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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Wedding & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Wedding & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
Learn about planned giving

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November 24, 2020

Holiday Cheer Made Here

World’s Largest Ornament, Third Thursday performance with Deborah Czeresko, December 2014

During the holidays, ornaments take center stage at the Chrysler Museum. As decorations, heirlooms, and experiences, they hold a special place in the hearts of many. Each year since 2014, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio artists have created a custom ornament for sale exclusively through the Museum Shop. Kelsey Finnie, a part-time instructor at the Glass Studio and the owner of Kelsey Finnie Glass, created the Chrysler’s 2020 ornament, a snowperson adorned with a Chrysler blue scarf. Kelsey’s snowperson is just one of several glass ornaments in the Museum Shop made by Studio artists. This year’s selection also includes glass icicles, fancy blown tree-toppers, and other traditional round ornaments in beautiful colors.

Kelsey’s snowperson is the Museum’s seventh commemorative ornament. The first was a cameo ornament of Huber Court created by Hannah Kirkpatrick. Since then, the Chrysler has been happy to be a part of the holiday traditions of many families who visit the Museum Shop to purchase an ornament to commemorate each year, and artists at the Glass Studio are always excited to participate.

Hannah Kirkpatrick’s Holiday Ornament for the Chrysler Museum, 2014 (left) and Gayle Forman’s Holiday Ornament for the Chrysler Museum, 2015 (right).

Kelsey has been with the Museum since 2014, first as a Studio Assistant and then as a part-time instructor, a position she has held for almost four years. Despite working with hot glass for over a decade, she never devoted much time to custom glassware. When many aspects of her life changed due to COVID-19, Finnie thought 2020 was the perfect opportunity to focus on her custom designs.

Kelsey Finnie (left) and her fall 2016 installation in Vestibule 102 (right).

Kelsey started blowing glass in 2010 at The Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After getting the glass bug, she found out that she actually came from a lineage of glass artists. “My maternal grandfather dabbled in stain glass making—Tiffany-inspired lamps and window catchers. I later found out his parents worked and met at the American Glass factory. My great-grandfather was an engraver, and my great-grandmother was a secretary,” she said.

Kelsey rolling molten glass in frit (left) and forming the snowperson using jacks (right).

Kelsey’s work is recognizable for its high-quality craftsmanship. She has made snowpeople for the past few years and has refined her design for the Museum Shop snowperson. Kelsey started her task of creating the Chrysler’s 2020 ornament the same way she starts almost every other piece in the hot glass shop—with gathering. The process involves collecting molten clear glass out of a 2150-degree furnace on the end of a hollow stainless-steel rod. Next, she coats the clear glass with a few layers of frit, white glass particles that play the role of snow and give the snowperson its bright white color. After applying the color, Kelsey inserts a small bubble into the glass and inflates it with a blow hose. She forms the snowperson using jacks—glassblowing tools that look like two knife blades hinged together—to create constriction lines that separate the body of the snowperson from the head and the head from the pipe.

Once there’s a body, it’s time for some personality. Kelsey melts small strings of black glass to create the eyes and buttons. She finishes the piece by applying a hot gather of glass to the top and folding it over to form a hook, prepping the piece to hold a special place on your tree. Once the snowperson cools down, it gets a fashionable accessory—a blue scarf with Chrysler Museum of Art 2020 printed in silver foil.

2020 Chrysler Holiday Ornament by Kelsey Finnie

Be sure to snag your limited edition 2020 Chrysler ornament at the Museum Shop. Shop November 29 during Museum Store Sunday for extra savings. Museum Members will enjoy 20% off all purchases. Non-members save 15%.

You can also find the 2020 Chrysler ornament and more of Kelsey’s work at the Glass Studio Holiday Sale December 4-6 or purchase it online at shop.chrysler.org. Follow Kelsey on Instagram at @kelseyfinnieglass.

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