Give the gift of glass this holiday season by registering for one of our intensive glassmaking classes this winter at The Studio. We still have spaces available in many classes, including a new class from Dr. Jane Cook, the Museum’s chief scientist, and Dr. Karlyn Sutherland, one of our 2017 artists-in-residence. A two-week intensive class taking place February 4-15, “Reflecting on Kiln-formed Glass,” will cover using and modifying mirroring kits for kiln-formed glass, exploring kiln-fusing metals to glass, creating mirror and iridized coatings, and a layperson’s introduction to glass science and history.
Acclaimed American artist Larry Bell has used glass as the primary material for his minimalist sculptures for nearly 60 years. For most of his career, Bell was especially interested in the precise and beguiling ways in which the surface of glass reflects light. In the last few years, however, he has extended his interest to the way mass and diffuse color operate alongside surface to shift viewers’ perceptions of an interior form. In VFZ 1, recently added to the Museum’s collection, large-scale sheets of glass are laminated around colored cores of PET film and plastic interlay to create two monumental nested forms. Combined in this way, the two forms create a suggestive, subtly modulated interior space. See VFZ 1 on display in the Museum’s Contemporary Art + Design Wing Special Projects Gallery now through January 5, 2020!
VFZ 1, Larry Bell, Venice and Van Nuys, California, United States, 2017. Purchased in part with special funds provided by Corning Incorporated in honor of the opening of the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, March 2015. 2018.4.13.
Members of the Wiener Werkstätte often collaborated on products and architectural projects. Werkstätte designers and artisans, for example, frequently applied decorative surface treatments to iconic glass forms designed by the workshop. This vase is an example of such collaboration: Josef Hoffmann designed the vase’s form, and Hilda Jesser designed the decoration. Explore more glass from the Wiener Werkstätte in “Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937,” a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, on view at CMoG only through January 6!
Footed Bowl, about 1920. Designed by Hilda Jesser (Austrian, 1894–1985); glass form designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956); manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte. Mold-blown, etched, cut, and iridized glass. H. 13.1 cm, Diam. 12.6 cm. MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (GL 3303). © Kristina Satori/ MAK.
Object of the Week: Balloon I, Franz Xaver Holler, Zwiesel, Germany, 1994. 99.3.97.
The fine engraved lines on this impossibly-thin sculpture almost resemble frost on a sheet of ice. “Balloon I” is made from a large bubble that has been blown out almost to the point of collapse. After cooling, Höller carefully cut away the top section and covered the walls of the sphere with engraving inspired by natural patterns found in the winter landscape.
Parked at The Corning Museum of Glass, this concept car shows how glass can shape the design and function of automobiles, inside and out. The car, made by Corning Incorporated, includes Gorilla® Glass, the company’s chemically tempered glass used in many smartphones. See this car on display on the Museum’s West Bridge now through December 8, 2019!
This fall at The Studio, we’ve hosted students of all experience levels for one-day, weekend, and ten-week classes exploring glassmaking techniques. Want to learn how to make glass or learn a new technique? Check out our offerings for classes at The Studio this winter.
Guest artist Sigga Heimis’ larger-than-life glass organs are out of the annealer! Sigga will be using these organs in an upcoming installation with light and sound effects to bring these organs to life.
Sigga Heimis and the Hot Glass Team put their heads together today to create a large brain out of glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Don’t miss guest artist Sigga Heimis at the Museum tomorrow 10 am to 12 pm and 1 to 4 pm!
Object of the Week: Boxed Set of Christmas Ornaments, Corning Glass Works, Corning, New York, United States, 1950-1959. Gift of Jane E. Preston. 2009.4.79.
Corning, New York is famous for glass innovation at the intersection of art, science, and industry. The same ribbon machine Corning Glass Works invented to create hundreds of light bulbs a minute was fitted with different molds used to make lustrous Christmas ornaments. Will you be using any Corning Glass Works ornaments in your decorations this season?
Designer Sigga Heimis will be demonstrating in the Amphitheater Hot Shop December 5 and December 6 10 am to 12 pm and 1 to 4 pm. She’ll be creating large-scale human organs, a series she began working on with our Hot Glass Team as part of our GlassLab program.