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
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 →
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
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.
Arial tram in the Costa Rican rainforest
Taryn Bertolino in the rainforest.
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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
“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 →