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

Studio Demonstrations: Jim Byrnes
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Watch Jim Byrnes demonstrate for his Studio course, Beginning Flameworking, that will focus on the means more than the end. Students will be guided through s...

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

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

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.

Studio Demonstrations: Davide Salvadore
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Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his Studio course, Creating and Using Murrine, in which the focus is based on a Muranese technique called tociar piere—the roll-up technique. It consists of putting a composition of canes, murrine, tesserae, etc., on an iron plate, fusing them together in the

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

Studio Demonstrations: William Gudenrath
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Watch William Gudenrath demonstrate for his Refining and Solidifying Your Techniques class at The Studio. Gudenrath's class focuses on advanced Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems. William Gudenrath,

Meet the Artist and Astronaut: Josh Simpson & Cady Coleman
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Artist Josh Simpson and his wife, Cady Coleman, a renowned astronaut, provide a joint lecture. Simpson creates wondrously detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass. Coleman spent six months on the International Space Station in 2011. They will discuss their unique

Meet the New Executive Director Karol Wight
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Listen in as Karol Wight, the Museum's new executive director, provides a short lecture to Members.

Meet the Astronaut: Cady Coleman (Grades 5 and Up)
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Astronaut Cady Coleman spent six months on the international Space Station in 2011. Hear her talk about her career and the exciting world of space. Make connections with curriculum-- social studies, humanities, science, music, and more. (Recommended for grades 5 and up.)

Meet the Astronaut: Cady Coleman (Grades K-4)
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Astronaut Cady Coleman spent six months on the international Space Station in 2011. Hear her talk about her career and the exciting world of space. Make connections with curriculum-- social studies, humanities, science, music, and more. (Recommended for grades K-4.)

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

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

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.

Meet the Artist: Fritz Dreisbach
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Studio glass pioneer Fritz Dreisbach offers a survey of the first decades of American studio glass. Dreisbach was a founding member of the Glass Art Society, 2002 recipient of the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an unofficial historian of the American Studio Glass movement. He was

Studio Demonstrations: Kristina Logan
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Watch as Kristina Logan demonstrates beadmaking during her Beadmaking: Expanding Your Skills class at The Studio. Logan's week-long course focuses on a broad spectrum of techniques: surface decorations, dots galore, clear casing, working large beads, and troubleshooting common mistakes and

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.

Meet the Artist: Klaus Moje
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Enjoy a lecture by Klaus Moje, an artist whose work is based on traditional glass mosaic techniques that he has reinvented through kiln-forming. Throughout his successful career, he has pushed himself and glass beyond traditional technical skills into the realm of abstract art. Born in Germany,

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