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.

Artist-in-Residence: Marta Ramírez
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Marta Ramírez is a glass artist and industrial designer who teaches at the Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work is clearly inspired by water, a...

Studio Demonstrations: Tim Drier
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Watch Tim Drier demonstrate for his class, Introduction to Flameworking, in which students will embark on an evolution through glassmaking, beginning with marbles (single cell), through fungus, aquatics, and small land mammals, ending with the human form.

Studio Demonstrations: Loren Stump
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Watch Loren Stump demonstrate for his Studio course, Flameworking Using Ultimate Details, where students will learn advanced murrine techniques, including co...

Studio Demonstrations: Jim Byrnes
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Watch Jim Byrnes demonstrate for his Studio course, Beginning Flameworking, that will focus on the means more than the end. Students will be guided through s...

Studio Demonstrations: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart demonstrate for their Studio course, Flameworking Cocktail, in which the focus will be on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills. Students will be introduced to various techniques using both soft (soda lime) and hard

Studio Demonstrations: Emilio Santini
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Watch Emilio Santini demonstrate for his Studio course, Sculptural Flameworking, which is designed for intermediate students who are interested in sculpting glass at the torch. Students will be introduced to various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate and soda lime glass.

At the Lamp
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Today lampworkers %%melt%% borosilicate glass in brilliant colors using modern torches that burn oxygen and propane. But how did glassworkers %%melt%% glass at the flame 300 years ago? As a glass librarian and a glass artist, I'm fascinated by the ingenuity and inventiveness of lampworkers in