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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Chad Phillips at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Chad Phillips at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

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.

2011 Rakow Commission Artist: Ann Gardner
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The first mosaic artist to be awarded a Rakow Commission, Gardner creates large-scale sculptures and installations with shimmering glass tiles that transform space. With their reduced forms and subtle decoration, Gardner describes her sculptures as quiet and simple. Most work in mosaic is

Joel Philip Myers- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Joel Philip Myers shares his excitement about how the Studio Glass Movement has evolved over the last 40 years. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

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.

Glass Harmonica (Family App)
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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 strange music would drive them crazy. This piece is featured in the Museum's app,

Liquid Fusion: Glass Design Workshop at Boisbuchet, 2006
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Liquid Fusion: Glass Design Workshop is an annual workshop CMOG conducts with the Vitra Museum at Domain de Boisbuchet, in Lessac, France. Film by Deidi von Schaewen, editing by Giona Messina.

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

Cup with Gladiators (Family App)
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Much like today, sports fans throughout history have enjoyed drinking from cups decorated with pictures of their heroes. This cup is decorated with pictures of famous gladiators. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the app from iTunes

GlassLab at Design Miami 2007
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A Collaboration of The Corning Museum of Glass + Vitra Design Museum. GLASSLAB brings the ancient processes and skills of glassmaking together with creative and innovative minds in the design world. Contemporary designers, working with Corning Museum of Glass glassmakers in a unique mobile hot

Verzelini Goblet
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Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this glass goblet. Venetian glassmakers were hired in England during the 16th century. One of them was Giacomo Verzelini. In 1571, he was brought to London by Jean Carré, a French native and owner of the Crutched Friars Glasshouse. Carré

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

Stanislav Libensky & Jaroslava Brychtova- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Artists Libensky and Brychtova work together to create another dimension in glass art. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

The Morgan Cup- Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make the Morgan cup. The rarest and most elaborate luxury vessels of the early Roman Empire are cameo glasses. These objects were inspired by relief-cut gems of banded semiprecious stones, such as onyx. Glassmakers cased

Meet the Artist: Beth Lipman
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Beth Lipman was recorded on June 11, 2007. Lipman creates hand-sculpted still lifes in glass, which most often take the form of sumptuous foods and/or fragile tablewares arranged on a base, in a frame, and later, on tables and other furnishings. Her works explore

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries
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East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries at The Corning Museum of Glass November 18, 2010- October 30, 2011, explores the cultural exchanges of glassmaking between the East and West and documents stylistic developments in Western Europe and East

Ewer with Lion Mask (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this ewer known as cane work or filigrana. This Venetian ewer is made with milk glass canes and decorated with applied lion-mask prunts (small ornaments that are like medallions stuck to the outside of a vessel).

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

St. Peter's Square
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes this micromosaic panel in a carved gilt wood frame. The panel shows a view of St. Peter's Square in Rome at the time of a Sunday benediction by Pope Leo XIII. The Pope can be seen in the background standing on the balcony blessing a large gathering

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

Meet the Artists: Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent
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Jiri Harcuba, a renowned artist and educator, is known for his simple, yet elegant, portraits in glass. He treats all his subjects in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical effects to create their individual profiles. His student and emerging artist, April Surgent, takes

Steven Ladd: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Designer Steven Ladd talks about his experience working with GlassLab at Design/Miami 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

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.

2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference
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www.glassart.org Hope to see you in Corning, NY-- "America's Crystal City" for the 2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference.

Blaschka Eyes
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes these glass eyeballs made by the Blaschkas. When the curators of natural history museums displayed the mounted skins of elephants, lions, tigers and gorillas, they substituted the animals' real eyes with glass eyes made by Leopold and Rudolf

Sebastian Errazuriz at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Sebastian Errazuriz at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A design program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Francisco Costa at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Francisco Costa at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Hedwig Beaker (Family App)
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This is a medieval mystery. No one is certain where or when this cut glass beaker was made. It is named for St. Hedwig of Silesia (modern Poland). Fewer than 20 of these beakers are known to exist. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download

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