My Touch of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass / S.A. Leys Photo

A few days ago, my friend Regina and I decided to take a “Nerdcation” to the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. It was two days of a really great time which took me back to those days when my parents used to put my brother and I in our car and drive to all of these great places: Expo 67 in Montreal, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, United Nations and the Guggenheim museum in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Aquarium in Boston. We went all over the place, always had a great time and learned a lot.

Corning Museum of Glass / S.A. Leys Photo

I miss those days and have had the Corning Museum of Glass on my “places I really want to visit” bucket list. So I called Regina who agreed to come along on my nerdcation adventure. We purchased admission tickets, signed up for a few workshops as well as an exhibition and off to New York we went.

My assumption was that we were going to see a lot of glass right? I think I just didn’t get how extensive the entire museum was going to be along with, not only the texture of the glass and the abundance of art and sculptures we saw; it also was the design and display (lighting, placement) of all of the art we saw.

The workshops were also great – we went to the workshop where we could make our own glass necklace and the instructor walked us through everything that was occurring to the temperature and flexibility of the glass as we held it in our hands.

Corning Museum of Glass / S.A.Leys Photo

One of my favorite works of art was the one pictured above – it’s a chandelier which is made out of solar panels which are sculpted into butterflies. The lamp is fully powered by the butterflies.

Overall it was a phenomenal trip and somehow we made it through the entire museum in about a day. If you’re thinking of going, I would highly recommend signing up for a workshop or two while you are there – you will not be disappointed.