The Corning Museum of Glass publishes blog series on women in the glass industry

Woman doing lampwork
Illustration from Guillaume Louis Figuier, Industrie du verre et du cristal. About 1870. Courtesy of the Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass.

This past July the Corning Museum of Glass a new six-month blog series “Women in Glasshouses.”

The bi-weekly series of blog posts highlighted the many ways that women have contributed to the glass industry in the 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment.

I wrote a post focused on women using the technique of lampworking, first working from home, then in American industry, particularly where women dominated the field assembling early lightbulbs:

You can find the entire series of posts at the following link:


These posts may change the way you see glass – from cut glass and 50s design to Pyrex and light bulbs!


Beth Hylen

Retired Reference Librarian, The Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass