Regina Wagner: World-class customer service

Guest Services Manager Regina Wagner and her NYSIT award.

Guest Services Manager Regina Wagner and her
NYSTIA award.

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 →

948 square feet of Whitefriars

“Before treatment” photography captures the state the cartoons were in before receiving any treatment. We conduct before treatment photography to document condition issues, as well as to have a point of comparison to the state the object reaches after it has been treated. These objects are canvas cartoons from the roll we treated for Calvary Episcopal Church, New Jersey, USA.

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 →

Photographing glass: Blaschka glass models of marine invertebrates

A Cirriformia tentaculata sea worm (L.55.3.2015) appears to be in continuous, fluttery motion.

A Cirriformia tentaculata sea worm (L.55.3.2015) appears to 
be in continuous, fluttery motion.

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 →

How To Clean Pyrex

Stephen Koob is the chief conservator at The Corning Museum of Glass and is responsible for the care and preservation of the Museum’s collections.

Editor’s note: Stephen Koob works in a lab where he takes seriously all safety precautions when dealing with chemicals. Please note that we strongly recommend using the precautions noted below before using lye. Should you experience any adverse effects, please contact your local Poison Control for information.

How To Clean Pyrex from Corning Museum of Glass Conservator Stephen Koob

Cleaning your beloved Pyrex — whether clear, colored, decorated, or plain — can be a challenge and should be done with care.

First, never, ever put any Pyrex through a dishwasher. This is the fastest and most damaging thing that you can do. It will slowly etch the Pyrex, and probably will not even do a decent job cleaning it. I generally recommend that you never put any glass through a dishwasher.

Second, never use any scrubbing sponge, even if it says “safe for glass,” or “non-scratch.” This includes wire wool cleaning pads.

Also avoid using sharp implements to clean off caked-on or burnt food. Glass can easily be scratched.

So, what do you use? Read more →

Thaddeus Wolfe Named 2016 Rakow Commission Artist

The Corning Museum of Glass has named Thaddeus Wolfe, a Brooklyn-based American artist known for colorful, multi-layered, highly-textured mold-blown vessels, as the recipient of the Rakow Commission in 2016.

Thaddeus Wolfe, Image by Joe Kramm, Courtesy of R & Company.

Thaddeus Wolfe, Image by Joe Kramm,
Courtesy of R & Company.

Situated at the nexus between art, design, and craft, Wolfe’s objects are refined explorations of the possibilities and applications of mold-blown glass, a technique with origins in ancient Rome. Employing new materials and aesthetics, Wolfe mines this ancient technique to create objects that appear futuristic and otherworldly.

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Blaschka Glass Marine Creatures Exhibition Opens May 14, 2016

Specimen of Blaschka Marine Life: Ulactis muscosa (Nr. 116), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden, Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. L.17.3.63-54.

This May, The Corning Museum of Glass will present Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, an exhibition featuring nearly 70 exquisitely detailed glass models of marine invertebrates made by the legendary father-and-son team. Created as scientific teaching aids in the late 19th century, the models capture the diversity and splendor of aquatic life more than 100 years ago. Read more →

Revealing the Mysteries of Venetian Glassmaking Techniques through new Online Resource

This morning, The Corning Museum of Glass released its first-ever scholarly electronic resource, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by artist and scholar, William Gudenrath. A culmination of a lifetime of research, this digital resource details the techniques used to make glass on Murano, Venice’s historic glassmaking island, between about 1500 and 1700, a period known as “the golden age of Venetian glass.” Through 360˚ photography and high-definition video, complete reconstructions of Venetian glassmaking techniques unknown for centuries are now revealed.

Dragon-Stem Goblet, Venice, Italy, 1630-1670. 51.3.118.

Detail of Dragon-Stem Goblet, Venice, Italy, 1630-1670. 51.3.118.

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