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Corning Museum of Glass ~ Czech glass art & more June 8th, 2011

So, last June for our 2nd anniversary Jamie and I went on a road trip to upstate New York, specifically to Ithaca & Corning. The Finger Lakes & its waterfalls were of course beautiful for hiking, but the highlight of the trip was Corning’s Museum of Glass. I highly recommend a visit to this museum. Who would have known I would turn out to be a fan of glass art? Not I. The work from Czech artists in the 1980s was particularly striking. The sculptures processed an otherworldly quality that I couldn’t help being drawn too. They had a elegant simplicity and dare I say, an eeriness. They would perfectly compliment Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Below I’ve included some photographs of the artwork. I tried to give credit to the artists when possible. If you know the creator of a piece unlisted please let me know.

The Pyramid, 1989 – Marian Karel (Czech, b. 1944)  - molt-melted glass, cut, ground

The Little Circus, 1988 – Dana Zámečníková (Czech, b. 1945) – plate glass, cut, painted, acid-etched, scratched, engraved, assembled.

The Pyramid piece above had to be one of our favourites – I think it was staring into my soul. Another high contender, was Zámečníková’s art. Who knew you could actually draw images within glass? Since the drawings were placed within a glass rectangle at different levels, the piece processed so much depth. Reminded me of a Miro painting. Just beautiful.

We stayed at an amazing bed and breakfast, Hillcrest Manor run by the very friendly and knowledgeable couple, Kyle & Dick. This neoclassic mansion was complete with gilded mirrors, antiques & a fantastic art collection. Of course a manor is not complete without multiple stuffed peacocks. George Abbott, a partner in the Hoare Glass Cutting Company of Corning, New York built the mansion in 1890. Kyle & Dick made us feel very welcome & had such a knowledge of the history of the area & its art. I have to say, we felt very fancy staying there. It was such a treat.

Emergence Four-Stage (above, pink piece) – Dominick Labino, 1975 (United States) – colorless, pink transparent glass; hot-worked, internal air trap & veiling

Tree of LifeFrank Lloyd Wright, 1904 (United States, b. 1867) – stained glass window

The Corning Museum of glass is actually quite massive and includes historical glass (some pieces 3500 years old) to contemporary work. Also featured are glass blowing demonstrations and even an ornate Jesus-themed diorama made with glass and shells! What is going on here? I have no clue but I can’t take my eyes away from it.

And to finish the journey with some retro bottles with awesome label type design! I could go for a nice cold Roundup right now.

2 Responses to Corning Museum of Glass ~ Czech glass art & more

  1. cv says:

    be careful of admitting you like “glass art” in public, you open yourself up to many years of terrifying gift-giving. looks like a fantabulous place to visit though, and certainly very romantic :)

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