All About Glass

All About Glass

This is your resource for exploring various topics in glass: delve deeper  with this collection of articles, multimedia, and virtual books all about glass. Content is frequently added to the area, so check back for new items. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send us your suggestion. If you have a specific question, Ask a Librarian at our Rakow Research Library.

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Jaroslava Brychtová and Stanislav Libenský
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In 1950, Jaroslava Brychtová joined the design studio of the glassworks at Železný Brod, directing the architectural glass department. Working with her father, the sculptor Jaroslav Brychta, she began to experiment with casting, molding, and melting glass during the 1940s. In 1954, Stanislav

Lalique Perfume Bottle for Coty
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Lalique Perfume Bottle for Coty play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 801 René Lalique’s decision to focus on glass was influenced

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
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The innovations and artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) were explored in the winter of 2010 in two new Museum exhibitions. Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collections (November 1, 2009 – October 31, 2010), was shown on the Museum’s West Bridge. It featured nearly 60 of

Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch
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A special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927), one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, was in view at The Corning Museum of Glass from March 15, 2012 through February 3, 2013. The exhibition recognized Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a

Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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East Influences West In Western Europe, the influence of East and South Asian products imported by the English, Dutch, and French East India Companies in the 18th and 19th centuries had a significant impact on style and art. European artists, fascinated by Oriental designs, architecture, and

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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Beginning in the 13th century, the philosophies, scientific discoveries, and artistic achievements of East Asia gradually became known in Europe. The Chinese began large-scale international trade during the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), exchanging goods with Western merchant travelers. 1 The

Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis
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Richard Marquis, a self-described glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. As an artist, he is admired for his understanding of color and form as well as for his humor

Medieval Glassmaking in the Levant
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In 1973, a sponge diver reported the discovery of an underwater shipwreck at Serçe Limani on the south coast of Turkey, opposite Rhodes. The wreck was investigated by Professor George Bass, of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, between 1977 and 1979. His investigation revealed that part of the

Botanical Wonders: Glass Flowers
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Botanical Wonders: Glass Flowers play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 808 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass

Blaschkas’ Glass Models of Invertebrate Animals (1863–1890)
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The story of the Blaschkas begins in the small town of Böhmisch Aicha (now Cˇesky´ Dub in the Czech Republic), where Leopold’s father continued the family tradition of flameworking. When Leopold was a student, his favorite  subjects were natural history and painting, and a visiting artist urged him

Blaschkas’ Glass Botanical Models (1886–1936)
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Tropical and temperate plants continuously bloom in their Victorian cherry wood vitrines as visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History marvel at their favorite flowers and the most noxious weeds. These nearly 4,300 botanical models represent roughly 840 species and 170 plant families in an

Gold Ruby Glass
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Gold ruby is arguably one of the most beautiful colors of glass. Beyond its aesthetic qualities, there is an alchemical connotation: Since ancient Greek times, descriptions of the sorcerers’ stone agree that it was believed to be a red substance and the key to the transmutation of metals,

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part Two
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th/14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob disassembled

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part One
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th/14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob disassembled

The Glass Giant
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For the American astronomer George Ellery Hale, bigger was always better. In 1897, at the age of 29, he had become director of Chicago’s new Yerkes Observatory, whose 40-inch refracting telescope remains the largest instrument of its kind in the world.  The lenses of refractors collected and

Toots Zynsky
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When I hear music, it translates into color.—Toots Zynsky Toots Zynsky’s distinctive heat-formed  filet de verre  (glass thread) vessels enjoy a widespread popularity and deserved acclaim for their often extraordinary and always unique explorations in color. Defying categorization, her pieces

GlassLab at Governors Island: Eric Ku
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Designer Eric Ku describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, June 30- July 1, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass part...

GlassLab Design Session: Q Cassetti
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Designer Q Cassetti describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 1, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered w...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Chris and Dominic Leong
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Designers Chris and Dominic Leong describe working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, July 1 and July 14, 2012. The Corning Mus...

GlassLab at Governors Island: James Victore
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Designer James Victore describes working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, June 30 and July 7, 2012. The Corning Museum of Gla...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Mike Perry
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Designer Mike Perry describes working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, June 30 and July 8, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Leon Ransmeier
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Designer Leon Ransmeier describes working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, July 7- 8 and July 14, 2012. The Corning Museum o...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Helen Lee
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Designer Helen Lee describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 7- 8, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnere...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Inna Alesina
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Designer Inna Alesina describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 21- 22, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass par...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Abbott Miller
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Designer Abbott Miller describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 28- 29, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass pa...

GlassLab at Governors Island: David Weeks
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Designer David Weeks describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 28- 29, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass part...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Peter Buchanan-Smith
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Designer Peter Buchanan-Smith describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 21- 22, 2012. The Corning Museum of G...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Paul Sahre
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Designer Paul Sahre describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 21- 22, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partn...

GlassLab at Governors Island: Keetra Dean Dixon and Jonathan Keller Keller
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Designers Keetra Dean Dixon and Jonathan Keller Keller describe working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 14- 15, 2012....

Twist Glass
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In the 1930s, the Pairpoint Glass Corporation introduced a bold new design called "twist glass," consisting of swirled stripes of ruby or deep blue glass and clear crystal. The complicated technique, already used in Sweden, required many stages including cold working. Watch as William

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