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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Guest Artist Demonstration: Jeff Mack
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See guest artist and Hot Glass Demo team member, Jeff Mack in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Jeff Mack's career as a glassmaker has offered him a variety of opportunities, from factory production to working and studying with world-renowned glass artists. He joined

Behind the Glass: Curators and Collecting
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Did you ever wonder about the people who acquire and care for the works in The Corning Museum of Glass? Hear from our dynamic team of curators as they share information about the Museum's collection, and talk about their experiences, their favorite objects, and how they think about collecting.

Guest Artist: Virgil Ortiz
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The Rockwell Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass collaborated to bring internationally renowned artist Virgil Ortiz to Corning, NY for an opportunity to work in a new medium--glass. From Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, Ortiz strives to use art to blend historic events with futuristic elements in

Guest Artist Demonstration: Pablo Soto
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Watch guest artist Pablo Soto in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. After falling in love with glass while watching Lino Tagliapietra work, Pablo Soto went on to receive his BFA in glass from Alfred University. He has taught all over the United States from Pilchuck to

Guest Artist Demonstration: Eric Meek
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Watch Eric Meek make a "plaidicello" platter in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Eric Meek, Hot Glass Programs Manager at the Museum, got his start in glassblowing at Bowling Green State University. After receiving an MFA from Kent State University, he taught glassmaking in Austria for six

Lauren Hunt: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Drawn to functional forms more than abstract designs, and inspired by makers such as Boyd Sugiki and The Studio's own resident artist Bill Gudenrath, Lauren Hunt gets motivation from her surroundings at The Studio. The skill of these masters is "what you strive for," and Lauren

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Dario Frare
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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. Most recently, he visited Murano, Italy, where he talked with artist Dario Frare.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Livio Seguso
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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. Most recently, he visited Murano, Italy, where he talked with artist Livio Seguso.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Igor Balbi
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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. Most recently, he visited Venice, Italy, where he talked with artist Igor Balbi.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Lucio Bubacco
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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. Most recently, he visited Murano, Italy, where he talked with artist Lucio Bubacco. The

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Cesare Toffolo
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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. Most recently, he visited Murano where he talked with artist Cesare Toffolo. Watch a

Glass Conservation: Hemispherical Bowl with Inlaid Nilotic Scene
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For more on glass conservation visit our conservation page.

Behind the Glass: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany
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Hear the February 13, 2014, lecture from historian and author Paul Doros and the Museum's curator of American glass Kelly Conway about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Conway will introduce Tiffany's work, highlighting the expansive range of artistic objects created during his

2300º: Hot Blues (February 2013)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Hot Blues (February 21, 2013), including music by the Kelly Bell Band, and

60 Years- 200-Inch Disk
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In 1929, Corning Glass Works accepted a commission to make a 200-inch Pyrex disk for use in a reflecting telescope on Mount Palomar in California. After several trial castings of smaller disks, Corning poured a 200-inch disk in 1934. When part of the mold broke loose, the disk was ruined, but it

Brandyn Callahan: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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In Portland, Oregon, when he was just 10 years old, Brandyn Callahan learned from his mother how to make fused glass. His interest in glass led him to flameworking and glassblowing classes and, after high school, a glassblowing apprenticeship. Brandyn now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he

Installing Still Life with Two Plums at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Watch as Warren Bunn and his team install Still Life with Two Plums by Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Behind the Glass: The Art of Seeing at a Distance with Dr. Marvin Bolt
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In 1608, the telescope's unveiling took place at a peace conference between Dutch and Spanish authorities. Which aspects of glass prevented the telescope's invention until 1608, and then enabled its quick spread? Over the past decade, Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of Science and Technology at

Expanding Horizons Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jessi Moore and the Expanding Horizons class demonstrate with special visiting artist Laura Donefer. Expanding Horizons is a week-long program for underserved teens who are top students in their glassblowing classes. The program is supported by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Learn more

Group Tours at The Corning Museum of Glass (Mandarin Chinese)
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English subtitles available, click the CC (closed caption) icon. Corning, New York, has played a very important role in the development of the American glass industry. From beautiful crystal to today's fiber optics, Corning has been home to some of the best and brightest glass innovations. At

Lampworking in the 1800s
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Watch a functional, preserved 19th-century wooden lampworking table, complete with a leather bellows, in action. The Museum’s wooden table is equipped with a foot-operated bellows that acts as an air compressor, pushing air through two hollowed out wooden pipes built into the table. The crossed

Guest Artist Demonstration: Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck
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Collaborative partners Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck are known for their intricate and beautifully formed goblets. Together, they own and operate Vetro Vero glassblowing and design studio in Pennsylvania. Watch their Guest Artist Demonstration live from the Amphitheater Hot Shop.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate for their class, Cups and Color, focusing on goblet-making skills along with color chemistry and melting practice.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini (June 24, 2015)
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Watch as Emilio Santini demonstrated for his class, Flameworking for Everybody, how to realize personal creativity through torch work. Santini was born in Murano, Italy, into a family with 600 years of glassblowing tradition. He currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has recently begun to

Eric Meek: Museum Gaffer
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Eric Meek has been a gaffer at The Corning Museum of Glass since 2005, and now manages the Museum's hot glass programs. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Eric worked at the production studio at the Henry Ford Museum. He went on to receive his MFA from Kent State University

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Jordana Korsen
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Jordana Korsen has been working with hot glass for more than 20 years, focusing on functional work with a sculptural touch. As a glassblower, she creates clean forms with a sense of humor. Korsen has been running the glass program at Franklin Pierce University since 1995. Her architectural

Studio Demonstrations: Jordana Korsen
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Watch Jordana Korsen demonstrate for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing. This class focused on the common problems that arise for students when they have been blowing glass for about a year. The class discussed and worked through examples of glassmaking process that present challenges. Heat and

Guest Artist Demonstration: Kristina Logan
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Internationally known bead-maker Kristina Logan stepped away from the torch to collaborate with Corning Museum gaffers in creating a large blown glass work.

Be Microscopic!
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Take a #cellfie in the Be Microscopic interactive in the Revealing the Invisible exhibition at the Rakow Research Library. This exhibition tells the story of the exploration of the microscopic world from the 1600s through the 1800s. Unleash your sense of discovery as you explore the invisible

John Miller at 2300°: Americana (November 2012)
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Artist John Miller creates his super-sized "Blue-Plate Specials" in glass at the Hot Glass Show during 2300°: Americana. Watch as he turns some American clas...

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