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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Cage Cup Technique- Family
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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.

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. This

Core Formed Vase Technique- Family
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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
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This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.

Egyptian Inlay- Family
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Many pieces go together to make this portrait of an ancient Egyptian. Every piece is glass, except one. Can you tell which piece is not made of glass?

St. Peter's Square- Family
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Examine the small mosaic in its gilded frame. From a distance, it looks like an oil painting. In fact, it's made of thousands of glass tiles, some no larger than the head of a pin.

Drinking Horn- Family
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This drinking horn has a hole in the bottom. The drinker covered the hole with his thumb while the horn was filled. Then he lifted the horn above his face, removed his thumb, and let the liquid pour into his mouth.

Blaschka Case Technique- Family
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During their long careers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka made many thousands of models of small animals and plants. They sold these all over the world, including to Harvard University. Can you guess which objects in this case are not made of glass?

Glass Table and Boat- Family
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Glass furniture like this table was very popular in India. European glassmakers maintained showrooms that were filled with chandeliers, tables, and chairs for sale to kings and princes.

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. These pieces are featured in the Museum's app,

Mechanical Glass Theater (Family App)
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This miniature theater shows the Wedding at Cana. Look closely and you can see that it is made of shells, rock crystal, fabric, and pieces of glass. Some of the figures are attached to levers that allowed them to be moved. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object "Untitled (White)" by American artist Josiah McElhany, who reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Libenský Installation- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Meteor, Flower, Bird" by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, who convey three messages with this sculpture. Meteor, on the left, represents Corning as an international center for the study of glass. The flower, in the middle

The Morgan Cup Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass cup was made.

The Corning Ewer- Family
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This is one of the finest pieces of cut glass in the entire museum! The eggshell-thin colorless glass was covered with a green overlay. After cooling, the green was partly carved away to create the decoration.

Cage Cup- Family
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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.

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. This piece is featured in the Museum's app, specifically in the kid-friendly version. Download the app

Mechanical Glass Theater (Technique- Family App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this mechanical glass theater. This miniature theater shows the Wedding at Cana. Look closely and you can see that it is made of shells, rock crystal, fabric, and pieces of glass. Some of the figures are attached to

Blaschka Case- Family
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During their long careers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka made many thousands of models of small animals and plants. They sold these all over the world, including to Harvard University.

Warrior Vase- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this cameo glass vase. This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.

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