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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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 http://renvenetian.cmog.org/object/aqua-rings-simple-tumbler The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a

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 http:/

Hugh Salkind Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Hugh Salkind demonstrates for Suellen Fowler's class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms. Hugh makes a marble at the torch using gold to create a pattern on one side and a fish-scale or dot stacking pattern on the flip side. https://www.cmog.org/event/live-streamed

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban
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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

Oeuvres de René Lalique: Nöel 1933.
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René Lalique et cie, Paris, France. 55247 Nöel 1933 Verreries de René Lalique Paris: [René Lalique et cie, 1933] [15] p.: ill.; 19 cm. Lalique, René, et cie Trade catalog. Includes prices. Includes pieces edged with glass balls, possibly the inspiration for Imperial's "Candlewick.

Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope
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Glass has long made it possible for people to see the unseeable. The earliest glass “lenses” were actually magnifiers placed directly on objects, helping their users to inspect or read documents that strained their eyesight. True lenses that improved vision appeared first in spectacles around 1285,

Enameled Glass Vessels, 1425 B.C.E.–1800: The Decorating Process
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The earliest glass vessel decorated with enameling dates from about 1425 B.C.E. 1 It successfully combines one of humankind’s oldest creative urges (the desire to draw on things) with one of the most advanced technologies of the ancient world (glassmaking). Today, essentially the same process

A Fragment of Roman Glass Decorated with Enamel
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In 1975, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired a fragment with enameled ornament that was attributed to the late Hellenistic or early Roman period. 1 It was purchased in the marketplace, and the Museum has no record of its history. The purpose of this note is to suggest that it may have been

Sīrāf 1970-1, site [triangle] J building [square] A: draft report.
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Whitehouse, David, 1941-2013. British Institute of Persian Studies. 139563 Sīrāf 1970-1, site J building A [1970] [160] p.: photographs, plans; 27 cm. Title from cover. In title, the J is written inside an equilateral triangle and the A is written inside a square. Some pages are blank. Notes are

Siraf 69-70: pottery and small finds / David Whitehouse.
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Whitehouse, David, 1941-2013. British Institute of Persian Studies. 139560 Siraf 1960-1970 Pottery and small finds [1969-1970] [80] leaves; 27 cm. Title from cover. Many pages are blank. The number 65 is written inside the front cover. "General notes on Islamic pottery"--P. facing p. [1].

Behind the Glass: Guest Speaker Ursula Ilse-Neuman
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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

Behind the Glass: Spencer Finch
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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

Celebrating a Century of Americana: Collecting Pyrex, Collecting Culture
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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

Contemporary Art + Design Wing Time-lapse
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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,

New Pyrex gifts [advertisement]: so much beauty... so many uses!
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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

Exciting... new Cinderella bowl set by Pyrex [advertisement].
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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.

Just in time for Christmas giving... [advertisement]: new Pyrex ware decorator casseroles!
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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;

Mother's Day gifts... for June brides, too! [advertisement]: give time-saving Pyrex ware!
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Corning Glass Works. [Ladies' home journal 1956] 98287 [S.l.: s.n., 1956]. [1] 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.

Now--from the makers of Pyrex ware... Desert Dawn [advertisement].
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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

Now it's Pyrex dinnerware! [advertisement]: never before, dishes so smart, so beautiful with such amazing strength!
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Corning Glass Works. [Life] [1953] 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":

Pyrex bakingware in color [advertisement].
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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

Behind the Glass Lecture: Ayala Serfaty
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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

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Richard Whiteley
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"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

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Silvia Levenson
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“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

Live-Streamed Studio Demo: James Mongrain (Sept 2, 2015)
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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: Museum Gaffer
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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 Window Machines: Sheet & Plate Glass
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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

On a Pool of Tin: Float Glass
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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

Magnificent House Altar from 1500s Restored
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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

Jobs in a 19th-Century Glass Factory
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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

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