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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Meet the Artist: Zora Palová
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Artist and 2008 Rakow Commission recipient Zora Palová presented a lecture about her work in October, 2009. Palová lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she creates large-scale cast glass sculpture with her husband, the glass sculptor Štěpán Pala. Palová's use of the material is

Behind the Glass: Imagining the Contemporary Art + Design Wing with Thomas Phifer
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Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s light-filled Contemporary Art + Design Wing that opened on March 20, 2015, connects the built environment with the natural world in every project he undertakes. The Contemporary Art + Design Wing is no exception. When asked about his approach to the design

North Wing Addition Concrete Pour Time-Lapse
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A major milestone in the construction of the Museum's North Wing Addition has been reached. Beginning at 5 am on the morning of August 19, 2013, over 40 trucks brought in over 400 cubic yards of concrete to begin pouring the floor of what will be the 26,000 square foot contemporary gallery.

Installation of Kiki Smith's Constellation in the New Contemporary Art + Design Wing
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Watch the Museum's team install Kiki Smith's Constellation in the Special Projects Gallery of the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass, which opened March 20, 2015. Constellation is an installation based on the night sky. The circular field of leaves of

North Wing Addition Steel Wall Timelapse
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One of the most exciting moments in the construction of the North Wing took place April 5 and 6, 2014. The final piece of the steel structure that forms the walls of the contemporary gallery was put into place. This was the single largest piece of steel installed on the site. Three enormous pieces

Behind the Glass: Invention in Early Glassblowing- The Road to Ennion with Bill Gudenrath
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The technique of glassblowing appeared in Jerusalem in the middle of the first century B.C., and over the course of the next century, this discovery led to additional extraordinary technological developments.  Shortly after the discovery of glassblowing, the glassmaker Ennion established the

Corning Little Joe Tube Tower- Tin Pan Time Machine Project
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A short historical documentary initially premiered at the 2016 Glass Arts Society conference via public viewing stations.

Mastering the Art of Nature: A Conversation with Paul Stankard
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A strong understanding of light combined with his ability to recreate organic beauty has allowed Paul Stankard to master capturing the essence of nature in his work. His love of glass as a material is evident, and may be just one of the many reasons why his career has been so successful. The Shops

Guest Artist Demonstration: Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko
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The Corning Museum of Glass recently hosted guest glassmakers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko. Both gaffers are visiting from the Iittala factory in Finland for a celebration of renowned designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds. Since the first birds entered production in 1972, Birds by Toikka has

Coloring Glass
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Learn about how glass is colored with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Colored glass is made by adding small amounts of metal oxides to the batch.

Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin
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Watch Davide Fuin as he demonstrates for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, where he shares his vast knowledge and considerable Venetian-style glassblowing skills.

Studio Demonstration: Tim Drier
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Watch Tim Drier demonstrate for his class, Introduction to Flameworking, how to embark on an evolution through glassmaking, beginning with marbles (single cell), through fungus, aquatics, and small land mammals, ending with the human form.

Making a Goblet from Parts
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It doesn't get more complicated than this! Here is the Renaissance Venetian way of making an ornate dragon-stemmed goblet. Pre-made parts are attached using small bits of molten glass as "glue."

(No sound) Façon de Venise Goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a Façon de Venise (a French term meaning "manner, or style, of Venice") goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

(No sound) Spanish Wine Glass
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This video shows the technique of making a Spanish wine glass, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

(No sound) St. Augustin (Rouen) Goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a St. Augustin (Rouen) Goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

Lifebuoy decanter
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Glassworkers made ring-shaped decanters as early as the Roman period. Due to their novel shape, much like buoys, the personal flotation devices carried on ships, decanters in the early 20th century were called "lifebuoy decanters." Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the technique.

Bubble Ball Paperweight
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Glass makers throughout history have gone to great lengths to eliminate all bubbles from glass. But here, we see bubbles purposefully put into the glass for their decorative effect. In this paperweight, the bubbles surround another gather of glass with twisted canes of colored glass. Watch as

Heat Sensitive Glass
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Glass that gradually shades from one color to another has ingredients such as uranium and gold, which are sensitive to heat. When part of the object is reheated, it "strikes" or changes color. Heat-sensitive glass became very popular in the late 19th century. Many companies used heat

Reticello
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the Reticello technique. Reticello (Italian, "glass with a small network"), is a type of blown glass made with canes organized in a crisscross pattern to form a fine net, which may contain tiny air traps.

Sicilian Glass
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In the second half of the 19th century, many glass firms used experimental techniques to create decorative art glass. In 1878, the Mt. Washington glass company introduced Sicilian glass. As part of their marketing, the company claimed to have used lava, that is, molten rock spewed out by volcanoes,

Twist Glass
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In the 1930s, the Pairpoint Glass Corporation introduced a bold new design called "twist glass," consisting of swirled stripes of ruby or deep blue glass and clear crystal. The complicated technique, already used in Sweden, required many stages including cold working. Watch as William

Guest Artist Demonstration: Clare Twomey
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British artist Clare Twomey works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Watch as she partners with the Hot Glass Team in this demonstration.

Jerry Kersting oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Jerry Kersting, retired engineer for Corning, Inc., interviewed May 2010. Jerry Kersting was born in Jersey City, N.J., in 1939. He attended Rutgers University where he obtained a degree in civil engineering for the Facilities Group. In 1960, after spending a

Jordana Korsen Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jordana Korsen demonstrates for her class, Work Hot and Take Chances, which focused on everything from glasses and goblets to bowls and bottles. Music credit: Philipp Weigl- Subdivision of the Masses

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.

Paperweights- Family
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Listen as curator, David Whitehouse describes the stages of making a paperweight.

(No sound) Nuremburg Goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a Nuremburg goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500--1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

Seminar Demonstration: Creation of Chevron Beads, from Bubble to Bead
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Watch artists Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney of Heron Glass demonstrate at The Studio during the Annual Seminar on Glass. This demonstration shows the various stages of creating a Chevron bead, from the hot, blown glass component, through the lapidary steps required to finish.

Narrated Chevron Beadmaking Demonstration
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This 6-minute version of a Chevron bead demonstration, narrated by William Gudenrath, shows the various stages of creating a Chevron bead, from the hot, blown glass component, through the lapidary steps required to finish.

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