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.

Twist Glass
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In the 1930s, the Pairpoint Glass Corporation introduced a bold new design called "twist glass," consisting of swirled stripes of ruby or deep blue glass and clear crystal. The complicated technique, already used in Sweden, required many stages including cold working. Watch as William

Sicilian Glass
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In the second half of the 19th century, many glass firms used experimental techniques to create decorative art glass. In 1878, the Mt. Washington glass company introduced Sicilian glass. As part of their marketing, the company claimed to have used lava, that is, molten rock spewed out by volcanoes,

Reticello
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the Reticello technique. Reticello (Italian, "glass with a small network"), is a type of blown glass made with canes organized in a crisscross pattern to form a fine net, which may contain tiny air traps.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass: From the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties (Revised)
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Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, was one of America's longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957), one that rivaled its better known contemporaries, Tiffany and Steuben. It constantly reinvented and re-invigorated its business through creativity in texture,

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass
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Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, was one of America’s longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957), one that rivaled its better known contemporaries, Tiffany and Steuben. It constantly reinvented and re-invigorated its business through creativity in texture,

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: 1890: Ad for Art Glass
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Lava Vase
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Burmese Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Decorated Peachblow Footed Vase
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Royal Flemish Vase with Camel and Rider
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Royal Flemish Punch Bowl with Brownie Decoration
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Lamp with Silver Fittings
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Water Carafe, cut in Wheeler pattern
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Rose Globe
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Dish
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Kerosene Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: “Puffy” Table Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Butterfly Table Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Electric Table Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Ambero Glass Vase
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Covered Engraved Dish
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Crown Milano Bowl on Stand
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Tazza
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