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.

Pages

Rummer with Raven Seal
Video

Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this George Ravenscroft piece. In March 1674, the English glassmaker George Ravenscroft applied for a patent to make colorless lead glass. Unfortunately, this glass was prone to crizzling, a chemical instability that results in an attack by

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass: From the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties (Revised)
Video

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,

Meet the Artist: Tom Patti
Video

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

Beth She'arim Slab
Video

Listen as former curator David Whitehouse describes the Beth She'arim slab. As in earlier times, Roman glassmaking and glassworking often took place in separate locations. Glassmakers melted raw materials to produce glass. Glassworkers formed the glass into finished objects. Finally, glass

Therman Statom at February 2300°
Video

Artist Therman Statom talks about his glassmaking demonstration at the Museum's February 2300 Degrees event and about his work in general. Statom has works in the Corning Museum of Glass permanent collection, and he also created an sculptural installation for the nearby Corning Incorporated

Blaschka Case (Technique- Museum App)
Video

Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes flameworking (or lampworking), the technique used by the Blaschka's to create the objects in this case at the Museum. The display tells the story of two remarkable lampworkers, Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf, who created in glass

Paul Haigh: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 14, 2010
Video

Designer and architect Paul Haigh works with GlassLab, the mobile glass design program from The Corning Museum of Glass at the Vitra Design Museum during the Art Basel fair 2010. GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and

King Amenhotep II
Video

Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes the glass portrait of King Amenhotep II. Ancient glass sculpture is very rare. This is one of the earliest known glass portraits. It probably shows the head of Amenhotep II, who was ruler of Egypt about 60 years before Tutankhamen. The craft of

Fakes & Forgeries
Video

Listen as former curator David Whitehouse describes glass fakes and forgeries. A fake is a genuine object that has been altered or "improved," usually to enhance its value. A forgery is a copy or imitation of an object, made to deceive people (usually prospective owners) into believing

Artist in Residence: Eliza Au (April 2010)
Video

April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Eliza Au is using the lost wax casting method to create a delicate glass prayer rug, meant to reflect the fragility of religion and belief. Much of her work is influenced by Gothic wrought-iron fences or Islamic tile and textile patterns.

James Irvine: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
Video

Designer James Irvine describes working at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011 during Art Basel. GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass.

Masters of Studio Glass: Jiří Harcuba
Video

Jiří Harcuba is a widely respected artist and educator whose specialty is portraiture in engraved glass. Whether the subjects of his portraits are friends, renowned artists, or historical personalities, Harcuba treats them all in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical

Three Citrus Fruits (Family App)
Video

The Venetians were clever glassmakers. They could make bowls, goblets, and decorative objects such as these citrus fruits, which were meant to be suspended as ornaments. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the app from iTunes or the

Renaissance Enameled Glass Making
Video

Discover how enameled glass was made during the renaissance with the experts at the Corning Museum of Glass. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Making Iridized Glass
Video

Learn about ancient iridized glass and a method for creating iridized glass surfaces. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008. Note: the method portrayed uses stannous chloride fumes, which can be highly toxic

Cage Cup Technique- Family
Video

Cage cups were made by Roman glasscutters in the fourth century AD. The entire vessel was cut from a thick-walled glass hemisphere. The metal attachments show that the object was a hanging lamp. Imagine the shadows the "cage" would have cast as the lamplight flickered.

Meet the Artist: Kristina Logan
Video

Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create both jewelry and functional objects. A committed educator, Logan travels extensively, teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and

Rene Kung: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
Video

Designer Rene Kung describes working at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011 during Art Basel. GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass.

Ewer with Lion Mask
Video

Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this Venetian ewer, 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). Differently patterned milk glass canes were and are used to make glass

Masamichi Udagawa at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
Video

Masamichi Udagawa 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.

Bottle with Handles
Video

Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes a glass bottle with handles. Although glass vessels were never as cheap as earthenware, they had several advantages. They were easy to clean, they did not impart an odor to their contents, and they allowed one to see the contents even when the vessel was

Low-E Glass
Video

Introduced in 1979, low emissivity (low-e) glass uses an ultra thin metallic coating on or in the glass to reflect the sun's rays. Commercial and residential buildings use low-e glass windows to help save energy. The powerful infrared light in sunlight heats up objects such as floors and

Nacho Carbonell: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2010
Video

Nacho Carbonell works on GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Bird-shaped Vessel (Technique- Family App)
Video

Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used to make this bird-shaped vessel. This was an ancient Roman form of packaging. It was filled with perfume, then the tail was sealed by heating it in a flame. To extract the perfume, the user broke off the tip of the tail. This

Core Formed Vase Technique- Family
Video

Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique of making a core-formed vessel. 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

Warrior Vase- Family
Video

This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.

Micheal Glancy- Voices of Contemporary Glass
Video

Artist Michael Glancy is influenced by the European tradition of working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making prunts
Video

This video shows the technique of making prunts, seen on objects in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Installing Still Life with Two Plums at The Corning Museum of Glass
Video

Watch as Warren Bunn and his team install Still Life with Two Plums by Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Trick Goblet
Video

Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this trick goblet, which holds a separate "straw" whose finial resembles the head a stag. To drink from it, one has to suck the liquid through the mouth of the stag while covering a hole in the stem of the vessel. Thus, this glass

Pages