Bring the Heat | Eric Hilton and George Kennard Live Streamed Demonstration

A gaffer uses a torch to heat a clear 'c' shape of molten glass
April 21, 2021 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Two artists join artistic forces in this Bring the Heat demo! During this livestream, watch as artist and designer Eric Hilton and master glassmaker George Kennard combine their skills to share a story of artistic collaboration. Hilton will narrate while Kennard forms a multi-colored vessel in hot glass incorporating sandblasted elements created by Hilton. 

Both longtime artists working in the Corning area, Hilton and Kennard wish to demonstrate the teamwork element that is so often critical to success. Artists do not stand alone, but are, instead, part of a group of like-minded people who collaborate, inspire, and share in this “big adventure.” 

Hilton will share visuals of collaborative projects that influenced both his and Kennard’s careers, including work with software artist James Allen that explores how glass and digital imagery are combined in novel ways.

In our new live demo series, Bring the Heat, join us for a live steam of glass artists demonstrating their expertise and skillful execution while “in the zone.”

During each demo, an artist will present a personal design they’ve worked to perfect, and they will be live on the mic to narrate as they work—a rarity for live artist demonstrations and a first at the Museum.

How to Join and Connect Live

Watch master glassmakers George Kennard and Eric Hilton on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 am EDT, livestreamed on The Corning Museum of Glass YouTube channel.

Unable to watch the live event? The Live Stream will be uploaded to YouTube. Plus, find hundreds of hours of live streamed demonstrations on the Corning Museum of Glass YouTube channel.

Glassblower George Kennard smiles as he works with molten glass

George Kennard

Well-known for his fantastically large sculptures, George Kennard appreciates the limitless opportunities of manipulating molten glass. He prefers to create massive incalmo works by joining two blown glass bubbles to make different bands of color, and has worked with teams of up to 10 glassblowers to create some of his most notable large-scale works.

Eric Hilton smiles in front of a blue and white swirled piece of glass

Eric Hilton

Hilton was a designer at Steuben Glass for over 20 years and has exhibited his sculpture in museums around the world. His awards include both an NEA fellowship and grant for architectural research.