From May 23-26th in Corning, New York there was a four day celebration of GLASS! This was the fourth year of Glassfest and I had high hopes that it would be the best one yet. I can not lie: I was a bit disappointed because almost everything was identical to last year. As I walked up and down Market Street, I was left wondering, “Where is all the glass?” There seemed to be only a few true glass booths and the majority of the art vendors have been there year in and year out. However, rest assured my friends I did stumble upon some pretty cool stuff. Check out the gallery below to see!
Fishtank Ensemble throw down an amazing set at 2300 Degrees, the event that kicks off Glassfest and is held at The Corning Museum of Glass. This was the first time I had been exposed to true gypsy/Turkish/Romanian-style music! It was refreshing to hear something new and very enlightening! Gold Dust Lounge sounded spectacular as well and their new drummer was fantastic!
The highlight of the festival was hands down the Flameoff. The Flameoff is a contest between four glassblowers who sculpt a piece over the course of the day. Had the weather not been so windy and cold I would have sat there for the entire 7 hours watching these guys! It was mind blowing watching them work the glass– blowing, stretching, and forming it into a beautiful piece of art. I left feeling inspired and wanting more! A huge congratulations to Peter Hess who placed first, Jeremy Grant-Levine for second and Chandler Ellis took third place!
I would love to see more art and less food vendors next year and maybe the festival could be opened up to all artist and make it a “glass and fine arts” festival. A different round of bands would be key to keep to the event fresh! Also, more Flameoffs! Pack that parking garage full, let as many glassblowers show off their chops!