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.

Meet the Artist: Michael Glancy
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Hear from artist Michael Glancy, whose abstract vessels explore nature, science, and metaphysics. Glancy's pieces begin as cell-like patterns and arcane notations jotted down on paper. The objects slowly acquire form and texture, shaped and revealed by cutting, sandblasting, and the

Meet the Artist: Richard Marquis
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Enjoy a free lecture by Richard Marquis, glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects. Marquis has had an extraordinary influence on the development  of contemporary studio glass, in America and around the world. His work is humorous, ironic, smart, and beautifully—some might say

Meet the Artist: Luke Jerram
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In this podcast, the 2010 Rakow Commission recipient, Luke Jerram, discusses his work on the "Glass Microbiology" project. Jerram describes himself as a "color-blind installation artist, who fuses his artistic practice with scientific and perceptual studies." He creates

Meet the Artist: Isabel De Obaldía
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In this podcast, the 2009 Rakow Commission recipient, Panamanian artist Isabel De Obaldía, discusses her work in painting and in glass, including the Corning Museum's new sculpture, Rey del Cenote. De Obaldía's paintings and sculptures incorporate symbols and ideas from ancient Panamanian

Meet the Artist and Astronaut: Josh Simpson & Cady Coleman
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Artist Josh Simpson and his wife, Cady Coleman, a renowned astronaut, provide a joint lecture. Simpson creates wondrously detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass. Coleman spent six months on the International Space Station in 2011. They will discuss their unique

Meet the Artist: Susan Plum
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Plum envisions a world that is inclusive, culturally diverse, and aesthetically vital, and she has cultivated an artistic language that makes connections between the mythic world and the real. In her installations, she seeks to create a space in which to experience unity and connectedness despite

Meet the Astronaut: Cady Coleman (Grades 5 and Up)
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Astronaut Cady Coleman spent six months on the international Space Station in 2011. Hear her talk about her career and the exciting world of space. Make connections with curriculum-- social studies, humanities, science, music, and more. (Recommended for grades 5 and up.)

Meet the Astronaut: Cady Coleman (Grades K-4)
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Astronaut Cady Coleman spent six months on the international Space Station in 2011. Hear her talk about her career and the exciting world of space. Make connections with curriculum-- social studies, humanities, science, music, and more. (Recommended for grades K-4.)

Meet the Astronomer: Scott Kardel
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Hear from Scott Kardel, the public affairs coordinator for the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center for astronomical research that is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. There are five telescopes used at Palomar, including the 200-inch Hale Telescope (the "Big

Meet the Artist: Fritz Dreisbach
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Studio glass pioneer Fritz Dreisbach offers a survey of the first decades of American studio glass. Dreisbach was a founding member of the Glass Art Society, 2002 recipient of the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an unofficial historian of the American Studio Glass movement. He was

Meet the Artist: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg
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"Masters of Studio Glass: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg" was the first in a series of focus exhibitions celebrating the diverse work of contemporary studio glass artists. It examined the careers of two well-respected artists who work in glassblowing and glass casting. While

Meet the Artist: Beth Lipman
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Beth Lipman was recorded on June 11, 2007. Lipman creates hand-sculpted still lifes in glass, which most often take the form of sumptuous foods and/or fragile tablewares arranged on a base, in a frame, and later, on tables and other furnishings. Her works explore

Meet the Artists: Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent
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Jiri Harcuba, a renowned artist and educator, is known for his simple, yet elegant, portraits in glass. He treats all his subjects in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical effects to create their individual profiles. His student and emerging artist, April Surgent, takes

Meet the Artist: Dante Marioni
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Dante Marioni's sophisticated and boldly colored contemporary vessels are inspired by ancient Greek and Etruscan forms that reflect the rich history of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes. The son of studio glass pioneer Paul Marioni, Dante learned traditional Venetian glassblowing

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

Meet the Artist: Tom Patti
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Tom Patti is a widely respected artist who has devoted much of his career to researching different formulations of glasses and hot-forming techniques and to exploring industrial and architectural glass as a sculptural medium. Over the last 35 years, he has used glass to build and define spaces that

Meet the Artist: Kristina Logan
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create both jewelry and functional objects. A committed educator, Logan travels extensively, teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and

Meet the Artist: Karen LaMonte
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Karen LaMonte's monumental sculptures in cast glass, and her smaller cast glass reliefs and mirrors, have received international attention. This lecture, part of the Museum's popular Meet the Artist series, focused on LaMonte's creation of the Museum's major sculpture, Evening

Meet the Artist: Michael Rogers
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Michael Rogers was recorded on March 29, 2007. Michael Rogers combines glass and found objects in his symbolically-charged work. There is a strong literary character to his vessels and sculpture, which are often covered in writing. The words are sometimes quotes from

Meet the Artist: Zora Palová
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Artist and 2008 Rakow Commission recipient Zora Palová presented a lecture about her work in October, 2009. Palová lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she creates large-scale cast glass sculpture with her husband, the glass sculptor Štěpán Pala. Palová's use of the material is