Q&A with Rakow Research Grant recipient Charlotte Holzer

Charlotte HolzerTextile conservator and Ph.D. candidate Charlotte Holzer recently conducted research at The Corning Museum of Glass on the history and conservation of handmade glass fibers. Holzer is a 2016 recipient of the Museum’s Rakow Grant for Glass Research, established in 1986 to foster scholarly research in the history of glass and glassmaking from antiquity until the mid-20th century, from anywhere in the world. I checked in with her to find out a little bit about what she was working on during her time in Corning. Read more →

The Studio Announces 2017 Artists-in-Residence

Martin Janecky
February 13-March 20; Public lecture on March 9

Study of the Dia De Los Muertos, at Corning Museum of Glass 2016. By Martin Janecky.

Study of the Día De Los Muertos, at Corning
Museum of Glass 2016. By Martin Janecky.

Martin Janecky began his career with glass at the age of 13 and later explored sculpting methods in the Czech Republic. Janecky teaches and demonstrates around the world, including at The Studio. In March 2016, he was an Artist-in-Residence, during which time he experimented with opaline glass made at The Studio to further his sculptural work. The following week he was a Guest Artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop, and created a body of work inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Read more →

Best of Instagram: December

From making their own glass sea slug to taking pictures with Santa to exploring our galleries, our visitors shared their experiences with us on Instagram and we’ve gathered nine of our favorites for our monthly round-up. Thank you to everyone who shared their pictures with us this month!

Want to share your photos? Tag @corningmuseum, use #GlassApp, or tag your location at The Corning Museum of Glass. Your photos could be featured in our Best of Instagram: January post.

From left to right, row by row: @dereklevendusky, @jeffsnyderphoto, @sam_levesque_, @loloreed19, @jroconn, @drunkascheese, @heatherlynster4, @mommyisarockstar, and @cutejiajia.


The Secret of the Glass Sea Cucumbers

Blaschka Nr. 287

Blaschka Nr. 287: Synapta maculata (1885);
Synapta maculata (2016), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka,
Dresden, Germany, 1885.
Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology. L.17.3.63-8.

In preparation for Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the museum’s conservation department treated more than 70 Blaschka models. While some models needed extensive interventions, most just needed relatively minor repairs and careful cleaning. In advance of treatment, each model was also carefully examined. One of the most exciting aspects of examining the Blaschka models is uncovering new clues to how they were created. These sea cucumber models are just some of many examples. Read more →

CMoG to make waves with GlassBarge

Here at The Corning Museum of Glass, our mission is to tell the world about an incredible material that captivates and excites us all—namely, glass! In order to fulfill that mission, we don’t wait for the world to come to us—although 460,000 visitors made their way to Corning last year—we take our story out into the world.

The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show in Seattle, Wash.

The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show in Seattle, Wash.

In 2002, we launched the Hot Glass Roadshow, a project that converted a semi-trailer into a fully-functioning glassmaking studio on wheels. We also transformed a standard shipping container into a studio space. This unique equipment and its small footprint make it possible for CMoG to deploy glassmaking to nearly any environment. Our first deployment was the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and, since then, our mobile hot shops have traveled the world stopping in places like Paris, Seattle, South Australia, and New York City. We’ve even circumnavigated the globe aboard Celebrity Cruises, a partnership that began in 2008, and one that enables us to tell the story of glass at sea. Read more →

Corning Museum of Glass Unveils 2016 Rakow Commission by Thaddeus Wolfe

Stacked Grid Structure by Thaddeus Wolfe

Stacked Grid Structure
Thaddeus Wolfe (American, born 1979)
Made in United States, Brooklyn, New York, 2016
Mold-blown glass with brass inclusions
2016.4.9, 31st Rakow Commission

The Corning Museum of Glass unveiled Stacked Grid Structure, this year’s Rakow Commission by Brooklyn-based American artist Thaddeus Wolfe.

Wolfe creates multi-layered, highly-textured, angular mold-blown vessels, sculptures, and lighting fixtures. Stacked Grid Structure, like Wolfe’s other objects, was made by blowing glass into a one-time-use plaster silica mold cast over a carved Styrofoam positive. Creating his molds in this way enables Wolfe to force the material into structures that are at odds with the fluid nature of molten glass.

Stacked Grid Structure is the perfect artifact of its time,” said Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass. “A bold and inventively made object, it bridges craft, design, and art in its production, conception, and ambition, exemplifying the blurred boundaries that make contemporary glass such an exciting field today.” Read more →

Ennion Society acquires 14 English scent bottles for the Museum

The Woodall team working on The Great Tazza and a two-handed vase, 1891

The Woodall Team working on the Great Tazza and a
two-handled vase Amblecote, England, 1891. CMGL 97796.

An exquisite collection of late 19th-century English scent bottles are the most recent gift to The Corning Museum of Glass from the Ennion Society, the Museum’s patron group. The 14 bottles represent a wide variety of cameo glass styles produced by Thomas Webb and Sons, a prolific and innovative glass house based in Amblecote, England. This collection of bottles demonstrates the variety of techniques used in the production of carved cameo glass, from the simple to the spectacular. Work by artists and engravers Jules Barbe, Harry A. Davies, and Fridolin Kretschman, who worked under the supervision of brothers Thomas and George Woodall, is included. Read more →