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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Fazzoletto
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A goblet is spun out to form a bowl with a final shape like a handkerchief floating downward after being tossed in the air. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden

Ampollina
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An ampollina is a vessel similar in purpose to the Amphora, but smaller in size. This example has a handle, spout, small flameworked flowers, and a gold-leaf edge. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry

Goblet made from Three Bubbles
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Three bubbles are attached to one another to create this goblet. The first bubble makes the bowl, the second creates the knop, and the third produces the foot. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry

Tazza
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A tazza, a saucerlike bowl on a high stem, is constructed on a blowpipe. The bowl and foot of the object are unfluted glass, and the stem is made by dip molding and twisted to create fluting. The stem has many constrictions. Two mereses are shown. The foot has a folded edge, and the bowl is opened

Spoon
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The spoon created in this video has a twisted handle and prunts that are covered with gold leaf. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance

Reliquary
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A reliquary is a container of sacred relics. This example has suspension loops, a lid, and a finial. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Footed Goblet with Pineapple Dip Molded Cup
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A pineapple dip mold is used to create the pattern on the body of this footed goblet. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the

Goblet with Aqua Stem
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This goblet is built on the blowpipe. It has many constrictions in the stem, as well as an asymmetrical edge. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Lidded Goblet with Aqua Chain
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This lidded goblet has an aqua chain around the body, a merese, and a lid with a finial on the top. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s,

Wineglass with Flameworked Flowers
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This goblet has a stem with many constrictions, pincered bits, a gold-leaf edge, and flameworked flowers. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Wineglass with Coin in Stem
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This wineglass contains a silver coin, which is found in the stem with many constrictions. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

Flared Wineglass with Wings
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In addition to its stem with many constrictions, this wineglass features wings, pincered bits, and a merese. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Three-bubble Cup with Pineapple Dip Molding
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The bowl of this three-part goblet is made by using a pineapple dip mold. The object also includes a merese, a knop, and a foot. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Simple Flared Wineglass
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Built on the blowpipe, this goblet has a slight flare, one constriction in the stem, and a merese. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s,

Small Cup with Two Handles
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This video shows the making of a flared two-handled vessel. The base of the vessel has a kick and a trail around the bottom edge. The symmetrical handles are added as the final step. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by

Glass Ribbon Machine
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Watch one of the world's fastest machines in action. After Thomas Edison developed a practical and durable light bulb filament in 1879, it took time for this technology to take hold, in part because it required a new product: glass envelopes to surround the filament. When Edison first

2300° with Larkin Poe and Jaime Guerrero
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November's 2300° event featured artist Jaime Guerrero who joined the Hot Glass Demo team in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for his demonstration titled Refugees and Pinatas. Larkin Poe, an edgy folk-rock band formed by Atlanta-based sisters Megan and Rebecca, brought their high energy and

Master Class 4: Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi
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This DVD focuses on glass artists from Japan who use the pate de verre technique to form intimate glass sculptures that express a love of nature. Kimiake Higuchi demonstrates the making of a cabbage leaf, while her husband, Shin-ichi, produces a mosaic piece. Although they have no formal training

Master Class 10: Eggshell Thin Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi (Trailer)
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Pâte de verre is a kiln-casting process in which colored powdered glass is packed into a plaster mold, then fired at a high temperature. The result is a rela...

Studio Demonstrations: Tim Drier
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Watch Tim Drier demonstrate for his class, Introduction to Flameworking, in which students will embark on an evolution through glassmaking, beginning with marbles (single cell), through fungus, aquatics, and small land mammals, ending with the human form.

AIDA Scholarship recipient Lisbeth Biger studies pâte de verre with the Higuchis
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With the assistance of a scholarship awarded to her by the Association of Israel's Decorative Arts (AIDA), Lisbeth Biger an instructor at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, made the trip to Corning from Israel this summer to study pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake

Davide Salvadore Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Davide Salvadore demonstrates for his class, Creating and Using Murrine, how to create complex murrine and cane designs, and how to use techniques such as incalmo and rotations of the axis.

George Kennard Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as George Kennard demonstrates for his class, Multiple Gathers, which focused on creating larger-scale work with an emphasis on the mechanics of safely controlling larger amounts of glass, utilizing the bench, working with a torch, moving correctly, and team coordination.

Giles Bettison Live-Stream Studio Demo
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Watch as Giles Bettison demonstrates for his class, Looking at Patterns and Murrine, which explored the relationships among form, pattern, and color using sheet glass to make murrine canes that can then be used to make vessels, panels, and other objects.

Claire Kelly Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Claire Kelly demonstrates making a blown glass elephant for her class, Raising Cane. Emphasis is placed on proper glassblowing skills such as gathering, blocking, and marvering in order to establish a solid foundation on which to build cane technique.

Toots Zynsky | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Toots Zynsky is known for her distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels, which are unique explorations of color and form. Their exceptional designs are achieved through an interweaving of painting and sculpture. In her lecture, Zynsky shares her creative process and sources for inspiration,

The Blaschkas from the Lampworker's Perspective
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Eric Goldschmidt, Properties of Glass Supervisor at The Corning Museum of Glass and artist Wesley Fleming pair up to explore the lampworking techniques of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in this lecture and demonstration. Eric and Wes create glass sea creatures, both duplicating some of the Blaschkas’

Air Twist Stem
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A technique unique to glass, air twist requires very high quality material for success. When sparkling lead crystal became common in 18th-century England, the air twist technique spread rapidly.

Faux Reticello
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This vessel is made using faux reticello, which produces an appearance similar to traditional reticello without the bubble at the intersection of the canes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The

Aqua Rings on Simple Tumbler
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On this simple tumbler, small aqua rings hang freely from loops. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

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