaeometry and Conservation of Glass, as part of the International Congress on Glass. He is the author of the book, Conservation and Care of Glass Objects (2006).
Koob holds an MA in Classical Archaeology from Indiana University, and  a B.Sc. in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Before joining the Museum staff in 1998, Koob worked for 11 years as conservator, specializing in ceramics and glass, at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Alexandra Ruggiero joined the Museum in 2012. She assists with acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloging and research of the Museum’s glass collections, with a focus on glass from 1850–1945. Ruggiero curated the 2018 special exhibition, Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937, a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, and co-curated the 2016 special exhibition, Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, with Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology.

Ruggiero earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s in the History of Decorative Arts through the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C. Her graduate research focused on 20th-century German glass and furniture.

Before arriving at The Corning Museum of Glass, Ruggiero served as a curatorial research assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and as a decorative arts research specialist intern at the Library of Congress. Ruggiero is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and serves on the Steering Committee for the Rockwell Museum Ambassadors in Corning, N.Y.