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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Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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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.

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Studio instructor, Martin Janecky, demonstrate hot sculpting for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble.

Artist-in-Residence: Min Jeong Song (October 2011)
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"I want the viewer to expereince the process of blurring boundaries between cultures by looking at my work." Song studies ornamental styles across time periods and geography, and her work explores how certain attributes of glass can be used to create ambivalent objects: objects that don&

Gayla Lee: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Gayla Lee was first entranced by glass at the age of eight when she encountered a glassblower at a Renaissance festival. Her fascination with the material eventually led her to an apprenticeship in a Baltimore glass studio at the age of 20. Lee took Davide Salvadore's class, Creating and Using

Brandyn Callahan: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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In Portland, Oregon, when he was just ten years old, Brandyn Callahan began learning how to make fused glass from his mother. His interest in glass led him t...

Studio Demonstrations: Jiří Harcuba
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Watch Jiří Harcuba demonstrate for his Studio course, Glass Carving, Engraving, and Cold Construction, which will focus on how to engrave glass blocks and vessels with stone, diamond, silicon carbide, and copper wheels. Students will learn various cutting methods and investigate the optical effects

Cory Dunnington: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Along with stained glass, Cory Dunnington makes fused and cast glass art. Color inspires much of Cory's work, and Heike Brachlow's kilnworking class, Shaping Color: From Raw Materials to Finished Sculpture at The Studio, gave her the unique opportunity to create the colors she wanted to

Studio Demonstrations: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart demonstrate for their Studio course, Flameworking Cocktail, in which the focus will be on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills. Students will be introduced to various techniques using both soft (soda lime) and hard

Studio Demonstrations: Ethan Stern
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Watch Ethan Stern demonstrate for his Studio course, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, in which focus will be placed on investigating glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.

Davide Salvadore: 2011 Studio Demo
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At The Studio, Davide Salvadore instructed on how to apply murrine to blown glass vessels and a Muranese technique called tociar piere. Salvadore comes from a tradition of glassworkers in Murano, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for glass. Davide Salvadore held a week-long workshop May

Studio Demonstrations: Max Erlacher
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Watch Max Erlacher demonstrate for his Studio course, Engraving and Cold Working Techniques, in which this master engraver shares his knowledge of copper, stone, and diamond engraving, and cold working techniques. Max Erlacher has more than 40 years of experience with copper, stone, diamond

Master Class 5: Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo
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In this video, Cesare Toffolo makes both a simple footed bowl and an intricate historical goblet. He hosts a brief tour of flameworked objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and he shares his philosophy of teaching, learning, and creating. Cesare Toffolo is considered to be the

Master Class 6: Kiln Formed Glass with Rudi Gritsch
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Rudi Gritsch, the Austrian kiln forming artist and instructor takes viewers through many of his processes involving the kiln. We follow Mr. Gritsch as he takes his work from the initial phases of design through the detailed setups, firings, and finishing processes, to completed works of art. Master

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

Master Class 7: Beadmaking with Kristina Logan (excerpt)
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned, delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create jewelry and functional objects. In the Master Class video, Logan demonstrates her process of beadmaking at the torch, finishing the glass by cold-working, and

Studio Demonstrations: Michael Schunke
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Watch as Michael Schunke demonstrates for his Studio course, Goblet Thinking for the Modern World, which will focus on building goblet-making skills through repetition. Students will be required to detach from expectations and remain open to the unexpected, enabling both success and—more

Artist-in-Residence: Norwood Viviano
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Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Viviano plans to create urban and/or industrial landscapes out of kiln-cast glass as an extension of his previous

Lauren Hunt: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Drawn to functional forms more than abstract designs, and inspired by makers such as Boyd Sugiki and The Studio's own resident artist Bill Gudenrath, Lauren Hunt gets motivation from her surroundings at The Studio. The skill of these masters is "what you strive for," and Lauren

Studio Demonstrations: Emilio Santini
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Watch Emilio Santini demonstrate for his Studio course, Sculptural Flameworking, which is designed for intermediate students who are interested in sculpting glass at the torch. Students will be introduced to various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate and soda lime glass.

John Shoemaker: Celebrity Scholarship Recipient
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John Shoemaker, a Philadelphia resident and 2012 graduate of Tyler School of Art, came to The Studio this summer upon a recommendation from one of his profes...

Artist-in-Residence: Veronika Beckh (November 2011)
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"In my work, very often, it is good to take a second look." A Berlin-based artist, Beckh has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. Her work invites viewers to disconnect from the noise and chaos of everyday life and to find light, tranquility, and contemplation. Beckh

Artist-in-Residence: Mathieu Grodet
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Mathieu Grodet is a French-born artist living and working in Canada. He creates thin and elegant glass objects in classic Venetian style, engraved with imagery that addresses modern-day ideas and issues. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Grodet will use the Museum's Rakow Library to

Artist in Residence: Mielle Riggie (October 2009)
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Mielle Riggie works with both the strength and fragility of glass to illustrate the dynamics of human emotion or conditions. In her residency at The Studio, Riggie is creating cast-glass sculpture amplifying elements in nature, such as leaves or roots, and recombining disparate parts in ways that

Studio Demonstrations: Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco
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Watch Paul Stankard & Lucio Bubacco demonstrate for their Studio course, Fiore e Angeli (Flowers and Angels), in which they share their signature flameworking styles and techniques in a celebration of flowers and angels.

Artist-in-Residence: Amie McNeel (October 2011)
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"My initial relationship to the arts would probably be observation. Watching things change, watching things grow." Amie Laird McNeel came to The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass as part of the joint Artists-in-Residence partnership with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. A

Master Class 3: Engraving on Glass with Jiří Harcuba
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The Czech artist Jiří Harcuba shows how he engraves with diamond, stone, and copper wheels, creating innovative portraiture on glass with the highest level of craftsmanship. He talks about his life, his work, and his interest in philosophy and psychological studies of major figures. He also

Master Class 1: Cane Working with Lino Tagliapietra (DVD preview)
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Viewers follow the celebrated glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra as he makes canes(delicately patterned rods of glass) and uses them to decorate one of his intricate blown vessels at The Studio. Along the way, he notes the importance of the gather in cane-pulling, offers some observations on the state of

Master Class 4: Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi
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This DVD focuses on glass artists from Japan who use the pate de verre technique to form intimate glass sculptures that express a love of nature. Kimiake Higuchi demonstrates the making of a cabbage leaf, while her husband, Shin-ichi, produces a mosaic piece. Although they have no formal training

Master Class 2: Introduction to Venetian Techniques with William Gudenrath
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William Gudenrath, resident advisor of The Studio, provides instruction in the basics of Venetian glassblowing and creates his own Venetian-inspired glass pieces. The portrait of the artist focuses on his passion for glassblowing, teaching and music. Master Class Series, Vol. II: Introduction to

Artist in Residence: Beth Lipman (April 2011)
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Beth Lipman, artist-in-residence at The Studio, discusses her work.

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