Behind the Glass: Invention in Early Glassblowing – The Road to Ennion with Bill Gudenrath

The technique of glassblowing appeared in Jerusalem in the middle of the first century B.C., and over the course of the next century, this discovery led to additional extraordinary technological developments. Shortly after the discovery of glassblowing, the glassmaker Ennion established the production of mold-blown glass, a technique that revolutionized ancient glass production. This presentation by William Gudenrath includes images of historical objects and video showing the reconstructed ancient processes that paved the way for the amazing accomplishments of Ennion.

William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher as well as the Resident Advisor of The Studio. He is an authority on the study and recreation of historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance, and has presented lectures and demonstrations around the world.

This Behind the Glass lecture is a preview of what’s to come when the major exhibition, Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome, opens on May 16, 2015. The exhibition brings together rare mold-blown masterworks by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. http://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/ennion

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