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This glass baseball bat was presented to "Honest" Eddie Murphy of the Philadelphia Athletics, winners of the World Series in 1913. The Athletics had a great team. Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy.
Cascade Wall was designed by George Thompson and made in Corning by Steuben Glass for its New York City showroom. When it was installed in the showroom in 1959, it had a reflecting pool at the bottom. Gift of Steuben Glass, Inc.
The glass slipper was made in Corning, New York to be worn in a movie about Cinderella. The movie was never made, so the slipper was never worn. Gift of Corning Glass Works.
This window, decorated with hollyhocks, trumpet vines and wisteria, came from a mansion overlooking the Hudson River.
Anthem of Joy was created by the Czech designer Věra Liškova. It was made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) over a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Gift of Art Centrum.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Endeavor" by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of his native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the
Between 1880 and 1915, more cut glass was made in Corning, New York, than anywhere else in the country. This punch bowl was made here by local glasscutters.
Whimsies are what modern collectors call pieces that were made by individual glassmakers for fun or for show. Glassmakers would make these after their regular work shifts.
Listen as curators Tina Oldknow and David Whitehouse describe "Fern Green Tower" by American artist Dale Chihuly. Northwest native Dale Chihuly calls glass ' the most magical of materials.' He is probably the best-known artist working in blown glass today, and his sculptures and
The pieces in Gianni Toso's Chess Set, made in about 1981, are in the form of Jewish and Roman Catholic worshippers. The kings are a rabbi and a bishop. The tiny details of the figures were made by softening glass in a flame and molding it into the desired shapes.