Like many glassmakers, Frederick Carder wrote his glass recipes down in batch books. Greg Merkel, a local scientist, was able to match those recipes to specific pieces of glass in the Museum’s collection, including this celadon vase. He used XRF scans to identify the chemical makeup of the glass. Make your own discoveries at the Rakow Library in “Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library” and share them with us using #RakowInspired.
Vase, Frederick Carder, Corning, New York, 1920-1929. Gift of Steuben Glass. 75.4.440.
All of the photos in this series were taken at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. They are currently offering an exhibit of works in glass by Rene Lalique, with selections from the Corning Museum of Glass and the Chrysler collections.
Lalique: Enchanted by Glass runs through January 2018.
Wishing a very happy birthday to Emperor Augustus, who was born on this day, September 23, in 63 BCE. Pictured above is an early 19th century glass cameo portrait of the emperor, though it is likely a copy of an ancient gem. The image has been edited slightly by me, and the original can be found on the Corning Museum of Glass website.