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During their long careers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka made many thousands of models of small animals and plants. They sold these all over the world, including to Harvard University.
This is one of the finest pieces of cut glass in the entire museum! The eggshell-thin colorless glass was covered with a green overlay. After cooling, the green was partly carved away to create the decoration.
Cage cups were made by Roman glasscutters in the fourth century AD. The entire vessel was cut from a thick-walled glass hemisphere. The metal attachments show that the object was a hanging lamp. Imagine the shadows the "cage" would have cast as the lamplight flickered.
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object "Untitled (White)" by American artist Josiah McElhany, who reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Meteor, Flower, Bird" by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, who convey three messages with this sculpture. Meteor, on the left, represents Corning as an international center for the study of glass. The flower, in the middle
This was an ancient Roman form of packaging. It was filled with perfume, then the tail was sealed by heating it in a flame. To extract the perfume, the user broke off the tip of the tail. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the app
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this mechanical glass theater. This miniature theater shows the Wedding at Cana. Look closely and you can see that it is made of shells, rock crystal, fabric, and pieces of glass. Some of the figures are attached to
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass cup was made.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this cameo glass vase. This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.
This miniature theater shows the Wedding at Cana. Look closely and you can see that it is made of shells, rock crystal, fabric, and pieces of glass. Some of the figures are attached to levers that allowed them to be moved. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid