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