All About Glass
All About Glass
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Watch as Jeff Mack and Eric Meek demonstrate for their class, Cane and Cups, which focused on working in the traditional Venetian style. Students learn cane techniques such as mezza-filigranna, reticello, and zanfirico, incorporating various patterns to create multi-part vessels and goblets. See
Toots Zynsky's distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels enjoy a widespread popularity and deserved acclaim for their often extraordinary and always unique explorations in color. Defying categorization, her pieces inhabit a region all their own, interweaving the traditions of painting,
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
Designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot North Wing addition will include a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world's largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions. Hear from
Max Coyle along with Dr. Manu Prakesh, both experts in applied physics at Stanford University, created Foldscope, an origami-based microscope made of paper. The lens for this paper microscope is a small glass bead. The cost required to make it? Less than one U.S. dollar. Coyle, Prakesh, and their
Watch as Pauline Deltour partners with the Hot Glass Team to design a work in glass unlike anything that has been made in the Amphitheater Hot Shop to date. Deltour pulls from the materials she works with and their properties. Her prime sources of inspiration come from exploring shapes in which
Guest Artist Pauline Deltour on her first experience working with glass: "I definitely want to do more things with glass. It's very alive, very unperfect, but that's what makes the beauty of it." Hear more from Deltour and music from The Jeff Love Band at December's 2300°
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
Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s light-filled Contemporary Art + Design Wing that opened on March 20, 2015, connects the built environment with the natural world in every project he undertakes. The Contemporary Art + Design Wing is no exception. When asked about his approach to the design
A major milestone in the construction of the Museum's North Wing Addition has been reached. Beginning at 5 am on the morning of August 19, 2013, over 40 trucks brought in over 400 cubic yards of concrete to begin pouring the floor of what will be the 26,000 square foot contemporary gallery.
Watch the Museum's team install Kiki Smith's Constellation in the Special Projects Gallery of the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass, which opened March 20, 2015. Constellation is an installation based on the night sky. The circular field of leaves of
One of the most exciting moments in the construction of the North Wing took place April 5 and 6, 2014. The final piece of the steel structure that forms the walls of the contemporary gallery was put into place. This was the single largest piece of steel installed on the site. Three enormous pieces
The technique of glassblowing appeared in Jerusalem in the middle of the first century B.C., and over the course of the next century, this discovery led to additional extraordinary technological developments. Shortly after the discovery of glassblowing, the glassmaker Ennion established the
A short historical documentary initially premiered at the 2016 Glass Arts Society conference via public viewing stations.
A strong understanding of light combined with his ability to recreate organic beauty has allowed Paul Stankard to master capturing the essence of nature in his work. His love of glass as a material is evident, and may be just one of the many reasons why his career has been so successful. The Shops
The Corning Museum of Glass recently hosted guest glassmakers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko. Both gaffers are visiting from the Iittala factory in Finland for a celebration of renowned designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds. Since the first birds entered production in 1972, Birds by Toikka has
Learn about how glass is colored with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Colored glass is made by adding small amounts of metal oxides to the batch.
Watch Davide Fuin as he demonstrates for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, where he shares his vast knowledge and considerable Venetian-style glassblowing skills.
Watch Tim Drier demonstrate for his class, Introduction to Flameworking, how to embark on an evolution through glassmaking, beginning with marbles (single cell), through fungus, aquatics, and small land mammals, ending with the human form.
It doesn't get more complicated than this! Here is the Renaissance Venetian way of making an ornate dragon-stemmed goblet. Pre-made parts are attached using small bits of molten glass as "glue."
This video shows the technique of making a Façon de Venise (a French term meaning "manner, or style, of Venice") goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.
This video shows the technique of making a Spanish wine glass, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.
This video shows the technique of making a St. Augustin (Rouen) Goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.
Glassworkers made ring-shaped decanters as early as the Roman period. Due to their novel shape, much like buoys, the personal flotation devices carried on ships, decanters in the early 20th century were called "lifebuoy decanters." Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the technique.
Glass makers throughout history have gone to great lengths to eliminate all bubbles from glass. But here, we see bubbles purposefully put into the glass for their decorative effect. In this paperweight, the bubbles surround another gather of glass with twisted canes of colored glass. Watch as
Glass that gradually shades from one color to another has ingredients such as uranium and gold, which are sensitive to heat. When part of the object is reheated, it "strikes" or changes color. Heat-sensitive glass became very popular in the late 19th century. Many companies used heat
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.
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,
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
British artist Clare Twomey works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Watch as she partners with the Hot Glass Team in this demonstration.