Young Voices of New York: Corning Museum of Glass

Karis Wynings making her glass ornament.

Editor's Note: The following article was written by Karis Wynings, 10, of Rochester, for the Young Voices of New York website, a project of the New York News Publishers Association. Visit yvnewwork.com to read more articles written by students from around the state and learn how any student can become part of the Young Voices team.

The Corning Museum of Glass is a great place to visit, it’s in Corning and my Girl Scout troop went on a field trip to CMoG. For us girls, it was a long trip. But it was worth it. We had to go to the Welcome Center to check in and then we walked two minutes away to the actual museum.

When you first walk into the museum, it will take your breath away. Glass walls, glass floors, glass everything. There are even glass doors. We had a tour guide named Pamela for our own personal tour of the museum.

There is a new exibit called Contemporary Art and Design. It is all white when you walk in that new exibit which is supposed to let all of the natural light in. There is a piece of art that you would think is a rope but really is a lot of small beads that make one mile-long rope-looking piece of art.

There was another piece we saw that were drinking glasses that looked like nothing up close but if you look from far away, it’s trees. There’s more to see, so go visit!

If you are interested in the history of glass and how it was originally made, the history exhibit will probably be the first thing you will want to see. It shows the oldest piece of glass, which was made 35,000 years ago. In ancient Rome, everyone had at least one piece of glass in their house, 2,000 years ago.

And did you know that volcanoes have glass in them that can be used to make knives?

My troop and I made three pieces of glass, an ornament, a suncatcher, and a sand-blasted glass cup. We always had to have safety glasses on in the hot room and could not touch silver because it could be up to 1,000 degrees hot.

When we made our suncatcher we had glass tiles and then glued them on to make a design or animal. We could have up to two layers.

Sand-blasted cups were easy but really fun. We had stickers to put on a glass cup and then sandblasted it.

I asked Christina, one of my fellow Girl Scouts, how she liked the museum and making the glass. She said it was fun but she wanted our tour guide to let us explore more, rather than to just follow her all of the time. She had fun making the glass but her sandblasted cup broke. Other than that she had fun and thought it was a great experience.

I hope you get to go and visit there someday!

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