College of Ceramics

Paul Vickers Gardner Glass Center

Paul Vickers Gardner was born in Savona, New York in 1908. He was educated at Alfred University, receiving a B.S. Ceramic Art, 1930. He was the assistant to Frederick Carder at Corning Glass Works 1929-1943. From 1948-1977 he was Curator of Ceramics at the Smithsonian Institution. He died in Washington, D.C. in 1994.

Gardner bequeathed a portion of his estate to the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University establishing the Paul Vickers Gardner Glass Center.

Description of the Gardner Collection

  • More than 200 Pieces, including 70 historic Frederick Carder (1863-1963) objects, such as; Rouge FlambĂ©, Tyrian, and Intarsia. The collection includes glass from the American Studio Glass Movement and European glass such as Galle, Lalique, and Murano.
  • Manuscripts and notebooks handwritten by Frederick Carder, autobiographical documents, rare drawings and photographs. Frederick Carder was one of the pioneers of glassmaking in America.
  • Paul Vickers Gardner autobiographical materials, lecture notes, and slides relating to the history of glass art.
  • 250 art and technical glass books, including the library of renowned glass scientist, Dr Norbert Kreidl.
  • Films, slides, and tapes relating to modern glass art and technical glass.

The Paul Vickers Gardner Glass Center is currently located in a temporary space.
For information contact Susan Kowalczyk