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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A Trip Up a Goat Path Unearths Blaschka-Era Lampworking Table
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Who would have thought that a trip up a goat path would lead to the Museum’s acquisition of a 19th-century lampworking table that was part of the 2007 Botanical Wonders exhibition? In October 2006, Steve Gibbs, the Museum’s manager of events marketing, embarked on a mission to find a lampworking

Prince Rupert's Drop and Glass Stress
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Theoretically, because of the nature of its atomic bonds, glass should be about five times as strong as steel. However, glass tends to have less strength than theory would suggest. One of the main reasons for its loss of strength is surface and internal stress. If glass is cooled too rapidly, high

The Precise Moment: Tempered Glass
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Glass breaks. But if it’s strengthened by thermal tempering, it breaks less easily and more safely. By 1920, architects and European car designers wanted more and more tempered glass—and in large sheets. Glassmakers could successfully temper only one sheet in ten. There’s a trick to tempering: heat

Studio Demonstrations: Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco
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Watch Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco demonstrate for their Studio course, Fiore e Angeli (Flowers and Angels), in which they share their signature flameworking styles and techniques in a celebration of flowers and angels.

Meet the Artist: Susan Plum
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Plum envisions a world that is inclusive, culturally diverse, and aesthetically vital, and she has cultivated an artistic language that makes connections between the mythic world and the real. In her installations, she seeks to create a space in which to experience unity and connectedness despite

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso
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Gianni Toso: Glassmaking as a Language, a live flameworking demonstration at The Studio on July 20, 2011.

Wendell Castle: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 17, 2010
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Designer Wendell Castle prototypes a design for martini glasses and pitcher set on GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

GlassLab Design Session: Peter Sís
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Illustrator Peter Sís describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 12- 13, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Wendell Castle
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Designer Wendell Castle describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 19- 20, 2012.

GlassLab in Paris: Wendell Castle
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The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to present GlassLab, the Museum's design program, in Paris, in the Tuileries Garden, October 22-27, 2013. Designer Wendell Castle worked with GlassLab glassmakers to explore ellipsoid martini glasses.

GlassLab Design Session: Marc Thorpe
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Designer Marc Thorpe describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 10- 11, 2012.

Meet the Artist: Karen LaMonte
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Karen LaMonte's monumental sculptures in cast glass, and her smaller cast glass reliefs and mirrors, have received international attention. This lecture, part of the Museum's popular Meet the Artist series, focused on LaMonte's creation of the Museum's major sculpture, Evening

Lino Tagliapietra
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The glass seemed so light, it appeared to fly It was a spring day in Venice shortly before the end of World War II. The air was filled with a sense of imminent freedom and new possibilities. A young Lino Tagliapietra was playing with a paper ball on the island of Murano, Venice’s glassmaking center

GlassLab Design Session: Tom Scott
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Designer Tom Scott describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 24 and 25, 2012.

Dane Jack: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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As a Corning native and the younger brother of a glassblower, Dane Jack was exposed to glass from a young age. Jack took Dan Mirer's Glassblowing, Design, Production class with the assistance of the Celebrity Cruise Scholarship fund. Learn more about the Celebrity Cruises Glassmaking

GlassLab Design Session: Josh Owen
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Designer Josh Owen describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 29 and 30, 2012.

William Gudenrath- Artist's Choice Tour
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Glass artist William Gudenrath shares his love of one of his favorite pieces in the Corning Museum of Glass, Anthem of Joy by Vera Liskova (79.3.14).

GlassLab Design Session: Constantin & Laurene Boym
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Designers Constantin and Laurene Boym describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 7 and 8, 2012.

Master Class 2: Introduction to Venetian Techniques with William Gudenrath
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William Gudenrath, resident advisor of The Studio, provides instruction in the basics of Venetian glassblowing and creates his own Venetian-inspired glass pieces. The portrait of the artist focuses on his passion for glassblowing, teaching and music. Master Class Series, Vol. II: Introduction to

Studio Demonstrations: William Gudenrath
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Watch William Gudenrath demonstrate for his Refining and Solidifying Your Techniques class at The Studio. Gudenrath's class focuses on advanced Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems.

Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath
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Experience the genius of master glassmaker William Gudenrath in the latest installment of the Glass Masters at Work series. Like the others in the series, this film was shot at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass by award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman.

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: William Gudenrath
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William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through  through the Renaissance, and has presented lectures and demonstrations throughout the world. As resident adviser for The Studio, Bill ensures

Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, Refining and Solidifying Your Technique, in which students who have previously studied with Gudenrath are invited to review and refresh their Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses,

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, which focuses on creating a firm foundation in the basic movements of Venetian-style glassblowing.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath (August 13, 2014)
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William Gudenrath demonstrates a second time this summer, again showing an introduction to Venetian-style glassblowing.  From 13:45 to 22:14 take a behind-the-scenes look at what happens the morning of our live-streamed demos. Meet the AV team who sets up and runs the show, and learn more about the

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

GlassLab Design Session: Jason Miller
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Designer Jason Miller describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 5 and 6, 2012.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath (July 8, 2015)
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See photos of the finished pieces from this demo. Watch as Bill Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, which provides students with a firm foundation in the basic movements of Venetian-style glassblowing. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar,

GlassLab Design Session: Jon Otis
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Designer Jon Otis describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 17 and 18, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Michele Oka Doner
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Designer Michele Oka Doner describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 31 through August 1, 2012.

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