megan clare mathie
Megan first encountered hot glass at the Columbus College of Art and Design where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.
She gained curatorial and exhibition development experience at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. Megan was responsible for managing the Conservatory’s Chihuly Collection, and she initiated, developed, and managed a demonstration glassblowing studio to provide programming for the 2009 Chihuly in Columbus exhibitions. She left the Conservatory in 2010 to work for the Corning Museum of Glass as a Gaffer and Narrator in the Hot Glass Show, both at the museum in Corning, New York, and at sea.
Megan has lived on board the cruise ships Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, and Celebrity Solstice, presenting glassblowing demonstrations to audiences around the world. Through a partnership between Celebrity Cruises and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Megan and the Corning Museum of Glass team created Hot PINK Glass Shows. During these shows, Megan shared the experience of her mom and big sister’s battles with breast cancer. The artwork made during the Hot Pink Glass Shows was sold at auction during every cruise, and one hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Because of these efforts, Celebrity Cruises honored Megan by naming her as a Godmother of the newest Solstice Class ship, the Celebrity Reflection.
Megan loves the spontaneity of creating art from molten glass, as well as the cooperation between artists working together in the studio. More than anything, She loves to work with color, to utilize her training as a painter, and treat the glass medium as a luminous canvas.
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