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Lucartha Kohler Papers

Identifier: MS-0083

Scope and Contents

Lucartha Kohler was a pioneering glass artist by virtue of her work in glass casting and her gender. She also wrote two books, one about contemporary glass and one about women glass artists. Her papers consist of two series:

(1) Research Files, 1958-2003

(2) Artist Files, 1972-2016


  • Creation: 1958-2016


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view this collection.

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Biographical / Historical

Lucartha Donges Kohler was born in 1938 to William Donges and Jessie Whitehead in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied at the Carnegie Mellon Institute, Moore College of Art, and Penland School of Crafts.

Kohler enjoyed a long and successful career as a glass artist, teacher, and writer. Early in her career, she worked as a fashion designer, but she became intrigued by the medium of glass in the 1960s. Kohler was best known for glass casting, but she also employed and taught other glassworking techniques. Kohler taught nationally and internationally, serving on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Fleisher Art Memorial. She was also a frequent instructor at the Corning Museum of Glass Studio.

Kohler showed her work in more than one hundred exhibitions and has pieces in significant glass collections. She wrote two books on glass: Glass: An Artist's Medium (1998) and Women Working in Glass (2003).

Kohler died in December 2017.


8.7 Linear Feet (9 Hollinger boxes,1 half Hollinger box, and 1 oversize folder)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lucartha Kohler and the Estate of Lucartha Kohler.

Lucartha Kohler Papers, 1958-2016
A Guide to the Papers
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
July 18, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA