Williamsport-The Thomas T. Taber Museum will host the first of its Society Programs on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00pm in the Community Room of the museum. The lecture is free and open to the public.
It will feature good friend of the Museum Deb Parsons with a lecture on the history of glass and a demonstration of hot glass.
Deb has been working with glass for thirty five years. Her passion for glassmaking began with Stained Glass which eventually led to Fused and Cast glass. Having experimented with kiln formed glass, she wanted to expand her horizons as a hot glass artist. In 1991 a glassblowing studio in Corning New York offered classes and her dream became a reality. For the next four years, Deb traveled to Corning immersing herself in sculptural blown glass, which gave birth to Lampworked glass in 1995. Creating glass with a torch combined all the techniques she needed to begin a full time career. In 1996 Deb’s husband Art built her a teaching studio, the first public access Lampworking studio in Lycoming County. Deb’s mission is to teach self love through creativity. Parsons Hot Glass Studio offers glassmaking classes for ages ten to one hundreds! Throughout her career, Deb has taught glassmaking at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, public school residencies, off premise group presentations, art camps and art shows. Deb continues to proliferate her body of work by constantly discovering new techniques in glassmaking. She plans to work with glass for the rest of her life. The program “The Evolution of Glassmaking“ will take you on a journey into the wonders of glass beginning with its earliest origins to present day. Unravel some of the mysteries of glass and learn why we can’t live without it. Deb will demonstrate Lampworking techniques and will exhibit various forms of Art Glass. The program will end with a surprise!
The lecture is being held on the third Sunday of the month which coincides with Free Sunday at the Museum. Admission to tour the rest of the Museum is free. The Museum is now open on Sundays from May through October. For further information please call at 570.326.3326.