For the bride: Libbey’s Monticello Glassware

Detail of Cover: Libbey Glass Company, Toledo, OH. For the Bride: Libbey Modern American Glassware. Toledo, OH: Libbey Glass, division of Owens-Illinois Glass Co., 1945 CMGL 61513

Detail of Cover: Libbey Glass Company, Toledo,
OH. For the Bride: Libbey Modern American
Glassware. Toledo, OH: Libbey Glass, division
of Owens-Illinois Glass Co., 1945
CMGL 61513

In the Rakow Research Library’s collection is a small catalog titled, For the Bride: Modern American Glassware (1945), which includes targeted advertisement of the Modern American glassware for the American bride. This series would become the last handmade glass produced by the Libbey Glass Company of Toledo, Ohio.

In 1939, Libbey designed a new line of stemware called “Modern American” with the help of Edwin W. Fuerst, former student at the Toledo Museum of Art’s school and former head of the Package Department at Owens-Illinois. A pre-introductory Modern American Glassware catalog was printed in 1939 when the line was first designed, however the series was not introduced until 1940 at the Crystal Room of New York’s Gotham Hotel. Shortly after its formal introduction, approximately 300 leading stores featured the line with great success. Read more →

Best of Instagram: April

From our Spring Break MakerSpace to making glass at The Studio and exploring the galleries, our visitors took advantage of everything going on at the Museum in April. We rounded up nine of our favorite Instagram posts from visitors during the month of April. Thank you to everyone who shared their unique perspectives of the Museum on Instagram! Share your photos with us by tagging @corningmuseum, tagging your location at The Corning Museum of Glass, or using #GlassApp and #GreatDayForGlass for a chance to be featured in May’s Best of Instagram post.

Photos (left to right, row by row): @aajhchan, @annaelizabethriley, @asummerkindoflife, @brewcuse, @ryanwrush, @risdglass, @keiundie, @newtrierglassart, @maya.o.meshel

Inspiration aboard the Equinox

Taryn Bertolino in the rainforest.

This contract on the Equinox has been my first experience visiting Central America and I’ve been very excited to join the ship and explore new places. On my first cruise, we sailed to Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, and I was lucky enough to go on a rainforest excursion. It was a leisurely ride, more than an hour long, through ferns, vines, mosses and trees on an open air tram. In just a single photograph, you could find so many different species of plants and in 50 shades of green. We had the full rainforest experience — getting soaked by the warm rain, but I didn’t mind at all. The forest smelled so incredible and there was so much to take in, even just listening to the rainfall. Unfortunately, the heavy rains kept most of the birds and animals away but we were still able to see a few sloths in the trees. I should also mention that I attempted to swing from a vine, like Jane of the jungle, and failed miserably landing on my back side. Note to self: fewer trips to the buffet.

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Volunteers – we couldn’t do it without them!

Blogger Tyler Copp is an intern with the human resources department at The Corning Museum of Glass. He is finishing his last semester at Mansfield University and will graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

In 2016, our 259 volunteers, ranging from 13 to 95 years old, logged a whopping total of 12,547 hours at CMoG. That’s more than 34 hours of work by volunteers per day! Those numbers just go to show how dedicated our Museum volunteers are. During this year’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 23 through 29, The Corning Museum of Glass would like to recognize the volunteers who dedicated their time to making the Museum such a great place to visit.

I wondered what makes people want to dedicate so much of their time to volunteering at the Museum. So I went out and asked a few volunteers what makes them so eager to come back and volunteer so much of their time, day in and day out. Here is what they had to say:

Volunteer John Kohut

Volunteer John Kohut

“Where else can you work and be surrounded by such beautiful art? It’s just amazing, [The Corning Museum of Glass] is an amazing place. You meet people from all over the world, including many of the major contemporary artists that come to the Museum. Toots Zynsky was here last summer and talked to the docents for an hour and a half about her work and her life … If I have a passion, it’s glass, and I couldn’t be in better place to nurture that passion.” — John Kohut, has been a volunteer for about 10 years. 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 →

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 →