Designing for a New Era: Steuben Glass to collaborate with Contemporary Designer Harry Allen on Brand’s Next Generation of Products

Harry Allen by Stefan Hengst

Harry Allen by Stefan Hengst

Steuben Glass, the American luxury crystal brand renowned for its distinguished decorative collectibles, signature tableware designs, and prestigious corporate gifts, is breathing new life into its celebrated tradition of collaborating with leading designers to develop the next generation of creations for the brand. Following a reintroduction of the brand under the stewardship of The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG), select Steuben classics are being reintroduced, and new products are being developed, some with contemporary designers, among the first of which is New York-based designer, Harry Allen.

Since the 1930s, celebrated artists and designers, from Georgia O’Keeffe, and Salvador Dalí to Kiki Smith and Michele Oka Doner have collaborated on new Steuben designs. Allen, whose work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn, Denver, and Philadelphia museums of art, and CMoG, designed his first Steuben piece in 2011—a realistic-looking glass piggy bank. Read more →

#AskACurator Day is Wednesday, Sept. 14

#AskACurator

What’s the oldest piece of glass in your collection? How did you become a curator? How does glass get its color? Ask us anything! The Corning Museum of Glass is joining more than 1,000 museums around the world for #AskACurator Day on Twitter on Wednesday, September 14.

Ask the curators questions about their jobs, our collections, exhibitions, or anything else about the Museum during this live Twitter Q&A. Tweet your questions to @corningmuseum using the hashtag #AskACurator. Meet the curatorial team who will be answering your questions: Read more →

Telescope Quest: Day 22

Marvin Bolt, the Museum’s curator of science and technology, traveled to Europe last fall to research some of the world’s oldest telescopes. Read along to hear about his adventures and discoveries.

day22_04Visitors from Europe and England often plan to travel between North American cities without realizing the vast distances typically involved. Thinking about those visitors, I had planned to drive from London to Sunderland, home of the National Glass Centre, thinking, how big can England be? Well, much bigger and, more to the point, much slower via car than I had thought. Hopping on a train, instead, I made my way north to the resort town. Read more →

Adopting glass pets

Catherine Labonté animals at the CMoG Shop.

A beautiful sunny day in the Southern Tier marked the beginning of the Labor Day weekend and glass artist Catherine Labonté was visiting The Corning Museum of Glass for Adopt-a-Glass Pet Day. As the crowds bustled in, the distinctive sound of Catherine’s handheld Dremel was heard above all else, as she personalized each glass animal with its new adopted name engraved into its side.

Here are a few of the adopters with their new glass pets! 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.

Read more →

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.

Read more →