Jul 8, 2022
The Carder Steuben Glass Association is excited to announce its 21st Annual Carder Steuben Symposium, co-hosted by The Corning Museum of Glass. This year the Symposium will be an in-person event held from September 8-10, 2022 in Corning, New York.
The schedule of events and program, and information on hotel accommodations can all be found on the CSGA website here. The Symposium registration form will be available soon.
Anyone wishing to attend the Symposium is encouraged to register and make hotel reservations online. Room blocks at two local hotels cut off in early August, and registration for the Symposium is due by September 1. Make your plans to attend TODAY! We look forward to seeing you.
There is another presenter queued up from a great glass museum for this year’s Symposium. We are happy that Kirk Nelson, Executive Director, The New Bedford Museum of Glass will be presenting Art Glass Treasures from The New Bedford Museum of Glass. Founded in 1993, the New Bedford Museum of Glass is developing an extensive collection of beautiful art glass including fine examples by Steuben, Tiffany, Durand, Quezal, and New Bedford’s celebrated Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass factories. Mr. Nelson will present highlights of the collection, and also describe the museum’s new home at the James Arnold Mansion, which served during the 1870s and ’80s as the elegant Victorian residence of William J. Rotch, the president of the Mt. Washington company.
Kirk Nelson has served as Executive Director of The New Bedford Museum of Glass, Inc. since 2006. He previously served as Curator of Glass at The Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich, Massachusetts and Curator of Art and Decorative Arts at The Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. As a museum curator, historian, and scholar Mr. Nelson has dedicated his multifaceted career to advancing public appreciation for the artistry and science of glass. He earned a Master of Arts degree and Certificate of Museum Studies from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at The Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware, with a course concentration in American decorative arts and history. His thesis, “Progress Under Pressure: The Mechanization of the American Flint Glass Industry, 1820-1840,” explored the development of American pressed glass technology. Dwight P. Lanmon, former Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass, served as thesis advisor; Dr. William Alderson, former Executive Director of The Strong Museum in Rochester NY, served as Museum Studies supervisor. Mr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with Honors from the University of Connecticut; and a Diplome Superieur d’Etudes Françaises from the University of Rouen, France. He has personally curated numerous exhibitions all around the New England area, is a frequent lecturer, and has published extensively on a wide variety of glass-related topics.
I thought it would be fun to see Mt. Washington grouped with Carder Steuben. Here are two photos featuring Mt. Washington Crown Milano, Lava, Pairpoint mounted biscuit and Agata with Carder Steuben.
At the Symposium on September 9 we have the opportunity to mingle with other CSGA members while gazing at the beautiful display of Carder Steuben works in the Carder Gallery at the Corning Museum of Glass. Here is an example of the treasures in one cabinet to whet your appetite.
I often reminisce about past Symposiums, who we met, who shared collections and information, and what we learned. One that sticks with me is the first presentation by Greg, that I recall, on the colors of glass. It was about Blue and Gold Aurene. I was fascinated after that first talk and I always looked forward to more about the composition and colors of Carder Steuben’s glass. Recently I came across the handout Greg made for us illustrating that the Aurene iridescence was created by tin oxide and it was the thickness that produced blue or gold. As we get ready to meet and share again, I wanted to share this piece of the past with you. — Karen Beeman
September 8-10, 2022 The Annual Carder Steuben Glass Association Symposium will be held at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.