Early microscopes like the one made by Antoni van Leewenhoek, on display in Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope, were used to examine the quality of cloth. Today microscopes are used in three important aspects of glass conservation: examination, research, and treatment. Read more →
Here at The Corning Museum of Glass, our Guest Services team makes it their goal to go above and beyond for our guests. Last week, that dedication to exemplary customer service was recognized through a Visitor Services Tourism Excellence Award from the New York State Tourism Industry Association. The award was presented to Regina Wagner, CMoG’s Guest Services Manager, on Thursday at the 2016 Tourism Excellence Awards dinner in Callicoon, New York. Read more →
This post comes from Laura Hashimoto and Bonnie Hodul, Rakow Research Library interns who worked on the conservation of the Whitefriars stained glass cartoon collection over the summer of 2016, in conjunction with West Lake Conservators. Read more about this project and the collection in previous posts.
Laura and Bonnie here, bringing you one last post as we close out our summer working on the Whitefriars stained glass window cartoon conservation project at the Rakow Research Library. As you may know, the Whitefriars collection consists of a total of 1,800 rolls, holding an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 individual objects. It was fantastic to work on just a small selection of such a large collection of interesting works made by the Whitefriars glass company.
This summer, we treated 62 individual cartoons from 11 different rolls in the collection, which depicted designs for stained glass windows that span the globe. In total, we treated approximately 948 square feet of paper, canvas, and photographs, on both the front and back. Read more →
Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka’s glass models of marine invertebrates were successful not only because of the accuracy and intricate level of detail that made them excellent for scientific study, but also because, in the right light, they almost appear to be alive. The Blaschkas were able to achieve this incredible level of artistry and realism by exploiting several properties of glass.
Just as we sometimes think of glass in terms of “freezing” a fluid in motion, the Blaschkas “froze” a moment of invertebrate action to suggest movement. This effect is particularly successful with creatures like the sea worm and anemone pictured here; the Blaschkas shaped hundreds of tiny, exquisitely delicate tentacles to create the illusion of constant movement. Read more →