The Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, Corning, NY
The GlassBarge brings the excitement of live glassmaking from The Corning Museum of Glass to waterfront communities along historic waterways of New York State. The Museum has taken mobile hot shops across the globe. This all-new, world-class performance venue brings floating Hot Glass Demos to the Museum’s New York State neighbors along the Erie Canal and its connected waterways.
In 2017, GlassBarge will be featured at three public, waterfront events on the Erie Canal to help celebrate the kickoff of the canal’s bicentennial. CMoG’s Hot Glass Demo Team will provide free public hot glass programming, including daily glassmaking demonstrations with invited guest artists. GlassBarge is delighted to field an all woman team during the Seneca Falls deployment.
The 2017 GlassBarge deployments are a prelude to an ambitious statewide deployment in 2018, planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of glassmaking coming to Corning from Brooklyn via the New York Harbor, the Hudson River and the Erie Canal.
Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women, Trumansburg, NY
Through the teaching of excellent building skills, Hammerstone School aims to empower women and non-women alike to use their bodies and minds for creative and useful ends. By increasing the skills of individual women, we hope to increase the number of women in the trades, and ultimately change workplaces for women in and outside of the trades
One element of physical work is the process of creativity, intention and completion that goes into each project. As builders, we love our work. We get immersed in each project, and resurface to a feeling of pride in our accomplishment: finished pieces of function and beauty. Today, many items made of wood are machine-made in factories. As our culture re-learns to appreciate homegrown food and locally baked bread, Hammerstone School hopes to remind our community of our potential to create what we need with our own skills and strengths. In so doing, perhaps we can reestablish the value that these items deserve, and allow women and men to thrive both mentally and financially by fully engaging in our most basic pursuits.
Part of the reason we teach carpentry to just women is to undo a societal trend of tremendous underemployment of women in the trades. The other reason we teach women-only courses is to give women a safe environment to learn, absent preconceptions about what they may or may not know or may or may not be capable of. The response from students from our first course onward have been overwhelmingly positive about the women only environment.
Learn more about Hammerstone School: Carpentry for Women
Food and Wine
Christina McKeough, Chef, Graft Wine + Cider Bar, Watkins Glen, NY
Christina McKeough. Christina, and her husband Jonah, are best known for founding the popular Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg. McKeough is key to the Graft team where she embraces all-things-local, highlighting premium Finger Lakes producers on a rotating, seasonally focused bar and kitchen menu. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Along with our commitment to local wine, cider and food, she is equally enthusiastic to feature the talents of many local artisans throughout our space. Learn more about Graft Wine +Cider Bar
Karen Gilman, Pastry Chef, Danos on Seneca, Lodi, NY
Karen graduated from Tufts University and The Museum School of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in 1984. Karen worked in fine dining in Boston, Cape Cod and New York City while pursuing her art career. In 1990, she helped her husband open Dano's. Karen's job description would include business manager, front of house operations and pastry chef. She also exhibits her paintings at Dano's, and had an integral role in the interior design of Dano's on Seneca. Karen has been a featured pastry chef at the James Beard Foundation on four occasions. Her recipe for Caramelized Quince Honey Cake appears in The Mensch Chef. Learn more about Danos on Seneca.
Julia Hoyle, Winemaker, Hosmer Estate Winery, Ovid, NY
Born in Philadelphia, Julia Hoyle found herself in the Finger Lakes by way of Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she studied French and Women's Studies. After her college degree, she spent time abroad both in France (Avignon, teaching English) and in Senegal. In 2009, as a college student, she took a job in the tasting room at Fox Run vineyards on Seneca Lake. After a couple of years working there, her interest in winemaking took her from the tasting room into the cellar. After working at Fox Run, Julia spent a harvest in the cellar at Atwater Winery before taking a full-time position as assistant winemaker at Sheldrake Point Winery in December of 2013. From January to April of 2015 she took a sabbatical to work in South Australia as the night shift white winemaker at Yalumba Winery, Australia's oldest family winery. She then returned to Sheldrake Point where she had been until her transition to Hosmer Winery.
Julia's winemaking style is very consistent with the style of the former winemaker, Aaron. The focus is on the quality of fruit with as little as possible added to the wine, in order to make it reflective of the soil, grape, season, and growing condition. Julia is looking forward to working with the estate grown fruit at Hosmer Winery, when asked to name a couple things she is "stand-out excited about" when it comes to making wine here she answered, "the extremely diverse and expanding Riesling portfolio" and "our estate red vinifera, especially the Hosmer Cabernet Franc"! Learn more about Hosmer Estate Winery
Artists and Stylists
Jen Cork and The Good Hope, Ithaca, NY
Ithaca-based folk-jazz outfit, The Good Hope, blends the smokily textured vocals of singer-songwriter Jen Cork, with the instrumental stylings of some of Ithaca's long-time favorites, Harry Aceto (upright bass), Brian Earle (clarinet), and Michael Wellen (drums). With their first full-length album release, Forever to Fall, in April 2015, The Good Hope brings a sometimes danceable and sometimes pensive, but always rich exploration of death, learning, and love. To follow Jen Cork and The Good Hope on Facebook
Q. Cassetti, Luckystone Partners, Trumansburg, NY
Q. Cassetti is a graphic designer/illustrator who has provided the design and production of our invitation, banners, and website for this event. Cassetti has a broad range of corporate experience working with Corning Incorporated, Quest Diagnostics, IKEA, Steuben Glass, Tiffany and Company, Estee Lauder, Cornell University, Ithaca College focusing on branding, corporate voice and vision, print collateral, pattern/product development and packaging. She was honored to work with the US Postal Service on the 2014 Forever Cut Paper Heart stamp.
Cassetti provides pro-bono design to farmers and producers in the Finger Lakes to help raise the level of presentation to match the excellent products and food we have in our neighborhood. Some of her projects are for the Finger Lakes Cider House, Good Life Farm, Kite and String Cider, Black Diamond Cider, Redbyrd Orchard Cider, Finger Lakes Cider Alliance, Myer Farm Distillery, Lakewood Vineyards, Bright Raven Farm and Apiary, Finger Lake Meat Project, Trumansburg Farmers Market, Stonecat Cafe, The Piggery, Red Gate Grocer, Black Pearl Creamery, Regional Access, Wide Awake Bakery, Farmer Ground Flour. Learn more about Q. and see her work
Heather Hallagan, Gather, Mecklenburg, NY
Heather Hallagan is visual "life stylist". She brings a distinctive style and vision to design projects that is transformative, elegant and inspiring. Halligan integrates out of the box thinking with local resources, artisans, and producers working towards a rustic elegance that expresses Finger Lakes Style in a nutshell.
Hallagan is drawn to singular projects, big and small, that have the potential to connect diverse people, create an open dialogue to catalyze change and conversation. Clients include: Firelight Camps, Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, Ithaca Hospicare & Palliative Services, MacKenzie Childs, Argos Inn.