(Toledo, OH) The Toledo Museum of Art is helping Libbey Glass celebrate its bicentennial in the Glass City.
The art museum opens a special glass exhibit Friday, focused exclusively on the tableware produced by Toledo-based Libbey Glass since its inception in 1818. About one-quarter of the museum's 600-item collection will be on display, along with additional items on loan from the Libbey company archive.
The exhibition explores the evolution of glass design and glass-blowing from the time the company was known as the New England Glass Company to present day.
The display includes table and floor lamps, vases, pitchers, goblets, drinking glasses, decanters, and even a bowl handcrafted for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1903. There's even a spun glass dress as the centerpiece of an exhibition that show the age-old handcrafting practices of blowing and cutting glass that made Libbey legendary.
The exhibition runs until Thanksgiving.