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.
Guest speaker Ursula Ilse-Neuman talks on the history of glass jewelry and concepts in contemporary glass jewelry, including the work of the 2015 Rakow Commission recipient, Swiss studio jeweler Bernhard Schobinger. Ms. Neuman has been a curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and
Spencer Finch uses poetry, art history, history and science to investigate the mechanics of perception. In locations all over the world including the ancient city of Troy (in present-day Turkey); Rouen, France; Monument Valley, Utah; and Emily Dickinson's home in Amherst, Massachusetts--he has
The collectors' panel, "Celebrating a Century of Americana: Collecting Pyrex, Collecting Culture," features four experienced collectors in the field of Pyrex acquisition and research, who will enlighten and entertain with advice about America's favorite dish. This panel was part
See all of the construction of the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing condensed into 2 minutes and 14 seconds! https://www.cmog.org/contemporary Also watch highlights from the construction including the lift of the steel wall that became the 150 ft porch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbT3Vxwrvok,
Corning Glass Works. 141182 So much beauty... so many uses! 1 page: color; 32 x 25 cm paper ink print single sided Advertisement features eight images of various Pyrex gifts. Image on upper left, with title, is of three boxed Pyrex gift sets. Image on upper right corner is of "Kaffee Klatch
Corning Glass Works. 141130 1 page: color; 34 x 14 cm paper ink print single sided Advertisement features central image of four bowls, in varying sizes, in turquoise and white with butter-print pattern. Two bowls are in turquoise on white and two in white on turquoise. Some text featured as well.
Corning Glass Works. 141137 New Pyrex ware decorator casseroles! 1 page: color; 34 x 15 cm paper ink print single sided Advertisement features images of various Pyrex casseroles that seem to float above pine bough candle holder. Casseroles include: turquoise snowflake pattern on white casserole;
Corning Glass Works. [Ladies' home journal 1956] 98287 [S.l.: s.n., 1956].  p.: col. ill.; 36 x 26 cm. Unit 7, Drawer 7 Advertisement for Pyrex ware including color bowl set, oven-refrigerator-freezer set, teapot, double boiler, percolator, casserole, mixing bowl set, and dinnerware.
Corning Glass Works. [Life] [August 1, 1955] 98313 1 page: color; 36 x 27 cm paper ink print single sided Unit 7, Drawer 7 Advertisement features image along left edge of cactus with desert dawn in background. Featured on lower right portion of advertisement are various pieces of baking ware in
Corning Glass Works. [Life]  141168 2 pages: color; 36 x 27 cm each paper ink print single sided Advertisement, on two page spread, features dinner table set for four in Flamingo pattern with 22-carat gold bands. Below, on lower right, are images for all four "high-style colors":
Corning Glass Works. 141103 1 page: color; 36 x 26 cm paper ink print single sided Advertisement features central image of hand lifting lid off flamingo colored covered bowl casserole dish. Image is captioned "Perfect colors for your table". Smaller image, on lower left corner, is of lime
Israeli designer Ayala Serfaty talks about her sculpture "Soma 2015," on view now at the Museum. https://www.cmog.org/artwork/soma-2015 Serfaty’s Soma series is both functional lighting and conceptual sculpture, inspired by landscape formations. Serfaty worked for six years to develop the
"One of my big motivations for teaching is to share the information that I have and learn from other people working in the medium of cast glass. I think it’s a very exciting medium for contemporary art and I’d love to see more work done in this area" says Richard Whiteley. https://www
“My role when I am teaching is to just push people to make. For being a good dancer, you don’t need to know a lot about technique – you have to stand up and dance,” says Silvia Levenson. https://www.cmog.org/bio/silvia-levenson Levenson believes her work is an expression of her soul. She uses glass
Watch as James Mongrain demonstrates for his class, Goblets: Form and Function, which focused on developing contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking. See a photo of the finished pieces on the event listing on our website http://www.cmog.org/event/live
Carl Siglin began blowing glass in 2003 when he was hired as a technician at The Studio. Prior to his work in glass, Carl, who attended Syracuse University's School of Architecture, ran his...
The mighty glowing columns that stand like pillars in a ghostly cathedral... -Anonymous At the beginning of the 20th century, there was no way to mass-produce flat glass. Although glass cylinders could be drawn by machine, they had to be opened and flattened by hand. What was needed was a way
The auto and building industries boomed after World War II. Plate glass was in extremely short supply. Twin-grinding—used all over the world to make the glass—was too costly and too slow to keep up with the demand. Could high-quality glass be made without grinding and polishing? Alastair Pilkington
On August 2, 2007, a beautiful, fully restored 16th-century German house altar (59.3.39) was put on display for the first time since its acquisition by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1959. The altar is 49.6 cm tall, and contains seven reverse-painted glass panels. These depict scenes of the
In a typical glass factory in earlier times, most workers would work as unskilled laborers. An unskilled laborer was usually called "boy," a term which did not refer to the age of the individual. Although girls were known to perform other work, they often worked as inspectors and packers
One of the most noteworthy contributors to the development of the first paperweight was the 19th century Venetian glassmaker Pietro Bigaglia. Bigaglia’s family owned glassmaking shops in Venice as early as 1674. He made mirrors as well as lamps and window panes decorated with filigree and
Since ancient times, perfume bottles have served to contain the most subtle of mysteries: delightful, seductive scents. Before glassblowing, ancient Egyptian artisans fashioned exquisite containers from alabaster, metals, precious stones, and core-formed glass to hold their highly valued perfumes.
A little more than 2,000 years ago, a Roman glassworker did something that dramatically changed the course of history. He blew a puff of air through a hollow %%rod%% into a gob of hot glass. The gob inflated into a bubble. At that moment, glassblowing was born. Glassblowing provided a way to make
At the time that [studio glassworking] began, not one of us involved was aware of the speed with which it would spread. Not only nationally, but internationally. — Dominick Labino, undated manuscript Dominick Labino’s contributions to 20th-century glassmaking were wide-ranging and innovative.
Glass manufacturers had spent centuries learning how to make flat glass. Now, they wanted to bend it into complex shapes—without marring its surface. Anything that touched the surface of the hot glass could leave a mark. The first curved windows were made by slumping. A glass sheet was placed in a
April Surgent rethinks engraving and cameo techniques, reaching back to antiquity to create works that look painterly, photographic, and contemporary. Her images come to light through precise cutting and the grinding away of fused glass layers, usually milky white on the top with darker strata
Do you know the difference between the Czech Republic and Bohemia? The short answer is that there is practically none. Both names refer to nearly the same region, and they are used for historical reasons. From the Middle Ages to 1918, Bohemia was the name of what is today the major part of the
In Renaissance Europe, the compulsion to copy Venetian glassmaking styles and techniques was no simple fashion fad. The glass was clearly superior in almost every way. The glass was called “cristallo” because it was clear and colorless, a quality the Venetians achieved as early as 1440 by making it
In 1879, the brilliant inventor Thomas Edison was on the verge of a breakthrough. He had discovered a slow-burning filament that would glow for hours in the vacuum of a glass globe. But to create the first practical electric light, he needed a glass globe that would not implode when the air was
Certain types of colorless, transparent glasses, when exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time, develop a pink or pale purplish color. Bottles, insulators, and other objects having their color changed in this way are often called "desert glass," but the scientist prefers the term