Then we drove into New York toward Cornell, stopping at the Corning Museum of Glass, which I'd wanted to see for a long time. It's absolutely stunning and really difficult to take in on a short visit; there's a huge new contemporary glass collection near the entrance, then a multi-room exhibit of glass through history from ancient Lebanon through Louis Comfort Tiffany (and unlike in Richmond, we could take photos here). There were glassblowing demonstrations but since we've seen that recently at Art of Fire, we stayed in the main exhibit halls, where there's also a display on industrial and technological uses of glass -- everything from beer bottles to telescope lenses -- and a fantastic gift shop containing everything from glass Christmas ornaments to glass bead jewelry to locally made artisan vases and sculptures. At dinnertime we drove to Ithaca, where we cooked in our hotel room. Tomorrow, Cornell!
These are some of the oldest items on display -- pendants with the heads of a man and a ram and beads from Lebanon, all older than 250 B.C.
Two Amen goblets from England circa 1749-50 with the Jacobite anthem engraved on them.
A window from Rochroane Castle by Tiffany, depicting the Hudson River landscape as seen from Irvington-on-Hudson with hollyhocks, clematis, and trumpet vines.
A glass Liberty Bell by the H.C. Fry Glass Company, made in 1905 for display at the Lewis and Clark Exposition.
A snake vase by Rene Lalique from the early 1900s.
Adam took this photo of my head seen through a crystal ball.
This is the chapel at Bucknell. The buildings in the main quadrangle are the same architectural style and forested hills surround the school.