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cmog·3 days agoPhoto

We’re excited to welcome our first artists-in-residence of 2020 at The Studio!

Jiyong Lee will explore the creation of new forms for his current Segmentation series. Using hot and cold working techniques he intends to further his exploration of organic shapes that are inspired by microscopic lives. 

Raghvi Bhatia intends to generate large scale art installations that create a meditative space using the material of glass seed beads. Through this process she will explore the historic connection between glass and religion in a manner that differs from the dominant Eurocentric view of this theme. 

Stay tuned for updates from both of their residencies!

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Object of the Week: Amphoriskos (Cosmetic Bottle), Egypt, probably 1400-1300 B.C. 50.1.1. 

Bottles like this were the earliest glass vessels. They were made by building up glass on a solid core—composed of mud, dung, and straw—that was shaped like the interior of the vessel. You can currently see this bottle on view at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York City until May!

Learn more about this vessel in “Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from The Corning Museum of Glass,” now available at The Shops of The Corning Museum of Glass. 

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Guest Artist Janusz Poźniak worked with the Hot Glass Demo Team to pull cane for upcoming work this week in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Don’t miss Janusz and the team at work through February 21, 10 am to 4 pm, with a break for lunch. Janusz will also be our special guest artist for 2300°: Fire and Ice on February 20 from 6 to 8 pm!

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We finished our winter intensive glassmaking classes this week at The Studio with some exciting and innovative instructors! Fred Kahl’s class created graphite molds for hot glass casting while Jordana Korsen’s students learned to “blow with the flow” in her unique class combining glassmaking with daily yoga sessions. See other highlights from this week’s classes on our Instagram Stories!

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We’re celebrating love this Valentine’s Day. The inscription on this goblet reads: ““Mein Herz, dein Herz, / mein alles Blut und Leben, / das stehet dir zu Dienst, ich kan dir nichts meh / rers geben” (My heart, your heart, all my blood and life, I surrender to your service because I cannot give you more). It also depicts two winged figures giving each other their hearts. 

Engagement or Marriage Goblet, Josephinenhutte, possibly Lower Silesia, Szklarska Poreba (Schreiberhau), possibly Northern Bohemia, about 1800-1899. 2009.3.80.

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In 1893, Louis C. Tiffany and Arthur Nash founded a glass factory in Corona, Queens, New York. There, Nash and Dr. Parker C. McIlhiney, both talented glass chemists, experimented with glass recipes. They succeeded in meeting Tiffany’s challenge to replicate the iridescent surface of ancient glass.  Tiffany was inspired by ancient glass and collected it with enthusiasm; this small bowl was once in his personal collection. See these objects and more in our refreshed “Tiffany Studios” gallery

Small Bowl, probably Egypt,800–999. 59.1.512; Favrile “Cypriote” Vase, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Stourbridge Glass Company or Tiffany Furnaces (glass), Corona, New York, United States, about 1900–1915. L.2019.4.2001, Lent by the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, bequest of Frank and Mary Elizabeth Reifschlager.

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We were delighted to host Beth Lipman, the 2020 Specialty Glass Resident, over the past couple of days during her orientation for the residency. Beth met with many scientists at Corning Incorporated and is thinking about what she’d like to achieve with this residency. Beth is excited to begin her residency and to be challenged by what she experiences. “The material constantly reminds you that you’re fallible, human, and limited. Within those descriptions, there’s a lot of room for freedom and discovery,” says Beth. Stay tuned over the coming months as Beth starts to explore her residency.

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Object of the Week: F. C. S. A. Tumbler, John Frederick Amelung (maker), possibly New Bremen Glass Manufactory, possibly Grunenplan, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany or Frederick, Maryland, United States, 1780-1795. Gift of the L. T. Murray Family in Honor of Lowell Anne Butson. 2006.4.175. 

John Frederick Amelung, a German glassmaker, founded the first American glasshouse set up after the Revolutionary War in 1784 in Frederick, Maryland. This tumbler was made in honor of his daughter, Frederica Christina Sophie Amelung, and it is enameled and gilded with her initials.

Image description: A colorless glass tumbler with a gilded rim. The gilded initials F. C. S. A are on blue enamel.

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Guest Artist Misha Kahn and the Hot Glass Demo Team continued fabricating pieces for Misha’s upcoming solo exhibition today. The smaller plaques the team made throughout the week are scrubbed clean of ceramic fiber and are loaded into a car to transport back to NYC. Once they’re back in Misha’s studio, he’ll be fitting them back into the aluminum structures. We can’t wait to see the finished works on view at Friedman Benda on February 27!

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Many artisans at Tiffany Studios worked together to create this lamp, designed by Clara Driscoll. The blown glass body was produced by talented glassmakers, and a glass selector masterfully chose and cut sections of glass to make the leaded glass shade.  

Rippled glass was selected for water along the rim, iridescent glass for the dragonfly’s wings, and pressed glass “jewels” for the dragonfly’s eyes. Learn more in our refreshed “Tiffany Studios” gallery. 

“Dragonflies and Water Flowers” Reading Lamp, Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll (designer), Louis C. Tiffany (maker) Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (studio), Stourbridge Glass Company (glass), Corona, NY, US,1899. 2013.4.4.

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