Corning Museum of Glass

On the way to Niagara Falls from Washington D.C., we passed by Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. I initially thought it’d be a waste of time to stop there (I just want to get to Niagara Falls already!!) but quickly changed my mind once I actually arrived. To my surprise, this glass museum was really nice.

The contemporary gallery kind of blew me away. I ended up loving practically all the art in there – you’ll soon see why.

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Endeavor – Lino Tagliapietra

As a lover of color, the work above obviously spoke to me. It was also partly created in Murano, Italy – no surprise there! I learned that murano glass is highly prized for its craftsmanship and quality when I visited Venice this summer.

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Evening Dress With Shawl – Karen LaMonte

The “ghostly” quality of this dress made it look super cool, especially with that suspended shawl.

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Speaking of ghostly, there were also these “floating” knives…

When you look at the following, what do you see?

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Forest Glass – Katherine Gray

A glass forest, of course! It was interesting based on the saying that some become so mired in details that they cannot see the forest for the trees. When you look at it up close, you can find small details such as birds, leaves, and mushrooms among the drinking glasses. But I won’t ruin that for you – go see it for yourself!

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Blood Sugar – Tony Cragg

Based on the concept that even complex things are made up of basic elements, these groupings of familiar objects further appealed to my color-loving self.

Finally, my favorite piece in the Contemporary Gallery:

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I loved the black on red and the intricate details that were even more pronounced in the shattered glass spread on the ground. This work was so awesome and reminded me of gothic styles and creepy stories in the most fascinating way (think The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe). The worst part was how I forgot to take note of its name and artist. So if anybody knows…please share!

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Afterward checking out the gallery, we got to see a glass-blowing demonstration. It’s kind of amusing for me to reflect that in this past year, I’ve seen 3 glass-blowing demos where before that, it was zero (read about the other two times here and here).

Glass Blowing Demonstration Corning

Glass-blowing never loses its “ooh” factor though! This furnace had an internal camera (which is impressive in and of itself) that showed us how the glass expanded in the heat. So cool!

On the way out, we passed through another exhibit where I took pics of pieces that caught my eye:

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Corning Museum of Glass

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I really, really liked this one. Cityscapes are my jam, and it looks even cooler when carved into the rim of a bowl!
I could swear that Missouri Botanical Gardens has a piece that looks just like this in its atrium (but blue)!

Oh and before you leave…don’t forget to smell the roses- er -glass daffodils!

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Have you been to Corning Museum of Glass, or any other glass museum? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

  • I can’t even imagine how these artists are able to create such intricate and beautiful pieces of art. That cityscape is absolutely amazing!

  • ok these are really good! love tony cragg

    • Wow I’ve never heard of him. I just looked up his stuff; he makes very interesting-shaped sculptures.

  • That looks so gorgeous…I just love all the shapes and colors! So bright!