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.
Performers throughout the 1700s produced sounds by gently rubbing the rims of finely tuned wineglasses with their moistened fingertips. Wineglasses were tuned by adjusting the amount of water in their bowls. After hearing a performance played on musical glasses in England in 1761, Benjamin Franklin
The Tradition of Glass Furniture The tradition of glass furniture began in the early nineteenth century when the Russian Imperial Glass Works created several tables for members of the imperial family. But it was the opening of the 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in
What is your first association with the term “bohemian”? Does it evoke a fine beer-brewing tradition, or connote unpronounceable town names? Germans have a saying: “lauter böhmische Dörfer” (nothing but Bohemian villages), referring to something completely incomprehensible, because of the odd
Mel Douglas on her work: "I see my art practice as a drawing practice. I'm looking to the history of drawing for cues and ways to use line to explore space." Hear more from Mel about her work and teaching at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.
Watch as Master glassblower Davide Salvadore creates a vessel in his signature Muranese style. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and
Watch as Tim Drier demonstrates for his class, Introduction to Flameworking. In this demo, he creates one of his signature Headshots.
Barbara Idzikowska has been fascinated by glass for more than 20 years. Living and working in Wrocław, Poland, she seeks to give ideas material form through her work in glass. In 2004, she established Atelier Si, Pb..., a studio of drawing on glass, with the graphic designer Eugeniusz Get
Shelley James' work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on "combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain." James studied
Albert Paley is the first artist selected to participate in a new Specialty Glass Residency program offered by The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Read the blog post: Specialty Glass Residency: New Materials Open Up New Possibilities.
Designers Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 26- 27, 2012.
Enjoy a lecture by Klaus Moje, an artist whose work was based on traditional glass mosaic techniques that he reinvented through kiln-forming. Throughout his successful career, he pushed himself and glass beyond traditional technical skills into the realm of abstract art. Born in Germany, where he
Tom Ryder on working with glass: Most people don't realize how passionate we are about working with glass. It's become an obsession or even an addiction. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out
Catherine Ayers on learning to work with glass: There’s always something new to learn…when you learn something new it opens up ten more doors. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out what inspires them to
Jeff Mack on working with glass: I make glass because it’s one of the most amazing craft processes that I know of. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out what inspires them to create.
G Brian on the beauty of glass: Glass is intrinsically beautiful both the process and the final piece. There's no other material that you can use that blends color and mixes color like glass. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The
Designer Harry Allen collaborates with the Hot Glass Team on a new design for Steuben—a large-scale glass piggy bank. Based in New York City, Harry Allen is a multi-disciplined designer with work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn, Denver, Philadelphia Museums
Catherine Labonte creates whimsical, colorful animal sculptures that bring fun to a whole new level. Watch as she demonstrates her process making Bubbles, the pink elephant in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for this special edition of the Late Show.
In this demo, Nancy Callan makes a large vessel designed by Guest Artist Mel Douglas, who plans to complete the piece by cold-working in her signature style. Highly regarded for her mastery of the craft, Douglas' delicate, subtle work comes from the slow and considered process of engraved mark
Soft drink bottles, drinking glasses and glass Christmas ornaments are part of daily modern life, but their roots can be traced to the ancient world and the legacy of Ennion, the earliest known name of a Roman glass worker. This lecture by the Museum's president and executive director, ancient
The Studio, which opened in 1996, is an internationally renowned teaching facility that offers classes in a variety of glassmaking techniques to students of all ages and skill levels. Artists and students come from all over the world to teach, to learn, and to create their own work in glass. The
Chris Rochelle’s path as a glass artist traces back to Hartwick College, where he studied sculpture and painting. The school’s small glass program gave him his first taste of working with this unique medium. Upon graduation, he apprenticed in a studio in western Massachusetts. For a decade he did
In Spineless, highly acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the astonishing world of marine invertebrates. Vivid portraits reveal the stunning color and variety of these creatures, and elegantly combine art and science. In this lecture, Middleton describes her innovative processes of
Watch as Nancy Callan demonstrates for her class, Roulette, which explored ways to extend the possibilities of the relationship between line, pattern, surface and form. In this demo, Callan makes one of her signature clouds with a double rainbow pattern, using a Roman style plunger pick up.
Denise Stillwaggon Leone and the Hot Glass team demonstrate making a graal with a white interior and red and black exterior. Stillwaggon Leone made a photo stencil to add a design on the sculpture.
Watch as Nancy Callan and her team create a large sculpture in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Nancy Callan’s artistic voice as a glass sculptor reflects her high-level training and talents. Callan attended the Massachusetts College of Art (BFA 1996) and lives in Seattle, WA where she is part of the
The process of etching the surface of glass with hydrofluoric acid. Acid-etched decoration is produced by covering the glass with an acid-resistant substance such as wax, through which the design is scratched. The object is then immersed in hydrofluoric acid, or a mixture of dilute hydrofluoric
Lewis Olson began working with glass in his native New Zealand in the 1970s. In the 1980s his passion for glass took him to Australia, Africa, Canada, England, Scandinavia, and Italy, where he worked in glass studios and factories. A storyteller by nature, Olson is attracted to the endless
The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 17, 2013), including music by The Blind Spots,
Watch what's happening inside the furnace when glassmakers take a gather. Animation by Brian Hewitt, Designer/Front-End Developer, and gathering and narration by Eric Meek, Hot Glass Show/GlassLab Manager.
2300°: Hot Blues featured visiting glass artist Sam Drumgoole who currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Sam has worked with Dale Chihuly in Seattle and studied at Pilchuck and Alfred University before opening his own studio. For 2300°, Sam worked with Museum