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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Making a Mold Blown Holiday Ornament
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Season's Greetings from The Corning Museum of Glass! Watch as Museum Gaffer Eric Goldschmidt creates a blown, mirrored and glittered ornament using an authentic Lauscha ornament mold. For many years, it was holiday tradition to decorate one’s home with fruits and nuts. But when a glassblower

The Blaschkas from the Lampworker's Perspective
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Eric Goldschmidt, properties of glass supervisor and artist Wesley Fleming pair up to explore the lampworking techniques of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in this lecture and demonstration. Eric and Wes create glass sea creatures, both duplicating some of the Blaschkas’ techniques and using approaches

Meet the 2016 Rakow Commission Artist Thaddeus Wolfe
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Hear a lecture from 2016 Rakow Commission artist Thaddeus Wolfe.

Thaddeus Wolfe: 2016 Rakow Commission Artist
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Artist Thaddeus Wolfe discusses his work with Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. See the 2016 Rakow Commission.

Master Class Series VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (Full Video)
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In this video, Davide Salvadore demonstrates his skill with cane and murrine techniques at the furnace, and discusses his artwork, his personal development as a glassworker on Murano, and his philosophies as both an artist working in glass and a teacher of the material. DVD originally published in

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Pietro and Riccardo Ferro
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a visit to Murano, he talked with brothers Pietro and Riccardo Ferro. Watch a short

The Glass Harmonica
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Performers throughout the 1700s produced sounds by gently rubbing the rims of finely tuned wineglasses with their moistened fingertips. Wineglasses were tuned by adjusting the amount of water in their bowls. After hearing a performance played on musical glasses in England in 1761, Benjamin Franklin

Glass of the Maharajahs
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The Tradition of Glass Furniture The tradition of glass furniture began in the early nineteenth century when the Russian Imperial Glass Works created several tables for members of the imperial family. But it was the opening of the 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Kenny Pieper
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http://www.cmog.org/live Watch as Kenny Pieper demonstrates for his class, Form and Techniques, which focused on traditional and not-so-traditional techniques...

The Tradition of the Avant-Garde: Bohemian Glass, 1820–1935
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What is your first association with the term “bohemian”? Does it evoke a fine beer-brewing tradition, or connote unpronounceable town names? Germans have a saying: “lauter böhmische Dörfer” (nothing but Bohemian villages), referring to something completely incomprehensible, because of the odd

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Mel Douglas
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Mel Douglas on her work: "I see my art practice as a drawing practice. I'm looking to the history of drawing for cues and ways to use line to explore space." Hear more from Mel about her work and teaching at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch as Master glassblower Davide Salvadore creates a vessel in his signature Muranese style. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and

Tim Drier Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Tim Drier demonstrates for his class, Introduction to Flameworking. In this demo, he creates one of his signature Headshots.

Davide Salvadore Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Davide Salvadore demonstrates for his class, Creating and Using Murrine. In this demo, he uses an incalmo technique from Archimede Seguso.

Artist-in-Residence: Barbara Idzikowska
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Barbara Idzikowska has been fascinated by glass for more than 20 years. Living and working in Wrocław, Poland, she seeks to give ideas material form through her work in glass. In 2004, she established Atelier Si, Pb..., a studio of drawing on glass, with the graphic designer Eugeniusz Get

Artist-in-Residence: Shelley James
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Shelley James' work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on "combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain." James studied

Specialty Glass Residency with Albert Paley
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Albert Paley is the first artist selected to participate in a new Specialty Glass Residency program offered by The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Read the blog post:  Specialty Glass Residency: New Materials Open Up New Possibilities.

GlassLab Design Session: Sigi Moeslinger & Masamichi Udagawa
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Designers Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 26- 27, 2012.

Meet the Artist: Klaus Moje
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Enjoy a lecture by Klaus Moje, an artist whose work was based on traditional glass mosaic techniques that he reinvented through kiln-forming. Throughout his successful career, he pushed himself and glass beyond traditional technical skills into the realm of abstract art. Born in Germany, where he

Tom Ryder: Museum Gaffer
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Tom Ryder on working with glass: Most people don't realize how passionate we are about working with glass. It's become an obsession or even an addiction. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out

Catherine Ayers: Museum Gaffer
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Catherine Ayers on learning to work with glass: There’s always something new to learn…when you learn something new it opens up ten more doors. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out what inspires them to

Jeff Mack: Museum Gaffer
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Jeff Mack on working with glass: I make glass because it’s one of the most amazing craft processes that I know of. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out what inspires them to create.

G Brian: Museum Gaffer
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G Brian on the beauty of glass: Glass is intrinsically beautiful both the process and the final piece. There's no other material that you can use that blends color and mixes color like glass. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The

Guest Artist Demonstration: Harry Allen
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Designer Harry Allen collaborates with the Hot Glass Team on a new design for Steuben—a large-scale glass piggy bank. Based in New York City, Harry Allen is a multi-disciplined designer with work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn, Denver, Philadelphia Museums

Guest Artist Demonstration: Catherine Labonte
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Catherine Labonte creates whimsical, colorful animal sculptures that bring fun to a whole new level. Watch as she demonstrates her process making Bubbles, the pink elephant in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for this special edition of the Late Show.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Mel Douglas
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In this demo, Nancy Callan makes a large vessel designed by Guest Artist Mel Douglas, who plans to complete the piece by cold-working in her signature style. Highly regarded for her mastery of the craft, Douglas' delicate, subtle work comes from the slow and considered process of engraved mark

Behind the Glass Lecture: Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome
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Soft drink bottles, drinking glasses and glass Christmas ornaments are part of daily modern life, but their roots can be traced to the ancient world and the legacy of Ennion, the earliest known name of a Roman glass worker. This lecture by the Museum's president and executive director, ancient

60 Years- The Studio
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The Studio, which opened in 1996, is an internationally renowned teaching facility that offers classes in a variety of glassmaking techniques to students of all ages and skill levels. Artists and students come from all over the world to teach, to learn, and to create their own work in glass. The

Chris Rochelle: Museum Gaffer
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Chris Rochelle’s path as a glass artist traces back to Hartwick College, where he studied sculpture and painting. The school’s small glass program gave him his first taste of working with this unique medium. Upon graduation, he apprenticed in a studio in western Massachusetts. For a decade he did

Behind the Glass Lecture | Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates
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In Spineless, highly acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the astonishing world of marine invertebrates. Vivid portraits reveal the stunning color and variety of these creatures, and elegantly combine art and science. In this lecture, Middleton describes her innovative processes of

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