All About Glass

All About Glass

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Hollow Torso and Omagh (509)
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Hollow Torso and Omagh play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 509 Hollow Torso Clifford Rainey (British, b. Northern Ireland, 1948)

Material Culture (505)
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Material Culture play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 505 Beth Lipman (American, b. 1971) United States, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and

Contemporary Glass (501)
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Contemporary Glass play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 501 A major development of the Studio Glass movement has been the use of

King Amenhotep II- Family
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This small masterpiece is a 3500-year-old portrait of an Egyptian king. Under certain conditions, glass "weathers" (deteriorates). When it was new, the head was deep blue. Centuries of burial have altered the surface to a stone-like tan color.

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
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The innovations and artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) were explored in the winter of 2010 in two new Museum exhibitions. Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collections (November 1, 2009 – October 31, 2010), was shown on the Museum’s West Bridge. It featured nearly 60 of

“Flexible” Roman Glass?
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There are three sources that concern the story of the “flexible” glass of first century Rome: Pliny’s Natural History, Petronius’ Satyricon, and Dio Cassius’ Roman History. Petronius (d. 63 A.D.) published the story before Pliny, who completed his encyclopedia in 78 A.D. Dio Cassius’ story is much

Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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East Influences West In Western Europe, the influence of East and South Asian products imported by the English, Dutch, and French East India Companies in the 18th and 19th centuries had a significant impact on style and art. European artists, fascinated by Oriental designs, architecture, and

Medieval Glassmaking in the Levant
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In 1973, a sponge diver reported the discovery of an underwater shipwreck at Serçe Limani on the south coast of Turkey, opposite Rhodes. The wreck was investigated by Professor George Bass, of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, between 1977 and 1979. His investigation revealed that part of the

Prince Rupert’s drop
Glass Dictionary Term

A solid, hollow glass object, about two inches long, with a bulbous end and a narrow, curving “tail.” It is made by dropping a blob of hot glass into cold water and leaving it there until it has cooled. The rounded end resists a blow, but because of internal stress due to the absence of annealing,

Botanical Wonders: Glass Flowers
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Botanical Wonders: Glass Flowers play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 808 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass

Price list adopted by the United Green Glass Workers' Association of the United States and Canada, for the blast of...
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United Green Glass Workers' Association of the United States and Canada. Price list adopted by the Glass Bottle Blowers' Association of the United States and Canada, for the blast of... (OCoLC)32882909 127278 List of prices, blast of... [S. l.]: United Green Glass Workers'

Blaschkas’ Glass Models of Invertebrate Animals (1863–1890)
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The story of the Blaschkas begins in the small town of Böhmisch Aicha (now Cˇesky´ Dub in the Czech Republic), where Leopold’s father continued the family tradition of flameworking. When Leopold was a student, his favorite  subjects were natural history and painting, and a visiting artist urged him

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part Two
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th/14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob disassembled

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part One
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th/14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob disassembled

The Glass Giant
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For the American astronomer George Ellery Hale, bigger was always better. In 1897, at the age of 29, he had become director of Chicago’s new Yerkes Observatory, whose 40-inch refracting telescope remains the largest instrument of its kind in the world.  The lenses of refractors collected and

Annagelb
Glass Dictionary Term

(German) Two types of glass colored by adding uranium oxide to the batch. Annagelb is yellow, and Annagrün is green. They were developed by Josef Riedel (1816-1894), who named them for his wife, Anna, and they were made from 1834. Annagrün annagelbs annagruns Uranium glass

Alabastron
Glass Dictionary Term

(from Greek), alabastrum (from Latin) A small bottle or flask for perfume or toilet oil, usually with a flattened rim, a narrow neck, a cylindrical body, and two small handles. Alabastrum Alabastron

Air trap
Glass Dictionary Term

An air-filled void, which may be of almost any shape. Air traps in stems are frequently tearshaped or elongated and spirally twisted. air traps Air lock Diamond air trap Pegging Twist Goblet

Blowing
Glass Dictionary Term

The technique of forming an object by inflating a gather or gob of molten glass on the end of a blowpipe. Traditionally and in modern furnace working, the gaffer blows through the tube, slightly inflating the gob, which is then manipulated into the required form by swinging it, rolling it on a

Cracking off
Glass Dictionary Term

The process of detaching the unwanted portion of the parison from the blowpipe and the intended rim. cracks off cracked off

Overblow
Glass Dictionary Term

A by-product of mold blowing, this is the portion of the parison that remains outside the mold. The overblow, or moil, is usually removed by cracking off. over-blow overblows over-blows Moil

Moil
Glass Dictionary Term

The unwanted top of a blown object. When the last stage in the forming process is the removal of the object from the blowpipe, the result is a narrow opening that almost certainly is not what the glassblower desires. After annealing, therefore, the top of the object is removed, usually by cracking

Pincers
Glass Dictionary Term

A glassworker’s tool used for decorating objects by pinching the glass while it is hot. pincer

Snuff bottle
Glass Dictionary Term

A small bottle (in China) or box (in Europe) for powdered tobacco, or snuff. The habit of inhaling snuff, which spread to Europe from the Americas in the 17th century, was introduced to China in the 18th century. snuff bottles snuff-bottle snuff-bottles snuffbox snuffboxes snuff box snuff boxes

Vetro di trina
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian, “lace glass”) A term loosely applied to various types of vetro a reticello. Vetro a reticello Plate

Exhibitions Podcast Episode 2: Tiffany Treasures- February 10, 2010
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents  Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collections, an exhibition featuring blown-glass works by Tiffany Studios, on view at the Museum through October 31, 2010 and Tiffany Treasures: Design Drawings by Alice Gouvy and Lillian Palmié, featuring

Toots Zynsky
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When I hear music, it translates into color.—Toots Zynsky Toots Zynsky’s distinctive heat-formed  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

Soft glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A generic name for glass (e.g., soda-lime glass) with a relatively high coefficient of expansion. The term hard glass (e.g., borosilicate glass) refers to glass with a relatively low coefficient of expansion. soft glasses soft-glass soft-glasses

Spechter
Glass Dictionary Term

(German) A drinking glass made in the Spessart region of Germany in the 16th century. Although the term is frequently applied to a tall glass resembling a Stangenglas, there is no proof that the usage is correct. spechters speckter speckters

Spill holder
Glass Dictionary Term

A tall, narrow vessel for spills. Spills are thin strips of wood, or folded or twisted pieces of paper, used for lighting candles, pipes, etc. spill holders spill-holder Taperstick

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