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.

Pages

Studio Demonstrations: Michael Schunke
Video

Watch as Michael Schunke demonstrated goblet-making skills for his Studio course, Goblet Thinking for the Modern World. Students detached from expectations and remained open to the unexpected, enabling both success and—more importantly—failure. Students learned the skills to manage these opposite

Meet the Artist and Astronaut: Josh Simpson & Cady Coleman
Video

In March of 2012, artist Josh Simpson and his wife, Cady Coleman, a renowned astronaut, presented a joint lecture at CMoG. Simpson creates wondrously detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass. Coleman spent six months on the International Space Station in 2011. They

60 Years- Hot Glass around the World
Video

Outreach is an important part of the Museum's mission. Each year, the Museum's mobile hot shop travels to art fairs and other museums, providing live glassblowing demonstrations. An all-electric hot shop also sits on the top deck of three Celebrity Cruises ships, where Museum glassmakers

Eric Meek and Eric Goldschmidt at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
Video

At 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest in January 2013, glassblower Eric Meek and flameworker Eric Goldschmidt collaborated to make an amphora with flameworked figures and grapes. See what they had to say about the experience.

Studio Demonstrations: Davide Salvadore
Video

Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his Studio course, Creating and Using Murrine, the Muranese technique called tociar piere —the roll-up technique. It consists of putting a composition of canes, murrine, tesserae, etc., on an iron plate, fusing them together in the glory hole, then rolling the

Master Class 8: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore
Video

Davide Salvadore speaks of his profound love and respect for glass, and his family. He demonstrates working with murrine. Master Class VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (30 minute DVD presented by The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass).

Studio Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
Video

Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his furnace working class, Creating and Using Murrine, a Muranese technique called tociar piere—the roll-up technique.

Studio Demonstrations: Raven Skyriver
Video

Watch Raven Skyriver demonstrate for his Under Construction class at The Studio. In this sculpting class, students learned how to construct the objects that they have been visualizing but haven't yet tackled. Students explored complex color application using the powder booth, emploedy the use

Studio Demonstrations: Ethan Stern
Video

Watch Ethan Stern demonstrate for his Studio course, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.

Studio Demonstrations: Loren Stump
Video

Watch Loren Stump demonstrate for his Studio course, Advanced Floral Murrine, how to use to use a variety of complex murrine components to achieve high detail in miniature floral design. January 11, 2012, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Studio Demonstrations: Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz
Video

Watch Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz demonstrate for their Studio course, A Step-by-Step Approach, in which focus was on refining skills of basic forms such as the tumbler, cylinder, bowl, and bottle. Moving logically from one shape to the next helped students build a solid foundation for the

Studio Demonstrations: Alex Brand
Video

Watch Alex Brand demonstrate for his Color Working Techniques course at The Studio. This course presented various color working techniques and taught students to infuse their glassmaking with color. The class focused on various types of incalmo work; the hot joining of two or more separate blown

Wendell Castle: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 17, 2010
Video

Designer Wendell Castle prototypes a design for martini glasses and pitcher set on GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Dane Jack: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
Video

As a Corning native and the younger brother of a glassblower, Dane Jack was exposed to glass from a young age. Jack took Dan Mirer's Glassblowing, Design, Production class with the assistance of the Celebrity Cruise Scholarship fund. Learn more about the Celebrity Cruises Glassmaking

William Gudenrath- Artist's Choice Tour
Video

Glass artist William Gudenrath shares his love of one of his favorite pieces in the Corning Museum of Glass, Anthem of Joy by Vera Liskova (79.3.14).

Studio Demonstrations: William Gudenrath
Video

Watch William Gudenrath demonstrate for his Refining and Solidifying Your Techniques class at The Studio. Gudenrath's class focuses on advanced Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems.

Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath
Video

Experience the genius of master glassmaker William Gudenrath in the latest installment of the Glass Masters at Work series. Like the others in the series, this film was shot at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass by award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman.

Studio Demonstration: Lino Tagliapietra (Demo One)
Video

Many American studio glass artists turned to the traditional glassworking centers of Venice, central Europe, and Scandinavia for inspiration and knowledge. Lino Tagliapietra, the highly influential Italian maestro and teacher, provided a special glassblowing demonstration for the Museum's

Studio Demonstration: Lino Tagliapietra (Demo Two)
Video

Many American studio glass artists turned to the traditional glassworking centers of Venice, central Europe, and Scandinavia for inspiration and knowledge. Lino Tagliapietra, the highly influential Italian maestro and teacher, provided a special glassblowing demonstration for the Museum's

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
Video

Watch Studio instructor, Martin Janecky, demonstrate hot sculpting for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble in June 2011.

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban
Video

Watch Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban demonstrate for their Studio course, Reinterpreting Italian Techniques, which will focus on reinterpreting the glassblowing techniques that defined Italian glass in the modern era, between 1930 and 1960. A broad survey of hot-working techniques, including

Tools of the Glassmaker
Article

Pictured below are the basic tools used by glassblowers working "at the furnace" (as opposed to those working "at the lamp"- "flameworking" or "lampworking"). They are pretty much unchanged since the first century AD. Incredibly, a Roman-period worker could

Historical Glassmaking Techniques
Article

See glass scholar and artist William Gudenrath demonstrate historical glassmaking techniques. Façon de Venise Goblet Although in the 16th century the maximum penalty for a glassblower leaving Murano, the “glass island” of Venice, to work elsewhere was death, many did. The Low Countries became home

Robin Cass at 2300°: Girlfriends (March 2013)
Video

2300°: Girlfriends featured visiting Rochester, NY glass artist and RIT professor Robin Cass, and a team of her students. Watch as she works with her team to...

Artist-in-Residence: Maria Bang Espersen
Video

Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen seeks to expand the viewer's perspective through her work in glass. By stretching and bending the molten material, her scul...

2300°: Americana (November 15, 2012)
Video

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. T...

Studio Demonstrations: Erica Rosenfeld & Leo Tecosky
Video

Watch Erica Rosenfeld & Leo Tecosky demonstrate for their Studio course, Cross Pollination, which will focus on combining hot, warm, and cold techniques to c...

Mold Blowing
Video

By about AD 20, Roman workers had discovered that a bubble of molten glass could be lowered into a mold and then further inflated to fill the mold. In this way, the full-size vessel, complete with elaborate decoration, was made almost instantly.

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
Video

Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which will focus on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing the freedom to explore process, as well as the potential of the material.

Anne Gant at 2300°: Fire and Wine (January 19, 2012)
Video

Anne Gant is one of the few glass artists to work on paper. Watch as she uses hot glass to make prints and drawings in a fascinating combination of glassblowing and printing or drawing with glass. First, two glassmakers sculpt hot glass into shapes and lines. While the glass is still scorching hot

Pages