The Netflix glassblowing series 'Blown Away', produced by the Corning Museum of Glass, Toronto-based Marblemedia and Blue Ant Media, will premiere on the streaming network on Wednesday, July 12, the museum said.
The show consists of 10 30-minute episodes and will follow 10 highly-skilled North American glass artists as they compete for the title of “Best in Blow,” a weeklong guest artist appearance at CMoG, and a prize package valued at $60,000.
The competing artists create a unique piece of glass art each episode. One artist will be eliminated each episode until a winner remains in the season finale.
The museum says it’s anticipating the show's Netflix premiere as it presents an opportunity to bring glass to an even greater audience than ever before. The show premiered in Canada in February.
“Blown Away is a global platform, and it’s exciting to think about how this will broaden glassmaking’s level of exposure,” said Eric Meek, CMoG Senior Manager of Hot Glass Programs.
The museum has been heavily involved with the show from its inception. In addition to the museum collaborating with production, Meek served as a guest evaluator in the season finale. Also, six CMoG glass artists - Helen Tegeler, Catherine Ayers, George Kennard, G Brian Juk, Tom Ryder, and Chris Rochelle - provided assistance to the two finalists in the final episode.
The show is hosted by Youtuber Nick Uhas, who hosts a science show on the platform called Nickipedia. Artist Katherine Gray serves as the show's "resident evaluator."
Blown Away’s contestants include:
• Deborah Czeresko – Veteran glass artist based in New York City.
• Kevin Kiff – California-based glass artist.
• Benjamin Kikkert – Vancouver-based glass artist.
• Leah Kudel – Canadian glass artist.
• Janusz Poźniak – British born, Seattle-based glass artist.
• Patrick Proimeau – Canadian glass artist and glass studio operator.
• Alexander Rosenberg – Philadelphia-based artist, educator, and writer.
• Momoko “Momo” Schafer – Recent graduate of MassArt.
• Annette Sheppard – Former CMoG glass artist and current management consultant.
• Edgar Valentine – Tacoma-based glass artist.