Want To See Some Glass

Canada
January 14, 2017 7:09am CST
My mother was born in Maryland but grew up in Elmira/Chemung New York. Her dad was a farmer. She went to Normal School (A normal school is a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers. Most such schools are now denominated "teachers' colleges") the quote from Wikipedia. Mom spent her life raising a family and teaching. Often as I grew up when we visited family on the farm we would take a day trip to Corning, NY. Corning is very near the farm and we loved visiting Corning Glass Museum. The photo above is just one of hundreds of photos I took the last time I was there - a couple of years ago with my sister. You can spend a whole day there and yes they have a cafeteria/restaurant. When I was a child it was pretty small from my memory but today it is huge, And so very interesting. You can see glass being blown by artists, and the museum has glass on display from the first in history to today. They also sell glass in there shop bot decorative and practical. Remember "CorningWare" in your kitchen? I still have some in my kitchen... So if you get to the south central part of New York, on the Pennsylvania border, spend some time at the Corning Museum. You will be awed by what you see. Have you been there?
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@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
14 Jan 17
We're not too far from there, and hour or so. We have talked about going to check it out, but haven't yet. That piece looks amazing. I wonder if my kids would enjoy it.
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• Canada
14 Jan 17
Yes they will enjoy it, I liked it as a child, the glass blowing is amazing, they will love that part for sure. The rest of the museum is beautiful, so much to see and the history is there too.
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• United States
14 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate my kids are hard to impress.. maybe we will try it sometime and see what they think
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@shaggin (38507)
• United States
10 Mar 17
My parents took me there when I was young and I loved it. I was fascinated. I will wait until my son is a little older then I think I will take my kids.
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@Morleyhunt (21409)
• Canada
14 Jan 17
The last time I was at the Corning Glass Center (the name may have changed) was back in 1968. I think I'm getting old.
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• Canada
15 Jan 17
My mother took us to it in the olden day, My sister and I made the trip to it because we were camping in the area ( she had a school meeting she had to be in and I toured while she was busy). We planned a couple of big days in the finger lakes area Corning was one. We camped at Buttermilk Falls and spend another day at Watkins Glen - both are must sees...so beautiful in that area.
@Morleyhunt (21409)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate Buttermilf Falls is the first time I ever camped. The night was the same day we visited the Corning Glas Center. We have some interesting memories of camping at Ithaca. Robert H. Tremond (sp) during a torrential downpour, that had us trapped in the park.
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
@Morleyhunt A bit of excitement makes camping interesting. It was a horrible hot and dry summer the year we did it. Since we met there to camp we each had a car. We drove to the top of Buttermilk Falls and hiked down to the bottom where our second car was... As we hiked down we saw many very tired and sweaty people climbling. The pool at the bottom of the falls was green with slime and we were told to go to another park nearby and swim in thier pools made from natural springs, cold and beautiful! I just looked it up and it was Robert H. Treman State Park....I love NY because if you stay at one you get into all of them for free.
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@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
17 Jan 17
Oh, I would love to visit this place! I love glass works. I am going to put it on my vacation list.
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• Canada
18 Jan 17
Its worth the trip!
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@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
23 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate I am crazy over glass works. I love to look at pictures of them. It is on the list.
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• Canada
24 Jan 17
@Shellyann36 If you get there you will never forget it.
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@rebelann (43055)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jan 17
I have corning too, some of it is really old. This is the first time I've ever heard of Normal School. How kool.
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
I had to look it up but I always remember my mother talking about normal school and even on her degree I think it said normal school....that was a long time ago.
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@rebelann (43055)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Jan 17
It sounds like one of those womens colleges they had way back before the 1930s @PainsOnSlate
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
@rebelann I just looked it up and in the 1940's, the changed the name to College or University...
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@Corbin5 (119431)
• United States
14 Jan 17
That is an amazing piece of glass!! I do remember Mom having CorningWare. My grandmother and great-grandmother went to a normal school too.
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
Cool, I've never known anyone else who went to Normal School. Maybe because not many women went to college that far back. I just looked it up. Normal school started in 1685 and in the 1940's they changed the name to college and University...I'm glad you commented here, it made me look that up and I'm happy to know that....
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@Corbin5 (119431)
• United States
17 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate Yes, I do have my great grandmother's notes she took in 1886 for her classes at Illinois State Normal University. My grandmother went to Eastern Illinois State Normal School, and my dad, sister, husband, and I went to the university when it became Eastern Illinois University. Fun to learn about the history of family members, for sure. My great grandparents started the Haddock School in Diona, IL in the 1800s.
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@Corbin5 (119431)
• United States
17 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate Oh wow!! You really got some fantastic information. I should try that with my mom's social security number. I love doing the online research too.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
15 Jan 17
We have a beautiful glass museum not far from here, it's in Italy in Murano, near Venice. All the chandeliers in the house of my mother are made in Murano glass, they are beautiful, I do not dare to touch them.
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
I love the old and beautiful chandeliers. the only place I get to see them are in museums. I'll bet they are gorgeous.
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
16 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate They are beautiful, but a real pain to clean.
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@just4him (128539)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jan 17
It looks fascinating.
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• Canada
15 Jan 17
It is a wonderful place to spend a day...
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@just4him (128539)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate I'm sure it is.
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@DianneN (87780)
• United States
14 Jan 17
That is gorgeous! I have some old boring Corning in the back of a kitchen cabinet. Your photo rivals my Murano that I bought in Italy. I've seen glass blowing there and in Waterford, Ireland. It's a skill like no other.
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
I imagine Waterford would we an amazing place to see too.
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@DianneN (87780)
• United States
17 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate We really enjoyed it, but wow, the expense! We buy it cheaper here in the states.
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@Juliaacv (34160)
• Canada
14 Jan 17
That is really an intriguing piece here, I'd call it art myself. I've got several pieces of corningware in my kitching also, none of it looks as beautiful, in fact I have a Royal Dalton casserole dish which pales in comparison. There used to be a glass factory in our region, they made Libby St Clair Glass.
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
I wasn't aware of a glass company in our area, I just looked up Ontario Museums but it looks like it will take a while to see what museums are in Ontario. I know in my area there are many but most are historic buildings and art. Even Grimsby has a Museum and so does Jordan. I've been to the local ones but it might be time to visit Toronto again..
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@Juliaacv (34160)
• Canada
17 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate They pulled out of Wallaceburg about 15 or 20 years ago, but that town is known as the Glass Town.
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@Happy2BeMe (75384)
• Canada
14 Jan 17
That would be very interesting to see
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
It is and its huge, if you ever get the chance plan on staying for the day.
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@Happy2BeMe (75384)
• Canada
16 Jan 17
@PainsOnSlate Thanks I will remember that
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@vandana7 (68535)
• India
29 Jul 17
I have never been there, but that certainly is a strikingly beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing. :)
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• Canada
31 Jul 17
I'm glad you like it, the Museum is fantastic so if you ever get to NY...
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@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Feb 17
We have not seen many of these pieces lately! It is really interesting, isn't it?
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• Canada
5 Feb 17
The whole museum was awesome, the paperweights were wonderful...
@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 17
That is an amazing whatever-it-is. It is a paperweight perhaps? Corningware was very fashionable in its time.
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• Canada
3 Feb 17
It still is popular in North America and yes its a paperweight a really beautiful one. The museum at corning is awesome.
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@FayeHazel (21431)
• United States
24 Jan 17
Wowza! Nice photo btw. I remember corning ware and I would love to go to a glass museum
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• Canada
24 Jan 17
It is worth a day to see it if you ever get the chance.
• Trinidad And Tobago
16 Jan 17
The pic is really amazing and I have no doubt that the museum is amazing too. No, I haven't been there...and sadly, we have no such museum or technology here that is open to the public.I have a faint recollection that Trinidad have a factory where 'glass' is made from sand. But not open to the public.
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
Some day one of the glass makers are going to realize they can make money on tourism. Then you will be able to enjoy the history of the craft.
@BelleStarr (39737)
• United States
15 Jan 17
No I haven't but I have thought about going several times. I plan to go finally this summer.
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
You will love it...
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• United States
14 Jan 17
Wow that is a beauty! Thanks for sharing this with us Paints. My Mom still has some Corning.
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
I think we all do and Pyrex was made by Corning too. I'll bet a lot of us still have Pyrex too.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 17
I've never seen glassblowing in real life, only on the TV. I'd love to visit a museum like that.
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• Canada
16 Jan 17
It is fascinating and we were amazed how often the glass bubble blows up and they have to start over...
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@garymarsh6 (14501)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 17
I love heavy glass. What talents these people have of making something so beautiful.
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
it really was a work of art. Its amazing what they can do with glass.
@Kandae11 (40358)
14 Jan 17
Beautiful and intricate.
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• Canada
17 Jan 17
I thought so too. Glad you liked it.