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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Artist-in-Residence: Andrew Erdos
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Andrew Erdos' work is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of social commentary. He says, "I like taking objects that we are comfortable with—like a human's reaction to animals—and exploring how we interact with them. In my work, there is a complex series of relationships

A Conversation with the 2013 Rakow Commission Artist Andrew Erdos
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The title of Andrew Erdos' 2013 Rakow Commission is Ghost Walk Under Infinite Darkness. Erdos' titles often reference ghosts and time, which he considers to be core fascinations of humans as physically intangible but always present entities and emanations. For the Rakow Commission, Erdos

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Simone Crestani
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrated for his class, Developing Your Idea in Boro, how to find the best flameworking techniques to develop their projects.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Simone Crestani (July 22, 2015)
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrated for his class, Developing Your Idea in Boro, how to use borosilicate glass to create many different kinds of objects and sculptures. See a photo of the final demo piece.

Simone Crestani Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrates sculpting a large glass chicken for his class, Developing Your Idea in Boro, which focused on finding the best flameworking techniques to develop your projects.

Artist-in-Residence: Rui Sasaki
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Rui Sasaki is a Japanese conceptual artist whose work centers around the exploration and discovery of subtle intimacy in unfamiliar and familiar spaces, which she refers to as “empty space.” After moving to the U.S. in 2007, she experienced sensations of lost memories, nostalgia, and homesickness.

Master Class 5: Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo
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In this video, Cesare Toffolo makes both a simple footed bowl and an intricate historical goblet. He hosts a brief tour of flameworked objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and he shares his philosophy of teaching, learning, and creating. Cesare Toffolo is considered to be the

Studio Demonstration: Cesare Toffolo
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Watch as Cesare Toffolo demonstrates for his class, Flameworking in the Venetian Style, the traditional approaches for creating Venetian-style goblets using borosilicate glass and a variety of techniques, including color application, filigree, gold leaf, incalmo, air trapped bubbles, and hot

Pablo Soto Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Pablo Soto demonstrated for his class, Design Within Reach, which focused on breaking out of the neoclassical shape universe with focus on bubble set-ups, finding center, and drastic transitions in form.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Davide Penso (August 27, 2014)
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Watch as Davide Penso demonstrated for his class, Venetian-Style Glass Beads, how to create blown beads utilizing the traditional techniques used at the furnace, but with a “baby pipe."

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Marc Petrovic (January 7, 2015)
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Watch as Marc Petrovic demonstrates for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, which focused on freehand hot glass sculpting on both solid and blown objects with an emphasis on off-centered, non-vessel forms. See the final piece.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Kenny Pieper
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Watch as Kenny Pieper demonstrates for his class, Form and Techniques, which focused on traditional and not-so-traditional techniques for making vessels, goblets, and other forms.

Artist-in-Residence: Anna Mlasowsky
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In her April 2013 Residency at The Studio, Anna Mlasowsky created an installation for her solo exhibition at The Factory Museum, in Boda, Sweden. Her goal was to materialize sound through a process based on Cymatics, from the Greek word for wave meaning the study of visible sound and vibrations.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: DH McNabb
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Watch as D.H. McNabb demonstrates for his class, Glass: A Fluid Transfer of Knowledge, which focused on strengthening students' understanding of glassblowing fundamentals including good posture and stance, efficient motion, and team cohesion.

DH McNabb at November 2011 2300°
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Emerging artist D.H. McNabb's work has been shaped by his experiences working with many studio glass artists. At 2300°, he explored folding "paper" airplanes out of sheet glass, and took advantage of the camera inside the glory hole to expose the usually secluded space. Hear from

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: David McDermott
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Watch as David McDermott demonstrates for his class, A Different Way, which focused on combining traditional methods handed down from Swedish, English, Scottish and Italian masters.

Glass Masters at Work: Mark Matthews
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Mark Matthews is renowned for the impressive range of techniques he uses to produce complex geometric patterns and realistic interpretations of animal pelts within glass spheres. For his marbles, Matthews draws heavily from historical influences that span the 3,500-year history of glassmaking. The

Studio Demonstrations: Mark Matthews
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Watch Mark Matthews demonstrate for his Graphic and Color Systems in Glass class at The Studio. This class used colored rods, powders, frits, and techniques such as color overlaying and cane making. Students created combinations of graphic patterns and experimented with color schemes. These

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Mark Matthews (January 21, 2015)
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Watch as Mark Matthews demonstrated for his class, Graphic and Color Systems in Glass, how to create combinations of graphic patterns and integrated color schemes by using colored rods, powders, and frits. Techniques such as color overlaying and cane making were also explored. See photos of the

Behind the Glass Lecture | Lauscha 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 Curators at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Become a Junior Curator at The Corning Museum of Glass! Students in 8th grade through 12th grade are invited to join our after-school program. Learn what happens behind the scenes at the world's best glass museum and curate an exhibition that will be viewed by thousands of visitors from around

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

Artist in Residence: Beth Lipman (April 2011)
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Beth Lipman, artist-in-residence at The Studio, discusses her work.

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Silvia Levenson
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“My role when I am teaching is to just push people to make. For being a good dancer, you don’t need to know a lot about technique – you have to stand up and dance,” says Silvia Levenson. Levenson believes her work is an expression of her soul. She uses glass not for its natural beauty, but for its

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Jiyong Lee
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Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Ill. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Making a Mold Blown Holiday Ornament
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Season's Greetings from The Corning Museum of Glass! Watch as Museum Gaffer Eric Goldschmidt creates a blown, mirrored and glittered ornament using an authentic Lauscha ornament mold. For many years, it was holiday tradition to decorate one’s home with fruits and nuts. But when a glassblower

Meet the 2016 Rakow Commission Artist Thaddeus Wolfe
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Hear a lecture from 2016 Rakow Commission artist Thaddeus Wolfe.

Thaddeus Wolfe: 2016 Rakow Commission Artist
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Artist Thaddeus Wolfe discusses his work with Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. See the 2016 Rakow Commission.

Master Class Series VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (Full Video)
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In this video, Davide Salvadore demonstrates his skill with cane and murrine techniques at the furnace, and discusses his artwork, his personal development as a glassworker on Murano, and his philosophies as both an artist working in glass and a teacher of the material. DVD originally published in

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Pietro and Riccardo Ferro
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a visit to Murano, he talked with brothers Pietro and Riccardo Ferro. Watch a short

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