Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Glass is Way More Than Half Full - A Visit to the Corning Museum of Glass

Last week my Mother-in-Law hosted us for a delightful weekend in our old stomping grounds of Rochester, NY. While there, we took a day trip to Corning, NY to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Wow, what an amazing, world-class destination. It's equal parts art, history and science museum, with remarkable glass demonstrations thrown in for good measure.

We truly enjoyed our stroll through the contemporary gallery, with an eclectic set of works on display. My favorite piece was titled Forest Glass. At first glance it appears to be little more than a collection of glassware you'd expect to find at grandma's house. But walk to the end of the gallery, and the piece morphs into something altogether different. The 'forest' becomes visible. It's wickedly clever and a delight to take in.

Had our Corning adventure stopped there, I would have ranked it top notch. However, my Mother-in-Law had a special treat in store for us. She arranged for us to take part in some hands on glass experiences. Shira and Mom created pendants that involved melting glass to create a unique and gorgeous piece of jewelry. After that, all three of us made glass fusing creations, which involved arranging bits of glass on a base that's melted into a masterpiece. Shira made wind chimes, Mom and I made clocks.

The time flew by as I scrambled to make a meaningful creation. Ultimately, I'm happy with the outcome. Though, I'd jump at the chance to try this again, as I've already got ideas as to how I could improve on clock 2.0.

If you're ever in the neighborhood, I'd highly recommend a visit.

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