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I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Corning Museum of Glass, July 23-24

We left Lockport early Friday morning (July 22) and headed for Montour Falls Moose Lodge,  near Watkins Glen, New York. Joel had spent most of Thursday trying to repair the motosat satellite dish and recouping from the previous days adventures.  Some our group went back over to Niagara on Thursday, but it was just too hot to be walking around asphalt.

Montour Falls is a quaint little town, just a few miles from Watkins Glen State Park which is the home of Watkins Glen Gorge and 17 waterfalls.  The Corning Museum of Glass is about twenty miles south in the little village/town of Corning.  Saturday and part of Sunday, we went to the Corning Museum of Glass. The purchase price of ticket includes two days and for a small  additional fee you can upgrade the  ticket to include the Rockwell Museum of Art also housed in Corning. They are both owned by Corning.

The architecture of the museum itself is very interesting.  The museum used to be an old factory and was renovated to house the extensive collection of glass.

The museum traces 35 centuries of glass art, history and technology. There are several galleries  ranging from contemporary to cross cultural.

This is a classic representation of Chihuly.
 These bowls are made from thin strings of glass fibers.

 The picture doesn't do this sculpture justice.  The lights reflecting in the square shapes were really pretty and mesmerizing.
 This is a cut glass replica of the Liberty Bell.  It weights over 30 pounds so it must have been really hard to cut on a lath.
 Another example of modern glass and old stuff used in an unusual manner.
 This is a Peony, and suppose to be a good luck flower.
 This is a cube that was made out of recycled LED glass, the kind that is used in TVs.
 This was a giant mobile which seems to float.
 Can you see the tree?  This artist used premade glassware from various sources  arranged in a tree. There were three trees, but I thought this one was the best.
 This is a glass pressing machine used to make pressed glass.  Pressed glass looks similar to cut glass but pressed glass does not have lead in it like cut glass and the edges are not as sharp and defined as cut glass.  It was common in the late 1800's to early mid 1900's.

This was an exhibit of Carder who worked for Corning designing glassware and other items.  What made this exhibit interesting was all the colors Carder developed and the explanation of what was used to make the colors in the glass.
 Yes, it was an all day excursion and Joel was pretty patient, but he just had to take a break.
 These are glass blinds.  Corning's original start was making glass blinds.  They didn't go over very well so he went on to other projects.

This was one of the exhibits of safety glass.  The windshield on top shows what happens when two guns shots were shot into the windshield.  The bullets did not go through the glass, but the glass sort of absorbs the impact but doesn't shatter.   The second windshield shows safety glass which is laminated to tape which keeps the glass from shattering into sharp shards.   The bottom windshield is from an old car with regular glass.  The demonstration I attended showed how the bullet proof glass would shatter into little piece if hit just the right way, but not break into big pieces.  It all has to do with how the glass is tempered.

This was a demonstration of mirrors and reflections.  It was hard to get a photograph of what was going on.  As you walked toward the glass, it felt like you were walking through several invisible partitions, which is why Joel is reaching out to try and touch the partition. Weird!

We've all heard of corning ware, the white pots you cook in.  Corning ware was as a result of a mistake in over firing glass bowls.  When fired long enough and hot enough, the bowl didn't melt but turned white and became tough enough to with standing baking and cooking.  The bowls below represent the different strengths of the bowls. The glass colored ones (not as tough but similar to Pyrex ) on the bottom  to the white colored ones on top which are Corning Ware.

The hot glass demonstration was one of the better demonstrations on glass blowing I've seen.  A narrator walked you through the whole process, explaining the different names of the different tools and exactly what the artist was doing.  It was very professional and informative.  Glass making has always fascinated me and I never get tired of watching.

The optical fiber demonstration was also very interesting and is the museum newest exhibit. Did you know optical fiber is as thin as a strand of hair and can transmit over a half a million pieces of data at one time? There was a large circle at least five feet in diameter that enclosed solid copper wiring/cable (my photo did not turn out) and one small strand of optical fiber replaces all of the copper wiring in the five foot diameter.  Amazing.

After the demonstrations  we took the shuttle  over to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. The exhibit was nice and the Andy Warhol section on Cowboys and Indians was especially interesting. No, it is not the same Rockwell as Norman Rockwell.

We walked the town of Corning, which has lots of interesting little studios and shops.  A nice place to visit, but it is obvious that Corning is what keeps this town of Corning alive.  Its been really hot so we were happy to get back to the campground and use the AC even though it was the power was a little sporadic.

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