The Corning Museum of Glass to present first major exhibition dedicated to Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics

Detail of reredos with cross, after 1910. Tiffany Studios. Glass mosaic with glass jewels. Christ Episcopal Church, Corning, New York. Photo: The Corning Museum of Glass

Detail of reredos with cross, after 1910. Tiffany Studios.
Glass mosaic with glass jewels. Christ Episcopal Church,
Corning, New York. Photo: The Corning Museum of Glass

The first exhibition to explore Louis C. Tiffany’s glass mosaics—an extraordinary but little-known aspect of his artistic production—will be presented by The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) from May 20, 2017, through January 7, 2018. Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, organized jointly by CMoG and The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will combine works from both collections with important loans and specially designed digital displays to reveal how Tiffany’s mosaics reflect this aspect of his studio’s artistry and innovation in glass. The exhibition will feature nearly 50 works dating from the 1890s to the 1920s, from intimately scaled mosaic fancy goods designed for use in the home to large-scale mosaic panels and architectural elements composed of thousands of individual pieces of glass. Examples of Tiffany mosaics of such wide-ranging scope and scale have never before been displayed together, and the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to take in the breadth of this aspect of Tiffany’s work. Architectural mosaics still in situ will be presented through digital displays, showcasing new high resolution photography of these works recently captured by the CMoG team. Read more →

James Gerhardt Appointed Chief Advancement Officer of The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today announced the appointment of James S. Gerhardt as its new chief advancement officer. Gerhardt brings more than 15 years of experience in the development of arts- and education-focused not-for-profit organizations to the Museum. He most recently served as the chief advancement officer for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. In his new role, Gerhardt will serve on the Museum’s leadership team, grow and lead the Museum’s advancement department, and enhance its existing institutional giving program. Gerhardt will assume his new position on November 30.

James Gerhardt

James Gerhardt

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim to the Museum,” said Karol Wight, CMoG president and executive director. “His depth of experience both in the arts and in academia makes him the perfect candidate to help us develop further our existing giving programs and to lead our advancement department. As CMoG continues to grow and as we start to launch our next set of strategic initiatives, Jim will be instrumental in this new chapter for the Museum.” 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 →

Telescope Quest: Days 29 and 30

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.

Lamborghini at BLQ

Lamborghini at BLQ

How long does it take to drive 20 miles from London center to Heathrow? Google said an hour, so I allowed two; it took three, but I was still quite early. A month early. Somehow, in the midst of all the travel arrangements, we had booked a flight on the wrong date. The counter staff-person was very nice about it. There was, alas, a rebooking fee, but she felt sorry for having to charge it, and waived the extra and excess baggage fee, which would have been more than the rebooking fee anyway. It also gave me one last chance for some honest-to-goodness fish and chips. Not bad. Turning lemons into flavoring on my deep-fried haddock. Read more →

Ennion Society acquires 14 English scent bottles for the Museum

The Woodall team working on The Great Tazza and a two-handed vase, 1891

The Woodall Team working on the Great Tazza and a
two-handled vase Amblecote, England, 1891. CMGL 97796.

An exquisite collection of late 19th-century English scent bottles are the most recent gift to The Corning Museum of Glass from the Ennion Society, the Museum’s patron group. The 14 bottles represent a wide variety of cameo glass styles produced by Thomas Webb and Sons, a prolific and innovative glass house based in Amblecote, England. This collection of bottles demonstrates the variety of techniques used in the production of carved cameo glass, from the simple to the spectacular. Work by artists and engravers Jules Barbe, Harry A. Davies, and Fridolin Kretschman, who worked under the supervision of brothers Thomas and George Woodall, is included. Read more →

How To Clean Pyrex

Stephen Koob is the chief conservator at The Corning Museum of Glass and is responsible for the care and preservation of the Museum’s collections.

Editor’s note: Stephen Koob works in a lab where he takes seriously all safety precautions when dealing with chemicals. Please note that we strongly recommend using the precautions noted below before using lye. Should you experience any adverse effects, please contact your local Poison Control for information.

How To Clean Pyrex from Corning Museum of Glass Conservator Stephen Koob

Cleaning your beloved Pyrex — whether clear, colored, decorated, or plain — can be a challenge and should be done with care.

First, never, ever put any Pyrex through a dishwasher. This is the fastest and most damaging thing that you can do. It will slowly etch the Pyrex, and probably will not even do a decent job cleaning it. I generally recommend that you never put any glass through a dishwasher.

Second, never use any scrubbing sponge, even if it says “safe for glass,” or “non-scratch.” This includes wire wool cleaning pads.

Also avoid using sharp implements to clean off caked-on or burnt food. Glass can easily be scratched.

So, what do you use? 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 →