The first Pyrex measuring cup in this post never made it to production. Designer Dennis Younge led the revolutionary redesign of the measuring cup and opened the bottom of the cup’s handle, which allowed it to be stacked and maximize storage in the kitchen. The new measuring cup was tested by consumers in the Pyrex Test Kitchen before being released to the general public. Learn more about the innovations in glass from Corning, New York in our Crystal City Gallery.
Pyrex Measuring Cup Prototype, Corning Glass Works, Main Plant, “A” Factory, Corning, New York, United States, 1980-1986. Gift of Lee and Dennis Younge. 2017.4.8; Pyrex Mix ‘N’ Measure Batter Bowl, Corning Glass Works, Main Plant, “A” Factory, Corning, New York, United States, 1983. 2010.4.1059.
This week, we hosted the Road Scholars, a group of individuals interested in lifelong learning, at The Studio. They learned how to fuse and slump glass by kiln-working, create beautiful beads at the torch, and blow their own drinking glasses at the furnace. We have openings for our next Road Scholars session November 5-8. For more information or to register, contact Jenny Monroe at Watson Homestead, +1 (607) 962-0541 or email@example.com.
Today, we’re celebrating the “Crystal City” as we close out our celebration of 150 years of glassmaking in Corning with Harvest Homecoming! This decanter is in the “Crystal City” pattern, one of the few patented cut glass patterns. The curvature of the smooth, undecorated rings in this pattern was difficult to achieve, but creates a brilliant optical effect. Explore more glass from Corning, New York in the Crystal City Gallery.
Claret Decanter in “Crystal City” or “Wedding Ring” Pattern, J. Hoare & Company (glass), Gorham Manufacturing Company (silver), Corning, New York, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 1892. 2004.4.14.
Raise a glass to National Punch Day with this lidded Baccarat punch bowl and tray with 15 glasses! Acid-etched with a scene of revelry, this punch bowl was displayed at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, where Baccarat won a grand prize for their work.
Lidded Punch Bowl, Tray and 15 Glasses, Compagnie des Verreries et Cristalleries de Baccarat (manufacturer), Baccarat, France, 1867. Gift of Mrs. Charles K. Dance. 67.3.41.
Hilda Jesser, a former student of Josef Hoffmann’s at the School of Applied Arts in Vienna, was an employee of the Wiener Werkstätte from 1916 to 1922. During that time, she demonstrated her versatility as an artist by creating designs for a wide variety of media, including glass, ceramics, print, embroidery, leather, metalwork, and wall paintings. Jesser enhanced the form of this vase (designed by Hoffmann) with an energetic blue and white enamel decoration that envelops the surface. See this beautiful vase on display in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, at the Museum through January 7.
Vase with Blue Flowers, about 1917. Designed and decorated by Hilda Jesser (Austrian, 1894-1985); glass form designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870-1956); manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte and Joh. Oertel & Co. Mold-blown, hotworked, and enameled glass. H. 19.8 cm, Diam. 11.7 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass (2005.3.11).
Our 57th Annual Seminar on Glass begins in just one month! This year’s Seminar focuses on cut and engraved glass to coincide with the opening of our newly redesigned Crystal City Gallery and our special exhibition, “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO. See the full list of speakers and register today.
Plate in “Panel” Pattern, T. G. Hawkes and Company, Corning, New York, United States, 1909-1918. 2002.4.8.
Object of the Week: Blood Sugar, Tony Cragg, Wuppertal, Germany, 1992. 2011.3.115. T
his week’s Object of the Week was selected by members of the Museum’s Teen Leadership Council. Tony Cragg is a British sculptor who crafted Blood Sugar. The five pieces of sheet glass, with colorful blown and acid-etched glass objects glued onto both sides, can be arranged in different ways. The form reminded the artist of the glucose molecule’s shape, hence the title. Can you see it? Blood Sugar is featured in our GlassApp Scavenger Hunt.
We ended our GlassBarge tour with a bang this weekend in Watkins Glen! Help us close out our summer celebration of 150 years of glassmaking in the Crystal City with the Harvest Homecoming on September 22. Browse the Glass Farmers Market, welcome home our glassblowers who spent the summer traveling the state aboard GlassBarge, and experience demos, tours and more.
Trenton Quiocho, Erika Tada, and Pavlina Cambalova continue to create parts for their pieces and are beginning to assemble them in The Studio as the second week of their Instructor Collaborative Residency begins. For this piece, kiln-cast flowers are being engraved before being added to blown vessels.
Frederick Carder, noted English glassmaker and first manager of Steuben Glass, was born on this day in 1863. In an 82-year-long career in glassmaking, Carder was known for introducing hundreds of glass colors, including the lustrous Gold Aurene seen here. Explore more locally-made glass in our newly redesigned Crystal City Gallery.
Gold Aurene Basket, Steuben Glass Works, 1908-1913. Gift of Barbara Olsen in memory of Fellow, John K. Olsen. 2002.4.23.