Sunday, March 15, 2009

Finger Lakes - Corning Museum of Glass

I am a big fan of Corningware. I especially love their range of Corelle plates because they are so light, durable and does not chip easily. So, when a fellow bed and breakfast guest at Ithaca raved about their visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, we decided to make the slight detour south west from Watkins Glen and headed to the town of Corning, home of Corning Inc. and the world famous Corning Museum of Glass

The museum is housed in a futuristic looking building, with lots of glass (naturally) which lets in natural lighting, giving it a sense of spaciousness and airiness.

Once inside, you're greeted by a modern glass artpiece which resembles the Greek mythological figure Medussa's hair of hissing serpents
There is so much to see and do at the Corning Museum that you could easily spend a whole day there. Take a look at their scheduled shows and tours and plan your visit around these. There are many beautiful works of glass that literally takes your breath away, ranging from the classical to the whimsical, dresses to fruits, modern to historical. Take your time to wander around the different rooms and appreciate the versatility of glass art.

You must catch one of the Hot Glass Shows. It is awesome to learn how the glassblowers create beautiful vases and bowls.

And then, if your creative juices are flowing, sign up for one of the glass making classes (it's not just for kids)
Perhaps one of my favourite section of the museum is the Interactive Exhibition where we got to try out cool glass gadgets!

The Corning Museum of Glass is an absolute delight. My only regret is that I couldn't buy a beautiful set of Corelle plates from their gift shop to bring home with me!

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