Corning’s Original Hands-On Glassmaking Experience

While visiting her brother at college in Vermont back in the 1970’s, Rodi Rovner ducked into the school’s glass studio to warm up. Hot glass has been part of her life ever since. Despite an artist’s individual talents and artistic vision, despite years spent developing skills and mastering techniques, “working with a material that is constantly changing can be quite humbling,” says Rodi. “You bring to it your own skills, but most of working with glass is dealing with an element of surprise.” Rodi, who developed the hands-on glassmaking experience in Corning about twenty-five years ago, sees glassblowing as a collaboration between artist and medium. It’s the combination of engaging that creative part of herself while touching that place inside someone else that she finds most rewarding.

To learn more about Rodi and her Hands-On Glass Studio, or to set up a glassblowing class, visit