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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Artist-in-Residence: Justin Ginsberg
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With a material as fragile and unpredictable as glass, artists need to be flexible—and it’s exactly that flexibility that intrigues Justin Ginsberg. A visual artist, Ginsberg investigates the “unusual properties” of glass, and its “extraordinary ability to flex and bend when made very thin.” His

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky (August 20, 2014)
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Watch as Martin Janecky demonstrates for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which focused on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting.

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Studio instructor, Martin Janecky, demonstrate hot sculpting for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble in June 2011.

Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, on August 21, 2013.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky (August 12, 2015)
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See photos of the final piece out of the annealer.  Watch as Martin Janecky demonstrates sculpting a large horse head for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which focused on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting from within the bubble.

Artist-in-Residence: Jenny Trinks
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Complex but logically composed, Jenny Trinks' works are inspired by architecture and urban spaces. 

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 crystal.

Micah Evans Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Micah Evans demonstrates for his class, Design and Function, which focused on cultivating a productive design and the prototyping process.

Stephanie Trenchard & Jeremy Popelka Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Stephanie Trenchard & Jeremy Popelka demonstrate for their class, Narrative Inclusions, which focused on the creative possibilities of sand casting hot glass. 

Making Glass Tubes with a Bubble on the End
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The making of a small glass tube begins with the pulling of molten glass to form a tube. The tube is then reheated with a torch, the end is closed, and air is blown to create a small bubble. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath more The Venetian

Reticello Platter
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This video shows the making of a reticello platter with a folded edge. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. view object information   The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

Quatrefoil Goblet
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In this video, a crimp-edge molding tool sandwiches the glass between a solid form on the inside and metal jaws on the outside to create a quatrefoil shape. This technique would be the last step in the making of a quatrefoil goblet. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

Grant Garmezy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Grant Garmezy demonstrates making a large reptile head for his class, Sparking Life Into Glass, which focused on special techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Amanda Gundy and Denise Stillwaggon Leone (February 4, 2015)
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Watch as Amanda Gundy demonstrates for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing. This demonstration will combine glassblowing in the hot shop with image transfer techniques from Denise Stillwaggon.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Amanda Gundy (Sept 3, 2014)
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Watch as Amanda Gundy demonstrates for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing, where she explored basic forms in glass and builds on fundamental skills. http://www.cmog.org/live Amanda Gundy...

Amanda Gundy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Amanda Gundy demonstrates for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing: In Living Color, a class for beginning students who are ready to focus on technique and problem solving.

Enameled Goblet
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This goblet is made using mezza-stampatura, also known as mezza-forma (Italian, “half mold”). With this technique, vertical ribs are made on the lower part of a blown object by inflating the bottom half of the parison into a dip mold. The goblet shown in this video is decorated with gilding and

Dragon-stem Goblet
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A dragon-stem goblet has many parts, including a bowl, a foot, and a dragon. Dip molding is used to create the dragon, and the parts are attached with glue bits. This goblet has pincered bits, a merese, an avolio, wings, and eyes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

St. Augustine Rouen Goblet
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The Verre des Augustins, made in France in the late 14th century and now housed in the Musée Départemental des Antiquités in Rouen, is arguably the most beautiful goblet made in western Europe before the Renaissance. The manner in which it was made—particularly the construction of its stem—was

Goblet Making on the Blowpipe
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A goblet—bowl, foot, and stem—is made on the blowpipe in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/comparative-table-differences-betwee... The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Later Goblet-Building Process
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In this video, a goblet is made using a technique that was employed in the 19th century and later. The stem and foot are made first, then set aside. Eventually, they are added to the cup with glue bits. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http:/

Phases and Options of Goblet Making
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The five phases of creating a goblet, and many options, are shown in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/introduction-how-use-online-resource The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Ein Gedi Bottle
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This video shows the making of the Ein Gedi bottle, which is dated to the mid-first century B.C. It is now in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/later-first-century-bc-evidence The

Color-Band Bottle
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The small bottle shown in this video is made with bands of color. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/later-first-century-bc-evidence The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By

Gladiator Cup with Handles
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The Chavagnes gladiators cup, made in the mid-first century A.D., was found in eastern France, and it is now part of the Corning collection. It shows pairs of gladiators in combat, and some of their names are known from literary and epigraphic sources. This sports cup, blown in a mold with two

Chalcedony Glass
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How does chalcedony glass react when it is melted and blown? This video supplies the answer. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/object/beaker-chalcedony-glass-and-aventurine The Venetian glass industry

Aqua Rings on Simple Tumbler
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On this simple tumbler, small aqua rings hang freely from loops. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/object/aqua-rings-simple-tumbler The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a

Faux Reticello
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This vessel is made using faux reticello, which produces an appearance similar to traditional reticello without the bubble at the intersection of the canes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http:/

Hugh Salkind Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Hugh Salkind demonstrates for Suellen Fowler's class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms. Hugh makes a marble at the torch using gold to create a pattern on one side and a fish-scale or dot stacking pattern on the flip side. https://www.cmog.org/event/live-streamed

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban
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Watch Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban demonstrate for their Studio course, Reinterpreting Italian Techniques, which will focus on reinterpreting the glassblowing techniques that defined Italian glass in the modern era, between 1930 and 1960. A broad survey of hot-working techniques, including

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