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By Lissa Guyton |
Posted: Fri 5:58 PM, Jan 04, 2019

TOLEDO (WTVG) – Toledo is of course known as the Glass City, and there’s good reason for that. The town has been home to everything from industrial glassmakers to the studio glass movement.

Advances in glassmaking are the focus of a new installation at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition is a nod to the rich history of glass in Toledo, It includes more than 100 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, and some of those pieces haven’t been on display for decades.

Diane Wright is the Curator of Glass and Decorative Arts at the museum, “It’s fun to go into storage and pull out works that I haven’t seen or haven’t been viewed in awhile.”

Wright hopes the exhibit helps everyone see the beauty in glass, “Every time you bring out works you get to put them together in different ways and put them together in different contexts. It starts different conversations. I hope people discover that glass has a huge range in terms of what’s made. There is real beauty in glass.”

The installation is a collection of pieces spanning centuries, “One of the great things about this collection is that it’s quite comprehensive. You can see everything from cut glass by Libbey to pieces of Lalique and English cameo glass. The neat thing is that you can also see pressed glass.”

Speaking of pressed glass, there’s a hand-operated press in the exhibit, “We borrowed a glass press from the Henry Ford Museum because we didn’t have one in our collection. We wanted people to be able to see how glass is made.”

There are also several new pieces in the museum’s collection, including work by Amber Cowan who is a glass artist from Philadelphia, “She’s a flame worker and she re-purposes old glass. She also uses a press she bought from a now defunct factory in Ohio to make additional pieces. It all comes together in grotto-like works.”

Like most exhibits at the museum, Now & Then: Moments in Glass History is free and open to the public.

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