Founders Meetings 2018/2019

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at: Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760 • 508.647.6520

September 12, Wednesday

AM Program: My Summer Finds
Led by Founders Members
PM Program:
"Curator's Choice"
Presented by Dorothy Hogan-Schofield, Curator and Former Director, Sandwich Glass Museum. An illustrated talk focusing on pieces from the Sandwich Glass Museum's Collection as seen through the eyes of Museum Curator, Dorothy Hogan-Schofield. Dorothy will delve into some of the interesting facets of the collection focusing on rarity, history, and anecdotal stories. Among the items discussed will be rare one-of-a-kind objects which descended in the families of Sandwich glassworkers, along with rarities in blown and pressed glass. .

October 10, Wednesday

FIeld Trip: Field Trip, including a visit to a private collection and an historic church. Join us for an interesting day to see a special set of stained glass windows which portray an important component of US history. Our tour at St. Cyprian's Church in Boston's South End will be led by veteran local historian and State Representative Byron Rushing. We will then go to the Dorchester home of longtime Founders member Judith Baker for lunch, and to view her collection of ruby glass. Both parking and public transportation will be available at the two locations. Details about the trip will be provided closer to the date, but mark your calendar now for this special outing.

November 14, Wednesday

AM Program: "EAPG: Early American Pattern Glass: Is it 'Pattern' or 'Pressed' anyhow? Is there any difference?" Led by Founders Member Judy Usen
A perennial favorite for collectors, EAPG has a seemingly infinite variety of patterns and shapes. Please bring in some of your favorite pieces for us to examine and enjoy.
PM Program:
"My work as a Glass Artist and as an Innovator at MIT"
Presented by Peter Houk, Director, MIT Glass Lab
Peter Houk is a studio glass artist who trained at the Pilchuck Glass School and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has pieces at the Corning Museum of Glass, the American Museum of Glass, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass, in addition to many private collections. Since 1997 he has been the director of the MIT Glass Lab, where he is responsible for leading the research and testing required for the creation of many, interesting innovations.

Peter will speak about his own work, which combines glass, painting, and printmaking. In addition, he will showcase some of the innovations at MIT which include 3D Printing, Virtual Glass cane modeling software, and the MIT Glass Band.

December 13, Wednesday

Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction: Our special meal to celebrate the holidays will be catered and we will hold our Silent Auction throughout the day.
PM Program: "Bright Neodymium Glass"
Presented by Founders Member Kirk Nelson, Executive Director, New Bedford Museum of Glass.

It's pink. No, it's blue! No, wait, now it's pink again! Glass made with the rare earth metal neodymium has the extraordinary property of changing color under different light sources. In natural light it's pink. In fluorescent light it's blue. Neodymium was discovered by an Austrian chemist in 1885, and its first commercial use was for coloring glass at the Moser glassworks in Vienna beginning in 1927. Other glass companies quickly developed neodymium formulae of their own, including the American companies Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, Steuben, and Tiffin. Please join our presentation to see for yourself. You won't believe your eyes!

March 13, Wednesday

AM Program: "Kitchen Glass"
Led by Members and guests of Founders Chapter
These utilitarian types of glass were made for many purposes. Some of them are: mixing bowls, canisters, shakers, spooners, reamers, butter dishes, ice buckets, tumblers, pitchers, ladles, casseroles, trays, pots, and cake plates. Take a look around your kitchen, there are likely several glass pieces that you use all the time. Do bring them to show us!
PM Program:
"Heisey — A Bygone Era"
Presented by Susan Pescatore, Antique Dealer, Heisey Specialist
The premise of Susan's presentation is that in relatively recent history (around the turn of the century), the serving and consumption of food was so radically different from modern practice that many of the table objects in common use at that time are totally unfamiliar and unrecognizable today. The formality of everyday living, even for the middle class, was typified by specialized and esoteric forms of table glass.

Bear in mind that these conditions were even more prevalent during the earlier years of the 19th century, and more confined to the upper class. But as social distinctions began to relax toward the end of the 19th century, Heisey catered to a larger segment of the prosperous middle class who wanted to own more elegant and distinctive table glass.

April 10, Wednesday

FIeld Trip: Worcester Art Museum
Join us for another great outing, this time to see the wonderful Worcester Art Museum's special exhibit: "Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge". There will be time to see the museum's other glass on display, as well as the rest of their collection. Lunch will be in their café or a nearby restaurant. Details, including costs, will be sent closer to the date. Members of the Cape Cod Glass Club will join us for this special event.

May 15, Wednesday

Annual Meeting: Due to this year's NAGC Seminar taking place in Pittsburgh the previous week, changing our date permits us to attend both local and national!
We will hold our celebration at the Natick Library with a catered Luncheon. Payments will be collected during the day and your desserts are welcome.
Silent Auction:
We will hold a silent auction throughout the day. Please bring in glass or related items such as books to donate. It is always fun to buy at the auction while doing some fundraising for our club.
PM Program:
"Clarity and Sparkle" Qing Dynasty Chinese Glass
Presented by Dr. Shelly Xue, Fellow for Asian Glass JD Carpenter Foundation, Corning Museum of Glass Associate Professor, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Author of four books, and Glass Sculptor.
This talk will provide a brief introduction to the history of glassmaking in China with Western influences, with a special focus on the Qing dynasty. It will analyze the development of the Imperial Glass production from the Kangxi (1662-1722) to the Qianlong period (1736-96). Dr. Xue will discuss its contemporary influence on Boshan glassmaking by examining specific objects to identify the evidence embedded within their forms and making.