The inside scoop on 360° photography

Viewing collection objects on our website is nothing new, but being able to turn the object completely around and zoom in to get a close-up view of the intricacies of an object is. The Corning Museum of Glass Collections Photography department is working hard to bring 360° photography of select Museum objects to our guests and online visitors.

What does it take to create a 360° photograph?

Blaschka Nr. 216, Porpita mediterranea (1885); Porpita porpita (2016), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden, Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. L.59.3.2015.

Blaschka Nr. 216, Porpita mediterranea
(1885); Porpita porpita (2016),
Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka,
Dresden, Germany, 1885.
Lent by Cornell University, Department
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
L.59.3.2015.

The curators of our glass collection, which spans more than 35 centuries, prioritize which objects will be photographed in 360°. Starting with an object that lends itself to be viewed in 360°, we need to make sure that object is centered precisely on the turntable. That may not seem very complicated, but some objects have a natural curve to them or, as with this Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka 1885 model of a Porpita mediterranea (more commonly known as a blue button jellyfish) are not perfectly centered on their stands. We want the object to appear centered as it is viewed, instead of floating around your computer display. The last thing I want to do is cause someone motion sickness while viewing our amazing collections objects in 360°! Read more →

Best of Instagram: January

From 2300° to Hot Glass at Sea, our visitors snapped some amazing photos at the Museum this month. We’ve rounded up nine of our favorites. Thank you to everyone who shared their images with us!

Want to be featured in our next Best of Instagram post? Tag us @corningmuseum, use #glassapp or #greatdayforglass, or tag your location at The Corning Museum of Glass. Your images could be featured in our Best of Instagram: February post!

Photos, left to right by row: @lisahoweler, @chism_16, @versalume, @campangus, @johnnyquest07, @tiffany.g.rogers, @rnoriginals, @extraordinary_destiny, @mercibyl

Taking the time to make a rose

I was given the chance to make a rose paperweight, a Make Your Own Glass project that is new to The Corning Museum of Glass this year. It falls under the “glass forming” category of Make Your Own Glass projects and is considered one of the more hands-on experiences that the Museum has to offer (available to ages 14 and up). I was nervous to try my hand at the rose paperweight, as I have only made glass one other time.

Tess is suited up and ready to get to work on her rose paperweight.

Tess is suited up and ready to get to work on her rose
paperweight.

After being properly equipped with safety glasses, an apron, protective sleeves, and gloves, I was seated at the work bench. From there, Erica Simon, a glass blower at The Studio, gathered a small bit of clear glass on her iron and brought it to the bench for me to begin. The iron has to be rotated constantly in order to keep the molten glass from dripping onto the floor. Erica then went back for another gather of glass, which doubled the size of the soon-to-be paperweight. While continuing to rotate the iron, I used a wooden block soaked in water to shape the molten glass into a sphere and ensure that it was on center. This aspect of the project was on the easier side, despite the fact that both hands need to move together to keep the glass centered. I was successful in turning my glass blob into a glass sphere. Read more →

The machine that lit up the world

When the power goes out at home, I can manage without a furnace by using my wood stove and can usually find something to eat in the cupboard. It’s the darkness that gives the most trouble, making it inconvenient, slow, and even dangerous to move. My biggest frustration is that even with a flashlight, I can’t read books, at least not good old-fashioned ones, the ones I really like to hold in my hands.

By making artificial lighting a standard, and cheap, feature of our homes and public spaces, the incandescent bulb completely transformed our society. It changed our behaviors, and extended our activities into times often disconnected from natural daily and seasonal cycles. One of my favorite satellite images (below, from NASA) shows how nighttime around the world is impacted by the presence of lighting. And one machine, the ribbon machine, is at the heart of this image and of the light bulbs that shaped the world.

Satellite image of lights around the world.

Satellite image of lights around the world.

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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 →