Best of Instagram: October

We’ve rounded up nine of our favorite visitor photographs from October. Our visitors took some amazing pictures of our collection, our architecture, and glass artists at work this month. Thanks to everyone who shared their beautiful photos with us on Instagram!

Best of Instagram: October

Want to share your photos? Tag @corningmuseum, use #GlassApp, or tag your location at The Corning Museum of Glass. Your photos could be featured in our Best of Instagram: November post!

Left to right, row by row: @dougilis, @yoavdan, @samthemusicalgamer, @thejoshuachang, @webtraverser, @nickhennig, @mr._miles, @fefaifofai.

The Curious Case of Alice in the Archives

Every archive has mysteries waiting to be discovered and solved. Recently at the Rakow Research Library, we discovered some unusual items in one of our core collections: The Frederick Carder Papers. Frederick Carder (1863-1963) was a pioneering English glassmaker who co-founded the Steuben Glass Works in 1903 and later became the Art Director of Corning Glass Works in 1932. He is one of the most famous residents of Corning, New York, and he is respected throughout the glass community for his innovations in art glass.

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A modern-day cabinet of curiosity

George Loudon is a London-based retired banker, art collector, and author. In this guest blog post, he talks about his shift from collecting contemporary art to being drawn to 19th-century scientific curiosities.

George Loudon with some of his collection. Photograph courtesy of Apollo Magazine © Kate Peters

George Loudon with some of his collection.
Photograph courtesy of Apollo Magazine
© Kate Peters

A shared passion for contemporary art and for 19th-century didactic models may seem an unlikely combination, but in my mind they sit comfortably alongside one another.

After 20 or so years collecting contemporary works by young artists, I noticed in the 1990s that some artists were playing around with science and 19th-century scientific references. While visiting my daughter at Harvard, we saw the extraordinary collection of glass flowers by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, which really struck me in terms of what this sort of material could mean. After that, I started seeking out these and other didactic pieces banished to museum and university storerooms because institutions had taken them off display in favor of new technology. 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 →