Making memories with candy glass

Part of our mission at The Corning Museum of Glass is to tell the world about glass. One of the ways we do this is outreach to specialized communities. At The Studio, we have many such programs: Road Scholars, Veterans Day Glassblowing, Beads of Courage, Expanding Horizons, art classes for Corning’s alternative high school, participation in a local Maker’s Faire, to name a few. Working with specialty groups is fulfilling for us as instructors because we can really tailor teachings around others’ needs.

Glass or candy? Candy!

Glass or candy? Candy!

Most recently, The Studio has partnered with the CMoG Education Department to participate in a CMoG/Rockwell Museum co-sponsored event, Meet Me at the Museum. Read more →

Recent Acquisition: Webb Corbett design catalogs

The Rakow Research Library staff aims to create a comprehensive collection that tells the story of glass. As you might imagine, in building such an inclusive collection, we come across materials in all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Occasionally, some of these materials are in rough shape, but if they are unique or important to glass scholarship we will acquire and care for them knowing the value the item will have for researchers.

I recently encountered such an occasion when these catalogs were offered to the Library:

Stack of catalogs

Photo provided by the vendor of four books of design drawings from Webb Corbett. The books would need to be handled with care, but the illustrations were beautiful.

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3-D printing an arm for a Blaschka sea star

There’s no record of how it happened, but sometime in the past 132 years, this glass model of a sea star was broken and lost one of its arms. The model originally had five solid glass arms which were glued into corresponding openings in a hollow central body. Two double rows of tiny glass feelers are glued onto the sides of each arm. The colorless glass was expertly painted to accurately portray the creature. The model is broken in various places, three of the arms have become detached from the body and one of those is now lost.

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Making Cartesian Divers: Then and Now

We are making Cartesian divers at our Spring Break MakerSpace next week. Come join us and make your own!

What is a Cartesian diver?

Cartesian Divers

A Cartesian diver is an object used to demonstrate the relationship between density and buoyancy. Density describes how much matter is in a certain volume. Imagine filling two measuring cups, one with vegetable oil and the other with water. Now imagine placing those cups on a kitchen scale. You would find that one cup of vegetable oil has a mass of 223 grams and one cup of water has a mass of 240 grams. Vegetable oil has less matter in one cup than water, so vegetable oil is less dense than water. Buoyancy is the ability of an object to float in water. If you poured the vegetable oil and water into the same container, the vegetable oil would be buoyant and float on the water. Cartesian divers are interesting because their density and buoyancy can be changed at will, which means they can float or sink (hence Cartesian “diver”).

Cartesian divers are thought to be named for Rene Descartes. They are known by many different names, including: Cartesian devils, water devils, water dancers, and bottle imps.

How does it work?

Before the demonstration begins, the Cartesian diver is floating in the sealed cylinder of water. The diver is less dense than the water. Then, pressure is applied to the vessel containing the Cartesian diver by pressing down on a flexible membrane at the top. As pressure increases, the gas within the Cartesian diver is compressed, and the diver’s density increases to the point that is no longer able to float in the water. Thus, the diver lives up to its name and sinks to the bottom. However, when the pressure is released, the gas expands to its original volume and the Cartesian diver becomes a Cartesian floater!

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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 →