Friday, March 28, 2014

Looking at Glass



I took an artist date field trip this week to the Corning Museum of Glass. I haven't been there in years, I needed a short escape from town, and with the resident discount, it was a great destination choice. As I wandered the halls, I was amazed at every turn. 

Looking At Glass Through The Ages (Hardcover) ~ Bruce Koscielnia... Cover ArtAnother artist date this week was to the library, where I happened upon a book about glass- Looking at Glass Through the Ages by Bruce Koscielniak. I gave it a read, and was surprised that CMOG doesn't sell this in their bookshop! It is an excellent, albeit, brief, rundown of the history of glass. 

The book says that earliest known glass makers were from Egypt or Mesopotamia in about 2500 BC. A visit to CMOG confirms this with it's extensive collection of ancient glass pieces. 

Looking at Glass then goes on through the centuries of glassmaking to describe new inventions and how glass added to and was a part of society. It is all accompanied by simple but bright watercolor paintings. From blown glass, to the advent of clear glass, to lenses, to stained glass, to mirrors, to modern glass art, each topic is described in short, but clear, words and images. 

All these types of glass are found throughout CMOG. There were endless rooms of glass to photograph- here are a few pieces I saw...

 Tiffany...

Amenhotep...

 Frederick the Great...

Wright...

Simpson...

Both the book, and the trip to the museum reminded me that art comes in all shapes and sizes, and that whatever art you make, keep on making it. It enriches the lives of those around you. And who knows, 4,500 years from now some archaeologically-inclined human might find a piece of your work and deem it the greatest representation of our time. 

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