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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Studio Demonstrations: Loren Stump
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Watch Loren Stump demonstrate for his Studio course, Advanced Floral Murrine, how to use to use a variety of complex murrine components to achieve high detail in miniature floral design. January 11, 2012, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Meet the Artists: Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent
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Jiri Harcuba, a renowned artist and educator, is known for his simple, yet elegant, portraits in glass. He treats all his subjects in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical effects to create their individual profiles. His student and emerging artist, April Surgent, takes

Gianni Toso- Chess Set
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Glass Maestro, Gianni Toso shares what inspires and influences his work, specifically about his piece "Chess Set."

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Victor Trabucco (January 14, 2015)
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Watch as Victor Trabucco demonstrated for his class, Paperweight Techniques and Inclusions, how to create flowers and fruit with soft glass, using overlay rods and colored enamels to make three-dimensional designs that are encased in clear glass.

Studio Demonstrations: Heather Trimlett
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Watch Heather Trimlett demonstrate for her Beadmaking with an Introduction to Glass Buttons class at The Studio. Students of this class learned to work smarter and more efficiently in order to gain the maximum return on torch time. The class took the mystery out of clear casing, stringer work,

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Matt Tyner (January 28, 2015)
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Matt Tyner demonstrated making and pulling a vacuum-encased stick stack tube, also called a vac stack, for his class, Application for Modern Glass Blowers. This class focused on the process of encasing several types of borosilicate glass color using various techniques from single layer color

Artist-in-Residence: Norwood Viviano
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Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. During his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Viviano created urban and industrial landscapes out of kiln-cast glass as an extension of his previous

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Christopher Watts
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Watch as Christopher Watts demonstrates for his class, A Poacher's Tour of Europe, an overview of the variety of techniques that are used in different areas of the world.

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Richard Whiteley
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"One of my big motivations for teaching is to share the information that I have and learn from other people working in the medium of cast glass. I think it’s a very exciting medium for contemporary art and I’d love to see more work done in this area" says Richard Whiteley. Whiteley became

Studio Demonstration: David Willis
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Watch David Willis demonstrate for his flameworking class, Make What You Like, to help students fabricate in glass anything they can conceive.

Studio Demonstrations: Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz
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Watch Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz demonstrate for their Studio course, A Step-by-Step Approach, in which focus was on refining skills of basic forms such as the tumbler, cylinder, bowl, and bottle. Moving logically from one shape to the next helped students build a solid foundation for the

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Rose Globe
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play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1889–1900 Glass, blown, cut,

Studio Demonstrations: Alex Brand
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Watch Alex Brand demonstrate for his Color Working Techniques course at The Studio. This course presented various color working techniques and taught students to infuse their glassmaking with color. The class focused on various types of incalmo work; the hot joining of two or more separate blown

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Clare Belfrage (July 15, 2015)
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Watch as Clare Belfrage demonstratesd for her class, Line Drawings and More, the crazy wonders of cane drawing, which involves “drawing” with fine glass lines onto glass forms in the hot shop. Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch as Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart demonstrated for their 2014 class, Flameworking Cocktail, which focused on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills using both soft (soda lime) and hard (borosilicate) glass.

Studio Demonstrations: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart demonstrate for their Studio course, Flameworking Cocktail, in which the focus was on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills. Students were introduced to various techniques using both soft (soda lime) and hard (borosilicate)

What did you do today at the Corning Museum of Glass?
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No experience is necessary. From hot glassworking, to flameworking, to fusing, to sandblasting—you and your family can do just about anything with glass, wit...

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

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