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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Master Class 10: Eggshell Thin Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi (Trailer)
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Pâte de verre is a kiln-casting process in which colored powdered glass is packed into a plaster mold, then fired at a high temperature. The result is a rela...

Taf Shaefer at 2300°: March Madness
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Inspired by the natural beauty of Cape Cod, designer Taf Schaefer designs sculpture and jewelry. She has designed works for Steuben Glass, as well as jewelry...

Lalique Perfume Bottle for Coty from René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
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Hear from curator Kelley Elliott on a select group of object highlights from the exhibition René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass on view May 17, 2014 to January...

Artist-in-Residence: Shelley James
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Shelley James' work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on "combining...

Behind the Glass: Life & Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum with Dr. Paul Roberts
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In AD 79, the Bay of Naples was rocked by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii and Herculaneum—and countless nearby farms, estates, and villages—...

North Wing Addition Steel Wall Timelapse
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http://www.cmog.org/expansion One of the most exciting moments in the construction of the North Wing took place this past weekend April 5-6, 2014. The final...

Behind the Glass: Meet the Artist Mark Peiser
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Mark Peiser is an innovator and an American studio glass pioneer who has never hesitated to explore new directions in glass and glassmaking techniques. Since...

Pendant with Bishop Birds from René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
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Hear from curator Kelley Elliott on a select group of object highlights from the exhibition René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass on view May 17, 2014 to January...

Artist-in-Residence: Alison Lowry
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Irish artist Alison Lowry's works do not shy away from traumatic situations and memories. From Vessels (of Remembrance), her commentary on a horrific child a...

Verzelini Goblet (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make the Verzelini 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

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

Tazza with Medici Arms (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used to make this glass object. This Tazza is enameled with the coat of arms of the Medici family combined with crossed keys and a papal tiara, suggesting that they were made for a member of the church, most probably either Pope Leo

Sketches in the Louvre & Cluny Museums, Paris, from Aug. 22d to Sep. 3d, 1897; also Sevres Museum / F. Carder.
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Carder, Frederick. 104740 Sketches in the Louvre and Cluny Museums, Paris, from Aug. 22d to Sep. 3d, 1897 1897. 1 v.: graphite, watercolor on paper; 19 x 11 cm. Carder/Steuben archive Box 29 Spine hinge is at the top of the pages. Carder sketchbook. Part of the Frederick Carder papers. An image of

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).

The Corning Ewer (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make the Corning Ewer, an outstanding example of Islamic relief-cut cameo glass. A layer of transparent light green glass was applied to a layer of colorless glass. Most of the outer layer was then cut away, leaving the

Lišková Anthem of Joy in Glass (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used by Věra Lišková to create Anthem of Joy in Glass. Lišková was a talented designer who pioneered the use of borosilicate glass for sculpture. Traditionally, borosilicate glass is used for making laboratory wares for scientists,

Blaschka Case (Technique- Museum App)
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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

Desk Set
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes this desk set produced by Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. The problems involved in pressing glass were summarized by a glassmaker in 1849: "If an overplus of metal [glass] be gathered, it thickens the article throughout; but if too little, it

Hilton Innerland (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist Eric Hilton describes the techniques used to create Innerland. This piece is a multi-part sculpture that expresses Hilton's concept of the unity of life and of the "inner being, or inner land, which is shared by all people everywhere." The complex design and

Uncut Crown of Glass (Museum App)
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes an uncut crown of glass. Window glass was one of the most needed products in the new United States, but it was expensive to import. Some window glass factories were started in New Jersey, New York, and New England in the early 19th century. There

Glass Harmonica Technique (Family App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass harmonica was made. 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

European Glass (Family App)
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The European glass cases in the Museum tell the story of glass from the Renaissance in the 15th century to 1900. The Venetians were the master glassworkers of the Renaissance. Later, different parts of Europe produced their own distinctive styles. 

Bird-shaped Vessel (Technique- Family App)
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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.

Marioni Chartreuse Pair- Family
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This particular type of pitcher is modeled after an ancient civilization in Italy called the Etruscans. It's called a becco di oca, which means "goose beak" in Italian.

Bird-shaped Vessel (Family App)
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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. 

Three Citrus Fruits (Family App)
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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.

Beaded Basket (Family App)
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Beadwork like this was popular in 17th-century England. A wire frame was formed and decorated with thousands of seed beads.

Uncut Crown of Glass (Family App)
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One traditional way of making flat glass was to open a bubble of molten glass as if to make a bowl. Using centrifugal force, the glassblower would spin the heated bowl and it would open into a flat disk.

Side Arm Press (Family App)
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The mass production of glass began in the 1820s, when the side-arm press was introduced. Using a press and a mold, two men could make about 100 glasses in an hour. Gift of Debra Ortello in loving memory of her husband, Vincent Ortello.

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.

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