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Biography: Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson
Katherine Larson
Curator of Ancient Glass

Katherine (Kate) Larson assumed responsibility for the ancient and Islamic glass collection in July 2017, after joining the Corning Museum of Glass as curatorial assistant in 2016. At Corning, she has worked on the exhibitions Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library, Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope, and The Studio at 20. 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.

A specialist in ancient glass, Larson’s research focuses on glass technologies and workshops and changing practices of glass consumption over time. She is active in archaeological fieldwork and has worked on sites in Israel, Greece, and Turkey. Larson is currently working on a new volume for the Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass series focusing on the ancient and Islamic collection.

Larson holds a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Master’s degree in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a BA in Classical Archaeology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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