American glass artist and scholar William Gudenrath (1950– ) initially trained as a musician, earning a BM in organ performance from North Texas State University in 1974 and an MM in harpsichord from The Juilliard School in 1978. However, Gudenrath was fascinated by glass since experiments with a childhood chemistry set and changed paths to become a glassblower, learning and teaching at New York Experimental Glass Workshop (later UrbanGlass) in the 1970s and 1980s. Gudenrath is widely regarded as an authority on historical glassmaking techniques from the ancient world through the eighteenth century and has published extensively in the field. In 1995, Gudenrath and his wife, Amy Schwartz, accepted an invitation from The Corning Museum of Glass to help establish and lead a glass studio at the museum. Gudenrath remains the Corning Studio’s resident advisor. He is also cochair (with Lino Tagliapietra) of the technical committee of Study Days on Venetian Glass at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice and is a fellow of the Corning Museum.