Sunday, September 29, 2013

Corning, NY September 29

The Corning Museum of Glass is dedicated to the art, history and science of glass.  It was founded in 1951 by Corning Glass Works and currently has a collection of over 45,00 glass objects, some over 3,500 years old.  The Glass Collection Galleries show the most comprehensive and celebrated collection in the world.  The galleries contain objects representing every country and historical period in which glass making has been practiced.  The Museum’s gallery of contemporary glass focuses on vessels, objects, sculptures and instillations by international artists over the last 25 years.

Glass blowing is demonstrated each day as a glob of hot molten glass is blown into vases, bowls or sculptures by a museum artist.  Throughout the demonstration, a narrator describes the process, and cameras give viewers a close-up look into the furnaces where the glass is heated.

The Museum is fascinating and requires more than one day to fully appreciate.

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