The Corning Museum of Glass Junior Curators are inquisitive middle school and high school students who meet once a week in the spring to learn about glass and the inner workings of the Museum.
Knowing that their objective was to curate a show using objects from The Studio's collection, the Junior Curators began in March to learn about glass and how a museum functions. They toured the Museum, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library; studied glassworking techniques; and made their own glass flowers and beads at The Studio. They also ventured behind the scenes and learned the responsibilities of museum specialists, including the conservator, registrar, librarian and curatorial research assistant. One of their most rewarding experiences was a question-and-answer session with the Museum's curators.
The Junior Curators repeatedly examined the glass in The Studio and considered important questions: What objects appeal to me and why? How was each object made? What relationships exist between the objects? How can we help our audience engage with the objects?
After looking closely at the collection, the Junior Curators noted there were numerous drinking vessels. The group then decided to promote particular focus to this form by featuring artful goblets and vessels. The objects are grouped into four areas: colorless pieces, objects featuring flora and fauna, those highlighting the human figure, and miscellaneous vessels. Even the few non-vessels on display strenghthen the other objects' appeal: The oversized cheeseburger and curly fries easily complement their fast food-inspired neighbors, and the tree's anthropomorphic branches climb high to connect with their vegetal and human form counterparts.