CMoG Reveals "GlassBarge" Tour Plans

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - If you've been to the Corning Museum of Glass, chances are you've caught one of their live glass blowing demonstrations which happen just about every hour.

But, soon those who live outside the Southern Tier will be getting a chance to watch the magic happen right in their own backyards.

"The idea was, what if we put one of our mobile glassblowing units on the water and blew glass all the way from Brooklyn over that year, 2018, right here to Corning," Senior Director of Creative Strategy & Audience Engagement at CMoG Rob Cassetti said.

On Monday the museum announced plans to launch their "Glassbarge" Tour, which features a mobile glass blowing studio that will be touring New York via the state's waterways.

The tour celebrates both the 150th anniversary of Glassmaking in Corning and the 200th anniversary of construction of the Erie Canal.

Cassetti said it took a fair amount of work to get this project going.
"Well, like every novel idea, it took a little time to get some traction, but we found great support with the New York State Canal Corporation," he said.

This isn't the first time CMOG has put a glassblowing studio on water. Corning Inc. developed the technology for Celebrity Cruise Ships years ago.
"We've been blowing glass at sea for 10 years and that technology of blowing glass – maritime glassblowing technology that we invented for the cruise ship is exactly the same technology we're going to put on the canal barge," Cassetti said.

The tour begins in Brooklyn, where Brooklyn Flint Glass, now known as Corning Incorporated, first began.
"We'll have a launch event taking place at Brooklyn Bridge Park in May," Cassetti said. "We'll spend some time in New York Harbor in May, head up the Hudson in June all away across the Erie Canal all the way to Buffalo in July and August and then we'll double back here into the Finger Lakes in September."

A celebration of the past as well as what's to come.
"So it's a look back but it's also I'll look forward because there's so much innovation taking place on the New York waterways today and of course when you say Corning you can only think about innovation," Cassetti said.

The "GlassBarge" Tour will make stops in Yonkers, Kingston, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. You can find more information on

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