How did the legacy of Steuben begin?
Steuben is an American fine glass and crystal brand, which makes the highest-quality decorative collectibles and luxury housewares. The company was founded in 1903 in Corning, New York – which is in Steuben County – and Corning Incorporated acquired the brand in 1918. Like their European counterparts, Steuben was originally focused on colored glass, but began producing iconic colorless pieces in 1933 using a new formula from Corning Incorporated with a very high refraction index. These clear, modern creations, brought to life by the most talented artisans of each era, set the brand apart decade after decade. The brand remained in commercial production for over 100 years, representing the pinnacle of American craftsmanship and luxury.
What is the history behind the new Steuben products being produced today?
In 2008, 105 years after it was founded, the Steuben division was sold by Corning Incorporated to retail conglomerate Schottenstein Stores. When Schottenstein decided to end commercial production in 2011, Corning Incorporated repurchased the brand, preserving this important aspect of America’s design heritage. A more detailed history of the brand is available on our Brand Timeline.
Where can I buy new Steuben?
Corning Incorporated has exclusively licensed the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) to sell new Steuben, and it is currently available through the Museum Shops, either online or at the Museum, through www.steuben.com. All proceeds from these sales benefit the not-for-profit Museum.
Is the new Steuben crafted with the same attention to detail?
The new Steuben is made in artisanal hotshops and by original Steuben suppliers, using the same exacting standards that made the brand synonymous with excellence.
How did The Corning Museum of Glass come to be the stewards of the Steuben brand?
CMoG is the perfect partner to steward the Steuben brand, and the ties between CMoG and Steuben are long and deep. Many of the most important Steuben creations are in the Museum’s collection, and the largest display of early Steuben glass in the world is on view at the Museum. In addition, CMoG’s Rakow Research Library holds many of Steuben’s archives, and in 2015 the original Steuben factory was transformed into the Museum’s new space for Hot Glass Demonstrations. Licensing Steuben exclusively to the Museum also underscores Corning Incorporated’s commitment to supporting CMoG, since all proceeds from the sale of Steuben items go to the not-for-profit Museum.
What types of designs are being offered?
The Museum Shops are offering select designs representing the full range of the Steuben brand, including art glass, collectibles, desk accessories, tabletop décor, stem and barware, and customizable pieces such as commemorative items and awards. Classic forms like hand coolers and animals are also available, alongside iconic designs from decades past as part of the Iconic Reintroductions series, as well as entirely new pieces from established Steuben designers. Steuben also offers signature collectibles to commemorate special occasions, including an annual Christmas ornament series. In addition, special commissions are also accepted and designs from a wide variety of categories can be personalized. Just look for the “Personalization” indicator in the item description online.
Will more new and iconic designs be forthcoming?
Yes. Presenting new designs across categories is at the heart of the new Steuben line, and collectors can expect to see these offerings regularly. At the same time, Steuben is committed to introducing the next generation to the brand’s classic forms through the Iconic Reintroductions series, which will also be updated with additional designs from across the decades.
Do you have someone who can appraise my Steuben glass?
Because of CMoG’s non-profit status, we are unable to appraise items (provide value estimates).