Best of Instagram: February

From architecture to their own glass masterpieces, our visitors took some amazing photos at the Museum in February. Thank you to everyone who shared their unique perspectives of the Museum on Instagram! We’ve rounded up nine of our favorites. Want to share your photos? Tag @corningmuseum, use #glassapp or #greatdayforglass, or tag your location at The Corning Museum of Glass. Your photos could be featured in our Best of Instagram: March post!

Photos, left to right, row by row: @rngoriginals, princess_of_the_nerds, @loveofterra, @johnweichang2, @i_m_shaneshane, @jessilynhanafi, @clairekellyglass, @campbelllover51, @_natuhlee.

#AskAMaker Day is Monday, March 6

How hot is the melting furnace? Why do you use newspaper in your demos? We’re gathering our glassmakers to answer all of your burning questions on March 6 for #AskAMaker. Send your questions to us on Twitter by tagging @corningmuseum and #AskAMakerDay. We’ll be accepting your questions from now until March 4, so make sure to send your questions soon!

Meet the glassmakers who will be answering your questions:

Caitlyn HydeCaitlin Hyde, Flameworker
Caitlin Hyde lives in Corning, N.Y., and has been making flameworked glass beads and small sculpture since 1996. She teaches workshops at The Corning Museum of Glass and across the country. Hyde’s background in illustration, textile design, and love of high contrast, rhythmic pattern are evident in her pictorial beads and assembled figurative work. “The desire to create and tell stories binds us together across time and space and culture,” says Hyde. “So I make beads about stories; not always overt in their meaning, but with the implication of narrative.” Read more →

Thatcher Glass: A hidden gem in our backyard

This post is the first in a series about the Thatcher Glass Collection project.

My name is Christina Baker, and I currently work in the digitization lab at the Rakow Research Library. My assignment is to catalog and digitize the archival collection for Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Co., which was located in Elmira, N.Y. When people ask me what I do, I explain to them that I am working on the Thatcher Glass project and they ask, “What is Thatcher Glass? I’ve never heard of them, where are they located? Corning?” I give them a scenario: “Tonight on your way home, you may be stopping at the grocery store and you may have written on your grocery list this morning that one of the items you need to pick up is a gallon of milk. As you stand in front of the dairy case, wondering what brand to get, stop a moment and look around. You may notice that you have two selections of milk containers: plastic or cardboard. Now place yourself in that same frame of mind, but 60, 70 years into the past. Instead of reaching for a plastic gallon or cardboard carton of milk, you would be reaching for a glass bottle. Or you might have direct delivery to your doorstep via a horse-drawn carriage. What you might not have realized is that the bottle your milk came in was manufactured in your own backyard.”

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Moving a 60,000-pound acquisition

In 2016, The Corning Museum of Glass was offered a donation of a large ribbon machine from OSRAM Sylvania/LEDVANCE Corp. in Wellsboro, Pa., along with a large selection of molds for the manufacture of light bulbs. Although the Museum already had a ribbon machine (an early version from the 1930s), the new machine was the most modern, largest, and fastest ever built, so CMoG decided to acquire it. The mechanization of glass making is an important part of the “story of glass” and the Museum has collected numerous machines over the years in an effort to save them from the scrapyard and preserve that part of the story.

Ribbon Machine #7, probably 1930-1935, 2002.8.2

Ribbon Machine #7, probably 1930-1935, 2002.8.2

The ribbon machine was conceived by William J. Woods in 1921, and designed in collaboration with David E. Gray. Molten glass sags through an opening to form a ribbon of glass, a part of which enters a mold; air pressure expands the glass to form an electric light bulb envelope. By moving this ribbon of glass across a sequence of orifice plates and molds, the machine produces a constant stream of bulbs, hour after hour. By 1926, a Corning Ribbon Machine could produce up to 300 light bulbs per minute; in 2016, the ribbon machine CMoG acquired could produce approximately 1,700 bulbs per minute.

Read Curator of Science and Technology Marvin Bolt’s blog post about the history of the machine and how it works. Read more →

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 →