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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Engraving Lathe- Family Technique
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Traditional glass engravers use copper wheels mounted on a lathe. The wheels come in many shapes and sizes. An abrasive slurry drips onto the wheel as the engraver works on the design.

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Untitled (White)" by American artist Josiah McElhany. American artist Josiah McElheny reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Ruffner Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course- Family
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Learn more about "Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course" by American artist Ginny Ruffner.

Modern Glass- Family
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Learn about the ways that glass artists have used artistic expression in the Museum's Modern Glass Gallery.

Musler Cityscape (Family App)
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Artist Jay Musler took a hemisphere of industrially produced Pyrex, cut the rim in the form of an urban skyline (think of the skyscrapers of Manhattan), sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version.

Libenský Red Pyramid- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Red Pyramid" by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, a husband and wife team, collaborated for more than 40 years. These artists pioneered the technique of mold melting, where

LaMonte Evening Dress- Family
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Learn more about "Evening Dress with Shawl" by American artist Karen LaMonte. This five-part cast-glass sculpture is hollow, but suggests a body inside the dress.

Toso Chess Set- Family
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The pieces in Gianni Toso's Chess Set, made in about 1981, are in the form of Jewish and Roman Catholic worshippers. The kings are a rabbi and a bishop. The tiny details of the figures were made by softening glass in a flame and molding it into the desired shapes.

Chihuly Fern Green Tower- Family
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Listen as curators Tina Oldknow and David Whitehouse describe "Fern Green Tower" by American artist Dale Chihuly. Northwest native Dale Chihuly calls glass ' the most magical of materials.' He is probably the best-known artist working in blown glass today, and his sculptures and

Whimsies- Family
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Whimsies are what modern collectors call pieces that were made by individual glassmakers for fun or for show. Glassmakers would make these after their regular work shifts.

Punch Bowl- Family
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Between 1880 and 1915, more cut glass was made in Corning, New York, than anywhere else in the country. This punch bowl was made here by local glasscutters.

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Endeavor" by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of his native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the

Lišková Anthem of Joy in Glass- Family
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Anthem of Joy was created by the Czech designer Věra Liškova. It was made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) over a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Gift of Art Centrum.

Tiffany Landscape Window- Family
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This window, decorated with hollyhocks, trumpet vines and wisteria, came from a mansion overlooking the Hudson River.

Glass Slipper- Family
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The glass slipper was made in Corning, New York to be worn in a movie about Cinderella. The movie was never made, so the slipper was never worn. Gift of Corning Glass Works.

Steuben Cascade Wall- Family
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Cascade Wall was designed by George Thompson and made in Corning by Steuben Glass for its New York City showroom. When it was installed in the showroom in 1959, it had a reflecting pool at the bottom. Gift of Steuben Glass, Inc.

Glass Baseball Bat- Family
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This glass baseball bat was presented to "Honest" Eddie Murphy of the Philadelphia Athletics, winners of the World Series in 1913. The Athletics had a great team. Lent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy.

Paperweights- Family
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Listen as curator, David Whitehouse describes the stages of making a paperweight.

Yoruba Crown- Family
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People have decorated with glass beads for hundreds of years. This crown was made in Nigeria in the mid-20th century.

The Morgan Cup- Family
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This cup is named for JP Morgan, the famous banker who once owned it. It is the only known ancient Roman cameo glass vessel that has survived intact. The scene shows worshippers at a shrine.

Make Your Own Glass Ornament
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Try glassblowing at The Corning Museum of Glass (any age if accompanied by an adult).

Ancient Egyptian Furnace- Family
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This is a full-scale model of half an Egyptian glass furnace. The original is more than 3500 years old.

Trick Goblet (Family App)
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When you try to fill this glass with liquid, some of the tubes and bulbs remain empty. If you try to drink from the glass, the air in the tubes makes the liquid gush out when you least expect it. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the

Core Formed Vase- Family
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Ancient glassmakers discovered a technique called core forming. A core was formed from dung and clay, then dried. The core was covered with glass. After cooling, the core was scraped out. The bottles were used for perfume and cosmetics.

Beaded Basket (Family App)
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Beadwork like this was popular in 17th-century England. A wire frame was formed and decorated with thousands of seed beads. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the app from iTunes or the Android Marketplace to learn more about objects

Glass Harmonica Technique (Family App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass harmonica was made. Benjamin Franklin invented this strange musical instrument. It was popular in the late 18th century. Sounds were made by running moistened fingers along the rims of the glasses. Some people were afraid that this

Richard Wistar Bottle- Family
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The first successful glassmaker in America was Caspar Wistar who began a factory in New Jersey. Before his factory, all glass was imported from England and Europe. This bottle is one of three that are known to come from his factory.

The Corning Ewer Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to create the Corning Ewer, one of the finest pieces of cut glass in the entire Museum! The eggshell-thin colorless glass was covered with a green overlay. After cooling, the green was partly carved away to create the decoration.

Wedding Baskets- Family
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These three baskets were made to contain wedding gifts and are an example of an early form of recycling, as they were returned to their owners to be used again and again at other weddings.

Bottle with Handles- Family
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The discovery of glassblowing was the second most important event in the history of glassmaking after the discovery of glass itself. Because of the ease and speed of manufacture, blown glass vessels began to be used in daily life.

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