Starting with an undecorated blank, a glass cutter draws guiding lines with red wax. The cuts are roughed in with metal wheels, the smoothed and polished with successive passes over the pattern using stone and wooden wheels. A small bowl could be cut in a few hours, but a large vase could take 70-100 hours of work. Take some time to appreciate the labor behind some of Corning’s most intricate cut glass pieces in our newly redesigned Crystal City Gallery.
5 “In-Process” Goblets, T. G. Hawkes & Company, Corning, New York, United States, 1925-1945. 63.4.12.