Header image by Natalie Rapoport. Antoni Gaudi. Sagrada Familia. Barcelona.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Travel through the Glass. Part 2.

The historical collection in Corning Museum of Glass is unrivalled.
From all over the world through centuries. From very first found glass forms  up until now.
From ancient Egypt, Rome, Middle East, Mediterranean, Venetian, masteries from 18-19 century Russia, Spain and England, fantastic Art Nouveau from France and Belgium and no less beautiful Art Deco pieces by Tiffany .

Goblets, vases, lamps, petit objects, tableware, plates, perfume bottles, jewelry boxes, chandeliers, ship models, interior décor, figurines, beads and necklaces, screens and myriad of tiny beautiful things which you simply can’t even know what they were for.
Luxurious crystal with cut ornaments, milk glass and mosaic glass, pastels and brights. Plasticity of this amazing material is incredible in artistic and talented hands of unknown and famous Masters.
How could those unknown artists of long gone past achieve  and create all this beauty without all those sophisticated tools and possibilities starting with the highest temperature ovens, kilns, etc., without all that technological knowledge available  in modern times? And they created amazing treasures, melting their hearts and souls into these beauties.
Quite often the lost secrets had to be reinvented. CmoG supports innovations and aspiring talents.
It’s breathtaking to watch how a ball of fire turns into a beautiful object right in front of you.

 These tiny vessels for eye liner paint belonged to some fashionista in Egypt 500-300 BC.  
Girls always wanted to look pretty.
What todays glass artisans can do is pure magic. But it’s certainly a miracle that these highly fragile treasures survived against all odds through the centuries. There’s so much to see and admire.

Thank you for stopping by.

*All images copyright Natalie Rapoport


  1. Oh, the first and fourteenth images make me want to swoon. I have a definite affinity for old etched glass of the sort we see in America in the 18th and early 19th centuries (if I have my periods more or less right).

    Exquisite. (Have never been to the see the Corning collection you reference. Must be amazing.)

    Delicious and gorgeous stuff. Thank you for this pleasurable viewing experience.

    1. You are very welcome. Right, collection is amazing and this is just a very few highlights. Now they have an entire room to showcase etched glass collection, shelves densely packed, fantastic but impossible to snap a photo without special equipment.

  2. These are sooooooo gorgeous!
    Love them all!The glasses are really amazing!

  3. Natalie, whoa! Another gorgeous post! I can't wait to see the other--I am behind because Sis is here so my apologies if I am not responding as much as usual. Wow, I just can't get the idea of the Egyptian pendants out of my head!


    1. Oh Heather, don't you worry, you'll catch up with blogs later, no rush. The most important is to enjoy your sis company to the fullest.
      I'm so happy you've found a moment to stop by.

  4. Beautiful glassware and fabulous images, Natalie...I love the vessels for eyeliner, very pretty.
    Just to let you know I've changed my blog address it's now
    pop by soon...always lovely to hear from you.


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