The Montshire Museum of Science is an interactive science center in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Outdoors, visitors can explore nature trails and exhibits on wind, water, and sound in David Goudy Science Park. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year.
Montshire to Open “Elements of Glass,” Collaborative Exhibition with Simon Pearce
On Saturday, September 21, the Montshire Museum of Science will open the brand new special exhibition, Elements of Glass: From the Workshop of SIMON PEARCE, which explores the transformation from sand to glass, from design to finished product.
For this collaborative exhibition, the Montshire partnered with Simon Pearce, a Vermont-based company specializing in handcrafted glass with a creative philosophy rooted in functional, sophisticated design. The Montshire Exhibits team worked closely with James Murray, Simon Pearce’s Vice President of Design, to create a beautiful experience in which science meets design.
“Glass is a ubiquitous material,” explained Murray. “And yet we often don’t know the science behind it. This exhibit gives a unique glimpse into the process of handcrafting molten sand into objects of artistry.”
The result is a breathtaking display that features the elements of water, fire, and wood, interpreted in glass, by the artisans of Simon Pearce. This exhibition includes drawings, videos, and touchable samples representative of a different technique — all providing insight into the process behind designing and creating glass pieces.
“It’s exciting to see the interplay between the designer’s vision and the glass artisans’ skills and process,” remarked Sherlock Terry, Director of Exhibits at the Montshire. “The end product of this unique collaboration is masterful work that pushes the physical boundaries of what’s possible with glass.”
Elements of Glass awakens a deep appreciation of the beauty that comes from a wondrous process rooted in science.
Elements of Glass will be open from September 21, 2020 through March 2020.