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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Guest Artist Demonstration: Jen Violette
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Watch Guest Artist Jen Violette in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. In this demo, Violette creates a large fern branch out of molten glass.

19th Century French Paperweight Makers
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Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint-Louis Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, which is named after the sainted King Louis IX, was founded in Lorraine, France, in 1767 and still exists today. Along with Baccarat, it nearly monopolized the French luxury glass industry for many years. In late

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. Whiteley became

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. The

Stained Glass from Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (Soissons) and Comparisons with Glass from Other Medieval Sites
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The abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes has dominated the urban landscape of the northern French city of Soissons since the 11th century. 1 Formally established in 1076, the abbey was built, rebuilt, sacked, and restored from its founding to the present day. In its Gothic phase, the church measured more

Corning's Near Neighbors: The Cut Glass Companies of the Elmira, New York, Area
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The Elmira Cut Glass Company, the Enterprise Cut Glass Company of Elmira Heights, and Elmira's Majestic Cut Glass Company were three of the many small glass cutting firms that operated in the Southern Tier of New York State during the first two decades of the 20th century. There was a much

Mythological Beakers: A Re-examination
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In 1972, Gladys Davidson Weinberg published a study of 24 vessels and fragments of a type of first-century A.D. mold-blown glass known as a mythological beaker. 1 While subsequent publications have included individual beakers and fragments, they have not been surveyed again as a group, 2 and they

Jury Statements.
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Bruce, Jane and others. New Glass Review, no. 26, 2005, pp. 68-76, ill. 0275-469X AI65735 Essays by Jane Bruce, Martha Drexler Lynn, Tina Oldknow, and Ruth T. Summers. Jane Bruce mentions the following objects in Jury Statement: 122249 p. 68 Jacquard, 87-- 122000 p. 68 Berkower, 5-- 122029 p. 68

You Design It, We Make It
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Try your hand at designing your own glass masterpiece. With You Design It, We Make It!, glassmaking comes alive for Museum guests of all ages. You Design It, We Make It! is a popular program available during the summer and some school breaks at The Corning Museum of Glass. Design a work on paper,

2300° with Pauline Deltour and The Jeff Love Band
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Guest Artist Pauline Deltour on her first experience working with glass: "I definitely want to do more things with glass. It's very alive, very unperfect, but that's what makes the beauty of it." Hear more from Deltour and music from The Jeff Love Band at December's 2300°

Jeff Mack & Eric Meek Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jeff Mack and Eric Meek demonstrate for their class, Cane and Cups, which focused on working in the traditional Venetian style. Students learn cane techniques such as mezza-filigranna, reticello, and zanfirico, incorporating various patterns to create multi-part vessels and goblets. See

Artist-in-Residence: Nisha Bansil
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Nisha Bansil’s work is an exploration of pattern, form, and structure. Living in the woods, she is inspired by observations made in her environment, such as light and shadow in the trees and plants, decay and growth in the life cycles on the forest floor, and the progress of time in the geology of

Glass Ribbon Machine
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Watch one of the world's fastest machines in action. After Thomas Edison developed a practical and durable light bulb filament in 1879, it took time for this technology to take hold, in part because it required a new product: glass envelopes to surround the filament. When Edison first

Toots Zynsky | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Toots Zynsky is known for her distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels, which are unique explorations of color and form. Their exceptional designs are achieved through an interweaving of painting and sculpture. In her lecture, Zynsky shares her creative process and sources for inspiration,

Claire Kelly Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Claire Kelly demonstrates making a blown glass elephant for her class, Raising Cane. Emphasis is placed on proper glassblowing skills such as gathering, blocking, and marvering in order to establish a solid foundation on which to build cane technique.

Giles Bettison Live-Stream Studio Demo
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Watch as Giles Bettison demonstrates for his class, Looking at Patterns and Murrine, which explored the relationships among form, pattern, and color using sheet glass to make murrine canes that can then be used to make vessels, panels, and other objects.

Local Artists Panel | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Pursuing one’s dream to be a working artist can be a challenge. It takes determination, imagination, and pure grit. Many people have built their lives around their craft, but have you ever wondered what it takes to become a full-time, self-sufficient glass artist? From identifying a saleable

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass
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Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, was one of America’s longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957), one that rivaled its better known contemporaries, Tiffany and Steuben. It constantly reinvented and re-invigorated its business through creativity in texture,

Behind the Glass Lecture | Ornaments
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Glass Christmas ornaments, now an essential part of many holiday celebrations, had their humble beginnings in Lauscha, Germany. Experience that origin story and discover how they spread across globe, a migration that includes a special connection to Corning, New York. Regan Brumagen, Reference &

Junior Scientists at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Become a Junior Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore the role of a scientist through hands-on investigation. Students in grades 7 through 9 are invited to join Museum educators, local scientists, and glassworking experts to discover glass properties and processes and to conduct

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

Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliepietra
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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman catches the drama and intensity of maestro Lino Tagliapietra creating his inventive works in glass. Filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass during a special, private workshop and dramatically set to music for a dazzling sensory experience

Lino Tagliapietra- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Artist Lino Tagliapietra shares his love of working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

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

Behind the Glass Lecture: Albert Paley
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American sculptor Albert Paley is best known for his large-scale works in metal, and was selected as the first artist to participate in the Specialty Glass Artist Residency Program, a collaboration between The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Hear Paley speak of his residency work,

Harmony of Fusion: Specialty Glass Resident Albert Paley
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Albert Paley is the first artist to participate in the Specialty Glass Residency, a collaboration of The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Hear from Paley about his experience. In this residency, Paley, who is best known for his large-scale works in metal, is working with Corning

Albert Paley and Corning's Specialty Glass Residency
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Albert Paley is the first artist to participate in the Specialty Glass Residency, a collaboration of The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. In this residency, Paley, who is best known for his large-scale works in metal, is working with Corning specialty glass Code 7056, a

Artist-in-Residence: Steven Ciezki
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Cups and vessel forms are the founding influence on Steven Ciezki's body of work. Achieving these shapes has led him to experiment and apply theory to his process. His work has been exhibited in select group shows across the United States. His early works are a series of "three

Tom Patti- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Tom Patti explains his unique approach to working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

Meet the Artist: Tom Patti
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Tom Patti is a widely respected artist who has devoted much of his career to researching different formulations of glasses and hot-forming techniques and to exploring industrial and architectural glass as a sculptural medium. Over the last 35 years, he has used glass to build and define spaces that

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