• In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 photo, glassblower William Gudenrath makes a goblet with techniques used by Renaissance Venetians at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. Gudenrath spent decades researching how Renaissance-era glassmakers produced objects that are now considered works of art.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death.

  • This April 2012 photo provided by the Austin Parks & Recreation Department shows the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, Texas. A celebrated German sculptor, Ney established her home and studio in the castle-like building in 1892. Her works and tools are displayed there, and visitors can also wander the restored grounds, which teem with native greenery and wildflowers. (Austin Parks & Recreation Department via AP)

    Serenity Now: Austin’s Elisabet Ney Museum evokes a past era

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Four miles from the bustling state capitol, a castle-like structure sits in a corner of Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. It’s built from white stones, complete with columns and a square tower. Out front, a field of native greenery teeming with tall purple and yellow wildflowers seems to have been lifted from the Texas plains and left to grow as nature intended.