Best of Instagram: March

Our visitors took some amazing pictures around the Museum campus this month! We’ve rounded up nine of our favorites from Instagram. Share your photos with us by tagging @corningmuseum, using #GlassApp or #GreatDayForGlass, or tagging your location at The Corning Museum of Glass. Your photos could be featured in our Best of Instagram: April post!

Photos, left to right, row by row: @drjane248, @missuspotassium, @extraordinary_destiny, @martinjanecky, @natalievorhis1, @grballard, @sherry.mann, @explrupstate, and @mylessss.

Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library

Bandhu Scott Dunham wanted to be a mad scientist or an alchemist as a kid. Although he’s grown up to be a glass artist, he still manages to infuse many of his pieces with a sense of magic and whimsy. His series of kinetic sculptures, he says, represents “the colorful, magical mysteries that captivated my childhood self.”

During one of his visits to the Rakow Research Library, Dunham came across another group of artists meshing science, mechanics, and art. Itinerant glassworkers traveled around the world entertaining and educating audiences with flameworking demos, intricate glass models, and even scientific experiments. Dunham was particularly inspired by the working glass steam engines built by many troupes in the 1800s, and he used advertisements and images from the Library’s collection to inform the construction and appearance of his own glass engines. The results demonstrate how libraries can inspire people in all sorts of ways. Read more →

Exploring the Archives: A Renaissance man for glass

Can you be haunted by a building? Glass scholar Paul Hollister (1918-2004) certainly thought so and later described his own haunting in a lecture. At age 11, he visited the Crystal Palace, site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, located in London’s Sydenham Hill, and was instantly transfixed by the giant cast-iron and plate-glass exhibition hall. This sparkling structure with its clear glass walls and ceilings ingrained itself into his imagination and helped instill a lifelong passion for the study of glass. Although Hollister would go on to become one of the foremost scholars in 17th- to 19th-century glass studies, glass paperweights, and contemporary studio art glass, the enchanting Crystal Palace never strayed far from his thoughts or his research.

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There at the Beginning: Early Studio Glass from the Parkman Collection

Head up the escalators in the Courtyard Lobby to the West Bridge and you’ll be met with six cases of vases, perfume bottles, platters, and sculptures. These colorful and exquisite examples of early Studio Glass from 1971 to 1982 are recent gifts from Ennion Society members Paul and Elmerina Parkman. The Parkmans began collecting contemporary Studio Glass more than 40 years ago, and have been involved with The Corning Museum of Glass for almost as long.

The couple began collecting after Paul’s mother passed away and left them several pieces of antique glass. They started to research the glass and, in the process, fell in love with contemporary glass.

The 24 works in the Parkmans’ 2016 donation, which are joined by Harvey Littleton’s Blue Twist donated in 2015, provide a snapshot of the earliest days of the Studio Glass movement. During this period, artists were just beginning to learn how to work directly with hot glass. As they honed their glassblowing skills, early Studio Glass artists experimented with color and new ways to manipulate hot glass such as cutting, pinching, and stretching. The objects in the Parkmans’ gift showcase the diversity of these approaches. Particularly notable among this group—and just in time for Women’s History Month—are several works by women artists. 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 →