But that’s not the end of the Steuben story. In 2014, The Corning Museum of Glass announced that it would work with local producers to reproduce Steuben designs using both lead-free and leaded glass. Proceeds from the sales benefit educational programs produced by The Corning Museum.
Corning’s first ownership of the brand didn’t end well. The company decided to sell the Steuben division after years of declining sales. To celebrate the return of Steuben, the Corning Museum has developed a new Steuben display featuring some of the collection’s most exquisite pieces, and has stocked the museum’s store with Steuben glass gifts.
For decades, Steuben glass was the go-to gift for royalty, popes and presidents. Known for their sophisticated and elaborate designs, Steuben glass pieces are often considered “museum-quality” right out of the box!
Corning does not intend to reopen the former Steuben factory. Instead, pieces will be made by a number of producers in and around Corning, NY.
Steuben pieces capture the elegance of glass as a decorative medium. While many of the currently available Steubens are contemporary designs, Corning is also producing some of the company’s classic designs.
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