Pittsburgh Forecast 2007: Year of Glass

Pittsburgh Roars may be the mantra in 2006, but 2007 promises to be "The Year of Glass." One reason is the city will host the Glass Arts Society's 37th annual conference from June 7-9.

The five day conference titled "Transformational Matter" will include lectures and demonstrations of blown-glass skills as well as flame-worked glass, cast glass, and flat glass techniques, not to mention tours for attendees who wish to visit local museums, exhibitions, glass factories, collector's homes and the architectural gems of our region.

"We expect 1,500 to 2,000 people to come to town for that," says Sarah Nichols, adjunct curator of decorative arts at Carnegie Museum of Art, who is a member of the group and will give a lecture on Venetian glass at the conference.

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