Oh man, when I saw this week’s travel theme on Where’s my backpack? today my mind started running with ideas! Especially after reading Ailsa’s post about visiting the Tacoma Museum of Glass, which brought me to mind of my visits to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning NY, a quick (relatively) 2 hour drive from Syracuse. It’s a really awesome museum that showcases all types of decorative glasswork and also has exhibits on the scientific and industrial uses of glass (which are more interesting and varied than you may think!) They also have many demonstrations on glassmaking which I found fascinating. There are a few methods to make decorative glass but to my mind glassblowing is the most interesting. Using your breath and molten glass to create glassware – it is a sexy skill! All you have to do is put your lips together… and blow.
In any case, here are my photos of glassy beauty!
At the Corning Museum of Glass you can sign up to make your own glassware! They have different types of classes for all skill levels and using different techniques. Here’s my own vitreous masterpiece. I love the swirls and the colors are very soothing 🙂
Stained glass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I can’t remember what pose this statue was making… but to me it always looks like someone chopping wood. I’m sure it’s something a bit more religious and uplifting in real life though.