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Biography: Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson
Katherine Larson
Curator of Ancient Glass

Katherine (Kate) Larson assumed responsibility for the ancient glass collection in July 2017, after joining the Corning Museum of Glass as curatorial assistant in 2016. She is responsible for the historical glass collection from its origins until 1250 CE. Larson also serves as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Glass Studies.

Larson is interested in ancient glass technologies and how people thought about and interacted with the material we call “glass.” She is active in archaeological fieldwork and has worked on sites in Israel, Greece, and Turkey. Larson is the author of Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass, presenting more than 50 objects from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Larson holds a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Macalester College. Previously, she held positions at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the Science Museum of Minnesota and interned at the Archaeological Museum of Corinth in Greece.

Blog Posts by this Author

This recurring blog series will feature virtual gallery walks with staff members from The Corning Museum of Glass. Everyone at our Museum interacts with the collection in different ways depending on the job they do and the perspective they bring. Hear from fascinating people and learn about... more
Have you heard that ancient people didn’t see the color blue, because there is no word for ‘blue’ in many ancient languages? This idea shows up occasionally in popular media, although scholars have demonstrated repeatedly that the Greeks and other ancient people certainly recognized and saw the... more
The case known as the “Primary Case” in the Origins of Glassmaking area is one of the first things visitors see when they enter the 35 Centuries of Glass Galleries. We know from visitor tracking studies and anecdotal observation that most guests and tour groups stop and look at this case. It serves... more