Steuben Glass Works is an American art glass manufacturer, founded in the summer of 1903 by Fredrick C. Carder and Thomas G. Hawkes in Corning, New York. Hawkes was the owner of the largest cut glass firm then operating in Corning. Carder was an Englishman (born 18 September 1863) who had many years' experience designing glass for Stevens and Williams in England. Hawkes purchased the glass blanks for his cutting shop from many sources and eventually wanted to start a factory to make the blanks himself. Hawkes convinced Carder to come to Corning and manage such a factory. Carder, who had been passed over for promotion at Stevens and Williams, consented to do so.
In July 2008, Steuben was sold by Corning Incorporated for an undisclosed price to the Schottenstein Stores Corp.,
On September 15, 2011, Schottenstein announced it was shutting down Stueben's Corning factory and Manhattan store, ending the company's 108-year history.
One of the innovators of lead-infused glass will be shutting down. Probably from intense competition from the more modern Swarovski. Corning, as we know, shifted to commercial, industrial, and technological manufacturing of glass, but still retains an art division (ridiculously expensive).
Some of their more well-known pieces: