Corning to host glass convention

Corning, a city with a rich history of cut glass production, will host the annual convention of the American Cut Glass Association on July 19 to 22.

The event, headquartered at the Radisson Hotel Corning, is co-sponsored by the Eastern Finger Lakes Chapter of the association and the Corning Museum of Glass.A major feature of the gathering, a sale featuring 12 of the nation's premier cut glass dealers, will be held at the museum.Lectures and meals will be at the Radisson.

The American Cut Glass Association is a 28-year-old organization that was formed to promote the appreciation of and education about American cut glass, which reached its height of popularity late in the 19th century during the Victorian era.

The convention theme, "From the Palaces to the Prairies," will be carried out with two major exhibitions at the Corning Museum of Glass. The first, "Glass of the Maharajahs," features major cut glass pieces made for wealthy Indian families. The second, "Splitting the Rainbow," features outstanding examples of colored and cased cut glass made in the U.S. and Europe.

Jane Shadel Spillman, the museum's curator of American glass, organized the exhibits.

The convention also will feature lectures by and conversations with a distinguished cast of researchers including Spillman; Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, curator of European glass at the Corning Museum of Glass; Louise Luther, of PBS's "Antiques Roadshow"; Thomas Dimitroff, author, historian and Carder Steuben glass expert; Max Erlacher, master Steuben glass engraver; Stephen Koob, conservator at the Corning Museum of Glass; and Nick Williams, photographer at the Corning Museum of Glass.

There also will be workshops on glass cutting and an opportunity for participants to cut glass. A master silversmith will discuss the restoration of silver-mounted cut glass.

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