Remembering Max Erlacher

Jul 24, 2022
Issue 3644


The club has lost a valuable member, the world one of the finest glass engravers, and I have lost a friend.  Rest in peace Max and may God give you calm seas and following winds until we meet again.
— Bobby Rockwell

We have many fond memories of Max.  Besides being a master engraver, he was a gentleman with a quick smile and genuine laugh.  He has always been part of our Association’s sphere.  He contributed in the “Friends” days by engraving plates for the Saturday night auction (I hope everyone still has their plates!), has given talks, worked with other artists, did engraving and repairs for many members, and Max and Kitty have hosted many events including inviting all of us to their home.  Max will be greatly missed.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kitty and their family.
— Cy and Karen Beeman


James Russell, President of the Westchester Glass Club, sent this invitation to the Carder Steuben Glass Association:

The Westchester Glass Club will be conducting their monthly hour-long Zoom discussion meeting at the Rakow Library Conference Room this coming Tuesday, July 26th beginning at 11:00 am EDT.  The entire program will be a recollection of the life of the Max Erlacher.

We hope to discuss the life — and treasure the talents — of the late Max Erlacher.  We are so very sorry to hear of his passing.

Is there anyone at the Carder Steuben Glass Club or the Rakow Library who would like to share a few words about Max in this live Zoom? (It’s a discussion.)  We would certainly appreciate anyone who knew Max Erlacher and could share just a few anecdotes of this wonderful glass artist.  Is there anyone who would like to add their respect and admiration for Max’s engraving?

Please contact James Russell at or 203-207-1525 so you can join in person for a live zoom discussion about the wonderful Max Erlacher!

The Zoom will be hosted by James with some archive videos at the Rakow Library Conference Room, 2nd floor on Tuesday July 26th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.  If you are attending in person please be there by 10:30 am and contact James to reserve a space.


Adventures in Glass Design: Discovering what Glass Can Do, from the Steuben blowing room to The Corning Museum of Glass

Presentation by Rob Cassetti, Former Steuben Glass Designer

Rob Cassetti’s love affair with glass began as a college intern when he first encountered molten glass flowing from the furnace at the Steuben Glass factory.  When he was hired by Steuben a decade later, he realized his design training and previous design experience had not prepared him for creating new work at Steuben.  Rob discovered, like so many Steuben designers before him, he had to learn on the job through trial and error from the glassmakers on the factory floor.  Working side-by-side with glass makers and fellow designers provided a master class in what glass can do. His work at Steuben was an awakening to the power and possibilities of glass as a material.  It launched a 30-year global adventure in glass at Steuben, Corning, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Rob Cassetti joined CMOG in 1999 as manager of education and creative services. He became a director of the Museum in 2001 and was named senior director in 2007 until his retirement in 2020. He was responsible for developing the creative strategy for the Museum in addition to the operation of the Museum’s live glass demonstrations.  Prior to joining the Museum, Rob worked for more than 10 years as a glass designer with Steuben Glass. Rob holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts. He is the former President of the Board of Trustees of The Museum Association of New York, and a member of the Corning Incorporated architectural advisory committee. Rob continues to serve as a creative strategist for the Museum.

Silent Auction Saturday Night Symposium Dinner

We are looking for donations for the Saturday evening Banquet Dinner auction. All proceeds will benefit the CSGA and support our mission. Donated items may be glass, books, gift cards, event tickets, or other items `in which attendees may be interested. The Silent Auction Chair is Bill Mehlenbacher (  Please contact Bill by September 1 if you wish to donate. The Carder Steuben Glass Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.


September 8-10, 2022  The Annual Carder Steuben Glass Association Symposium will be held at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.


  • Weiss Auctions – July 27, 2022 
  • Akiba Antiques – July 28, 2022
  • Toomey & Co Auctioneers – August 10, 2022
  • Taylor & Harris – August 14, 2022

Symposium 2023
Carder Steuben Glass Association
7-9 September 2023
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