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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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.

Hilton Innerland (Family App)
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Scottish artist Eric Hilton designed Innerland and master engravers at Steuben Glass translated Hilton's dream into tangible form. Wherever you look, you will find a different inner land.

Musler Cityscape (Family App)
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Artist Jay Musler took a hemisphere of industrially produced Pyrex, cut the rim in the form of an urban skyline (think of the skyscrapers of Manhattan), sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint.

Business gifts.
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Steuben Glass LLC, Corning, NY, USA. 127286 The clear choice Corning, N.Y.: Steuben Glass LLC, 2011. 51 p.: col. ill.; 24 cm. Steuben Glass LLC Cover title. Index, p. 50-51. Order information at end. Gift; Corning Inc.; 2013; 1000134680; 1000134679 Digitized by Boston Photo January 2014. Steuben

Steuben sequece collections.
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. Corning Incorporated. 101743 Sequence collections Corning, N.Y.: Corning Incorporated, 1993. 1 folded brochure (4 panels): col. ill.; (folded) 19 cm. Steuben Glass, inc. Cover title. "Introducing the Sequence Collections, a new series of sophisticated

Summer lights.
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. Corning Incorporated. 104332 Corning, N.Y.: Corning Inc., c2008. 37, [4] p.: col. ill.; 20 cm. Steuben Glass, inc. "Beacon of Light" by Eric Hilton, 2006 on cover. Order form bound between pages 20 and 21. Gift; Corning Inc.; 2013; 1000134725

'Tis the season.
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. Corning Incorporated. 100864 Tis the season Corning, N.Y.: Corning Inc., 2007. 40 p.: col. ill.; 20 cm. Steuben Glass, inc. Five penguins featured on cover. Includes ornaments for the holiday season. "Vintage Steuben: now available for purchase is a rare

Springtime pleasures.
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Steuben Glass LLC, Corning, NY, USA. 110576 Rye, N.Y.: Steuben Glass LLC, 2009. 38, [3] p.: ill. (some col.); 20 cm. Steuben Glass LLC Order form bound between p. 20 and 21. "Convex Bowl" and "Concave Bowl" by Ted Muehling on cover. Includes vases, decanters, gifts for baby,

Spring gift collection 2000.
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. Corning Incorporated. 66060 Reason to celebrate Corning, N.Y.: Corning Incorporated, c2000. 44 p.: col. ill.; 22 cm. Steuben Glass, inc. Cover title. "Mint bowl," David Dowler, 2000 featured on p. [1] of cover. Includes order form, business reply

Asian artists in crystal: designs by contemporary Asian artists engraved on Steuben crystal. Exhibited at National Gallery of Art, Washington [and] the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1956.
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Steuben Glass, inc. National Gallery of Art (U.S.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) 67720 New York: Steuben Glass, 1956. xiv, 83 p. ill.; 24 cm. NK5112.9.S7 A copy of this item was received with the Steuben Archive. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging January 2014. Additional editions

New sculpture by Peter Aldridge: Steuben Glass.
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. 71859 [New York: Steuben Glass, 1981] [24] p.: ill. (some col.); 26 cm. Steuben Glass, inc. Cover title. Photography by Robert Moore. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging January 2014. CMGL c. 4 in Steuben archives is accompanied by Steuben internal memo dated

About Steuben.
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Steuben Glass, inc. 65356 About Steuben glass New York, N.Y.: Steuben Glass, [1984?] 22 p.: ill. (some col.); 19 cm. Steuben Publications Box 19 Cover title. Cover shows a detail view of the Gazelle Bowl. Steuben has issued various editions of this publication, with differing covers and contents.

Steuben 1991 [catalog].
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. Corning Incorporated. 71416 [New York: Corning, c1990] 96 p.: ill. (some col.); 19 x 25 cm. Steuben Glass, inc. Spine title. Includes index. Gift; Corning Inc. 2013; 1000135214 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging January 2014. For "Price revisions to the

The Sequence collections.
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Steuben Glass, inc., Corning, NY, USA. Corning Incorporated. 65083 Steuben Sequence collections: Fall 1994 Corning, N.Y.: Corning Incorporated, c1994. 16 p.: col. ill.; 15 x 22 cm. Unable to delete "Steuben is pleased to introduce the Sequence Collections, sophisticated home accessories

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