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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Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Debbie Tarsitano
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Watch as Debbie Tarsitano demonstrates for her class, Encasing Flamework: Designs Under Glass, which will focus on encasing lampworked elements in clear crys...

"Glass in Motion" 2011 GlassFest Highlight Montage
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"Glass in Motion" A video highlight montage of the 2011 GlassFest in Corning, NY.

Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini & Simone Crestani
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Watch as Emilio Santini and Simone Crestani demonstrate for their class, Flameworking for Everybody, where students will be introduced to various sculpting a...

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini
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Watch as Emilio Santini demonstrates for his class, Flameworking for Everybody, which will focus on various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using boros...

Studio Demonstration: David Willis
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Watch David Willis demonstrate for his flameworking class, Make What You Like, which has the goal to help students fabricate in glass anything they can conce...

Kate Fowle Meleney at 2300°: GlassFest Bead Extravaganza (May 2013)
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2300°: GlassFest Bead Extravaganza featured artist Kate Fowle Meleney, who demonstrated beadmaking in celebration of the opening of the 2013 exhibition, Life...

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Suellen Fowler and Hugh Salkind
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Watch as Suellen Fowler and Hugh Salkind demonstrate for their class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms, which will focus on sculptures and ve...

Studio Demonstration: John Kobuki
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Watch John Kobuki demonstrate for his Studio course, Flower Marbles, in which the students will explore the compression technique used to make flowers and  and other deeply encased designs in borosilicate glass. John Kobuki has been working with glass since 1995. He is known for making marbles with

Studio Demonstration: 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. Tim Drier has been a glassblower for 25

2011 GlassFest FlameOff: Recap with Paul Stankard
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GlassFest Flameoff 2011 Recap: World-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard and World Glass store owner Josh Powers (Corning, NY), reflect on their journey to  create the 2011 GlassFest FlameOff. The FlameOff showcases several artists from around the world that demonstrate their talents using a torch

2300º: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 17, 2013), including music by The Blind Spots,

Studio Demonstrations: Suellen Fowler
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Watch Suellen Fowler demonstrate for her class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms, which will cover a variety of techniques for creating sculptures in colored borosilicate glass. Through the class, Fowler will demonstrate cane decoration and patterns, the use of commercial and hand

Eric Meek and Eric Goldschmidt at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
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At 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest in January, glassblower Eric Meek and flameworker Eric Goldschmidt, collaborated to make an amphora with flameworked figures and grapes. See what they had to say about the experience. 

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...

Flameworked Sculpture
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Artists have proven that glass as a medium for sculpture is virtually without limits. Among hot-working processes, flameworking allows the greatest detail and the smallest scale. Surprisingly though, it can also be used to create sculpture large enough to fill rooms.

Glass Masters at Work: Vittorio Costantini
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Vittorio Costantini is a Venetian glass master known for his precisely rendered small flameworked sculptures. He is inspired by nature, and he works with a range of subjects, including multi-colored insects, butterflies, birds, fish, and flowers. Costantini's pieces are celebrated for their

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso
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Gianni Toso: Glassmaking as a Language, a live flameworking demonstration at The Studio on July 20, 2011.

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

Master Class 5: Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo
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In this video, Cesare Toffolo makes both a simple footed bowl and an intricate historical goblet. He hosts a brief tour of flameworked objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and he shares his philosophy of teaching, learning, and creating. Cesare Toffolo is considered to be the

Plum Woven Heaven
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object Woven Heaven, Tangled Earth by artist Susan Plum. For Susan Plum, glass is a metaphor for light. She works with it as a way, she says, to "concretize the invisible." Plum prefers borosilicate glass for its high silica content and its

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.

Studio Demonstrations: Kristina Logan
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Watch as Kristina Logan demonstrates beadmaking during her Beadmaking: Expanding Your Skills class at The Studio. Logan's week-long course focuses on a broad spectrum of techniques: surface decorations, dots galore, clear casing, working large beads, and troubleshooting common mistakes and

Gianni Toso- Chess Set
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Glass Maestro, Gianni Toso shares what inspires and influences his work, specifically about his piece "Chess Set."

Blaschka Case (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes flameworking (or lampworking), the technique used by the Blaschka's to create the objects in this case at the Museum. The display tells the story of two remarkable lampworkers, Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf, who created in 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

The Glass Flowers
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Before the development of high-speed moving image media, or fiberglass, naturalists and educators faced a quandary: it was often impossible to demonstrate exactly what an invertebrate looked like without a live specimen, because the spine collapses and color leaches out of one preserved in alcohol.

A Trip Up a Goat Path Unearths Blaschka-Era Lampworking Table
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Who would have thought that a trip up a goat path would lead to the Museum’s acquisition of a 19th-century lampworking table that was part of the 2007 Botanical Wonders exhibition? In October 2006, Steve Gibbs, the Museum’s manager of events marketing, embarked on a mission to find a lampworking

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