Fired Up! student, artist head to N.Y.

Antwon Johnson works on a piece of glass at Water Street Glassworks in Benton Harbor

BENTON HARBOR — Antwon Johnson, a Benton Harbor glass artist in the Fired Up! teen glass program at Water Street Glassworks, and his mentor/instructor Eli Zilke are headed to Corning, N.Y., for this week’s Expanding Horizons program, presented at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Johnson was one of six teens selected nationwide for this intensive glass experience, according to a news release.

Zilke is the studio manager and production designer at Water Street Glassworks, 140 Water St.

Expanding Horizons is a week-long program at The Corning Museum of Glass for the top students in at-risk glass art programs around the U.S., according to the museum’s website.

The outreach program includes airfare, lodging and meals. The itinerary blends instruction, touring the collections with curators, a visit to the Rakow Research Library, a meeting with a prominent collector, opportunities to share techniques with peers, and a presentation on applying to college with a focus on glassblowing.

Water Street Glassworks’ award-winning Fired Up! program is the second-oldest youth glass program in the country, according to the news release.

Johnson is the second student from the program to attend Expanding Horizons.

“This will be an amazing and memorable experience for both Antwon and Eli,” Glassworks’ Executive Director Lynne Clayton said. “We are also excited for Antwon to take his first flight to get there.”

Johnson’s glass artwork will be on display in the Fired Up! program’s Krasl Art Fair booth on July 13-14 in St. Joseph.

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