To mark the 150th anniversary of Corning, New York, as a glass town, The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass has partnered with Waterford Crystal to design a limited-edition vase and for a first-of-its-kind exclusive cut-glass event.
Inspired by the 150th anniversary of glassmaking coming to The Crystal City (town of Corning), Waterford’s head of design, Matt Kehoe, has designed the Sunburst Vase, and a limited edition of 10 of these unique vases have been cut by Master Cutter Tom Power, to be sold exclusively just for CMoG Shops.
The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass, which features 18-sq-ft of shopping, making it one of the largest Museum stores in the US with eight individual boutiques and four expert buyers, is known for collaborating with glass artists and glass brands to develop and sell products, this marks the first time it has partnered with Waterford on such a piece.
“This is the first time we have partnered with Waterford for an exclusive piece,” says retail buyer at The Corning Museum of Glass, Meghan Bunnell, who handles the brand development for both on-site retail and online retail and focuses on up-and-coming designers, artists and markets.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for us to celebrate the legacy of Waterford and the history of glass coming to the town of Corning with a beautiful piece of crystal designed by Matt Kehoe and hand-cut by Tom Power.”
Each element of the design of the Sunburst Vase has symbolic meaning with the sunburst design representing the many days of hard work and dedication needed to master the craft of glassmaking. The vase also features the four vertical wedge cuts, stretching from bottom to top, with these stunning cuts symbolising the progress and innovation that has defined Corning for 150 years.
Each of the limited edition 10 vases will be cut by Master Cutter, Tom Power, who began his career with Waterford as a Wedge Cutter 1969 and within 10 years had advanced to Master Wedge Cutter. Now approaching his 50th anniversary of cutting glass, Tom is renowned for cutting dynamic, bespoke, and one-off pieces.
A short film which documents the cutting process was also launched, along with the Sunburst Vase, in a special event that took place on15 November, at the Museum.
“During the product launch of the Sunburst Vase, we had Tom Brennan, Master Craftsman and Spokesperson for Waterford, at the Museum to sign Waterford pieces and talk with our visitors,” says Meghan, “as well as showcasing our 10 limited-edition pieces, which are now available for purchase exclusively via The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass and online at shops.cmog.org. All are signed by Master Cutter Tom Power.”