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.

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...

Studio Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his furnace working class, Creating and Using Murrine, based on a Muranese technique called tociar piere—the roll-up t...

Studio Demonstrations: Alex Brand
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Watch Alex Brand demonstrate for his Color Working Techniques course at The Studio. This course will present various color working techniques and teach students to infuse their glassmaking with color. The class will focus on various types of incalmo work; the hot joining of two or more separate

Studio Demonstrations: Raven Skyriver
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Watch Raven Skyriver demonstrate for his Under Construction class at The Studio. This sculpting class will teach students how to construct the objects that t...

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which will focus on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing the freedom to explore process, as well as the potential of the material.

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: 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

Studio Demonstrations: Jiří Harcuba
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Watch Jiří Harcuba demonstrate for his Studio course, Glass Carving, Engraving, and Cold Construction, which will focus on how to engrave glass blocks and vessels with stone, diamond, silicon carbide, and copper wheels. Students will learn various cutting methods and investigate the optical effects

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: Ethan Stern
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Watch Ethan Stern demonstrate for his Studio course, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, in which focus will be placed on investigating glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.

Studio Demonstrations: Michael Schunke
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Watch as Michael Schunke demonstrates for his Studio course, Goblet Thinking for the Modern World, which will focus on building goblet-making skills through repetition. Students will be required to detach from expectations and remain open to the unexpected, enabling both success and—more