Fired Up

Glass Today

September 16, 2022 – February 5, 2023 

From studio glass to American flameworking, Fired Up presents a major showing of contemporary glass work created out of the artists’ desire to connect with their material and engage greater conversations surrounding community. Discover over 50 glassmakers who are pushing boundaries, forging new paths, and inspiring people in support of this art. Beyond the exhibition, experience the magic of glass firsthand through a lineup of related programs and events, including live glassblowing demonstrations at the museum. 


Premier Member Reception
Tuesday, September 13; 6–7:30pm—In museum
Open to Society of Daniel Wadsworth and Atheneum Associates members

Premier Member Preview Day
Wednesday, September 14; noon–5pm
Open to Society of Daniel Wadsworth and Atheneum Associates Members

Member Preview Day
Thursday, September 15; noon–5pm—In museum

Curator Tours with Brandy Culp
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17; 11am—In museum
Availability is limited. Email invitations will be sent with registration links.


The Hot Shop at the Wadsworth
Friday–Sunday, September 16–18 & September 23–25
Drop-in | noon–5pm, Demonstrations |  1–2:30pm

In celebration of Fired Up: Glass Today, the Wadsworth will host a temporary glass working studio in the museum’s outdoor central court. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to experience live glass working and get a firsthand look at the tools, techniques, and processes that form the core of working with molten glass. Come explore The Hot Shop and experience the magic of glass. Free with museum admission. Presented in partnership with Mobile Glassblowing Studios

September 30 | Curator Talk with Brandy Culp

As of April 30, support has been provided by The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, Mobile Glassblowing Studios, LLC, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Simon Abrams, Trinity College, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Exhibition Fund supported by the estates of James Lyon, Karen Kelleher, and Susannah Shickman.

Image: Dan Friday (American | Lummi Nation, born 1975), Schaenexw (Salmon) Run, 2020. Blown and sculpted glass. Photo by Ian Lewis. Courtesy of the artist.