Here is Caitlin with her display box of the
When Caitlin Hyde decided to investigate Chondrocladia lampadiglobus, more commonly known as the “ping pong tree sponge,” she found herself going through a process that might be similar to how Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka prepared to make their models. Chondrocladia lampadiglobus has only been known to science for the last 10 to 15 years — so the Blaschkas never made a model of it because no one knew it existed in the late 1800s.
“I wanted to learn something new in the same way the Blaschkas would have so that I could mirror their working process,” explained Caitlin. “And I wanted to choose an animal and make a model that would not only have a story to tell, but also convey scientific information.” And Chondrocladia lampadiglobus has an interesting story … this particular species of sponge is one of a group of about 30 in its genus that are carnivorous sponges. This innocent-looking sponge likes to dine on small crustaceans. Read more →
#AskAnArchivist Day is Oct. 5
What’s the most popular collection in your archives? How old is the oldest object in your collection? Ask our archivists anything! The Corning Museum of Glass is joining archives, libraries, and museums around the world as a participant in #AskAnArchivist day on Wednesday, October 5. Ask your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist and our archivists at the Rakow Research Library will answer them. Meet the archivists from the Rakow Research Library who will be answering your questions for #AskAnArchivist day. Read more →
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.
Back to London, and to an offsite storeroom, holding back my 70-pound rolling suitcase as we go down the hill at Greenwich, and lugging it up again at the end of the day. Who says scholarly work isn’t physically demanding?
As we are finding everywhere, the museum staff members at the National Maritime Museum are incredibly helpful and flexible. We find a suitable place to set up the optical gear, and rig up cloth and paper to cover the windows to cut down on stray light. Alas, a key component, a holder for the test mirror, has failed due to a stripped screw. Of course, it’s not a standard size, and getting it out challenges the ingenuity of the technician there. An hour later, and we’re off and running. I think he enjoyed the challenge; I hope so, because he’s given an hour to solving my problem rather than to working as he had planned. It’s a good lesson in how to treat one’s guests. I make a note to remember that for the future.
The signed lens of a unique John Cuff telescope.
Today, we have just three items to examine, which is good, given that it’s taken longer than usual to set up. The first is a telescope made by John Cuff, known for his important innovations on microscopes; we have no other examples by him. And he did something very nice, signing the lens of the telescope. If only everyone did that! Don’t try that at home, though. Early telescopes are often signed at the edge of the lens, which is covered by a paper ring holding it in place. The signature doesn’t impact the quality of the lens or of the image. Read more →
As summer comes to a close and the colors of fall begin to spread across the forested canopy of Upstate New York, so too does The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) shift its focus from one season to the next. Preparations are underway for the Glass Farmers Market October 2 through 10.
CMoG gaffer George Kennard with a
A staple at the Museum for many years, the Glass Farmers Market brings together the finest locally-made glass pumpkins under one tent, for all to see. Stepping inside you’ll find an arrangement of flowers, straw, hay, wicker, and of course, glass.
For the past year, local glassblowers have been hard at work producing an unrivaled crop of glass pumpkins, of all shapes, sizes, and prices. Using every free minute they can muster, before classes, between shows and even after hours, the pumpkin farmers are tending to their gather. Read more →