All About Glass

All About Glass

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Pincers
Glass Dictionary Term

A glassworker’s tool used for decorating objects by pinching the glass while it is hot. pincer

Snuff bottle
Glass Dictionary Term

A small bottle (in China) or box (in Europe) for powdered tobacco, or snuff. The habit of inhaling snuff, which spread to Europe from the Americas in the 17th century, was introduced to China in the 18th century. snuff bottles snuff-bottle snuff-bottles snuffbox snuffboxes snuff box snuff boxes

Vetro di trina
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian, “lace glass”) A term loosely applied to various types of vetro a reticello. Vetro a reticello Plate

Studio Demonstrations: Erica Rosenfeld & Leo Tecosky
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Watch Erica Rosenfeld & Leo Tecosky demonstrate for their Studio course, Cross Pollination, which will focus on combining hot, warm, and cold techniques to c...

Exhibitions Podcast Episode 2: Tiffany Treasures- February 10, 2010
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents  Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collections, an exhibition featuring blown-glass works by Tiffany Studios, on view at the Museum through October 31, 2010 and Tiffany Treasures: Design Drawings by Alice Gouvy and Lillian Palmié, featuring

Junior Scientists
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Ever wanted to learn more about the science of glass? Here at the Corning Museum of Glass, a group of area students are doing just that in the Junior Scienti...

Soft glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A generic name for glass (e.g., soda-lime glass) with a relatively high coefficient of expansion. The term hard glass (e.g., borosilicate glass) refers to glass with a relatively low coefficient of expansion. soft glasses soft-glass soft-glasses

Spechter
Glass Dictionary Term

(German) A drinking glass made in the Spessart region of Germany in the 16th century. Although the term is frequently applied to a tall glass resembling a Stangenglas, there is no proof that the usage is correct. spechters speckter speckters

Spill holder
Glass Dictionary Term

A tall, narrow vessel for spills. Spills are thin strips of wood, or folded or twisted pieces of paper, used for lighting candles, pipes, etc. spill holders spill-holder Taperstick

Spoon holder
Glass Dictionary Term

A tall, narrow container for spoons. Spoon holders were used at the table from the mid-19th century to World War I. spoon holders spoon-holder Spoon Holder in "Horn of Plenty" or "Comet" Pattern

Sport cup
Glass Dictionary Term

A first-century A.D. Roman mold-blown drinking vessel decorated with fighting gladiators or a chariot race. sport cups sport-cup sport-cups sports cup sports cups Sports Cup Depicting Gladiators

Sprinkler
Glass Dictionary Term

A vessel with a narrow neck, sometimes with a diaphragm at the bottom, that causes the contents to emerge drop by drop. sprinklers Sprinkler

Stained glass
Glass Dictionary Term

The generic name for decorative windows made of pieces of colored glass fitted into cames and set in iron frames. Strictly speaking, the term is inaccurate because, in addition to glass colored by staining, glaziers used, and continue to use, glass colored throughout by metallic oxide, glass

Stangenglas
Glass Dictionary Term

(German, “pole glass”) A tall, narrow cylindrical drinking vessel (hence the name “pole glass”), usually with a pedestal foot. stangenglases stangenglass Tall Beaker (Stangenglas)

Stem
Glass Dictionary Term

The narrow part of a goblet or tazza that separates the bowl and the foot. stems Goblet

Stemware
Glass Dictionary Term

The collective name for drinking vessels and serving dishes with a stem supporting the bowl. stemwares stem-ware stem ware stem-wares stem wares 2 Wineglasses

Stippling
Glass Dictionary Term

(1) The technique of tapping the surface of a glass object with a pointed tool, often with a diamond or tungsten-carbide tip. Each tap produces a mark, and the decoration is composed of many hundreds or thousands of marks. (2) On lacy-pattern glass, the stippling is part of the decoration of the

Stirrup cup
Glass Dictionary Term

(1) A cup of wine or some other drink handed to a person when on horseback and about to set out on a journey; hence (2) a drinking vessel for consuming such drinks. stirrup cups stirrup-cup stirrup-cups Stirrup Glass

Stone
Glass Dictionary Term

Any crystalline inclusion present in glass. Stones consist of unmelted particles of batch, fragments of refractory material from the pot, or devitrification crystals. Stones of the first two varieties are generally irregular but rounded; those of the third variety are angular and well formed.

Strain cracks
Glass Dictionary Term

Fissures in the body of a vessel caused by internal strain resulting from inadequate annealing and/or accidental thermal shock. strain crack strain cracking

Strigil
Glass Dictionary Term

(from Latin strigilis, “scraper”) A scraper used by the ancient Romans to remove impurities from the skin after bathing. Although strigils were usually made of metal, a few glass examples are known to exist. strigils Strigil

Striking
Glass Dictionary Term

The process of reheating glass after it has cooled, in order to develop color or an opacifying agent that appears only within a limited range of temperatures. strike Burmese Vase in "Lace Embroidery, Queen's" Pattern

Studio glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A term popularized in the 1960s for unique or limited-edition objects designed and made in a studio rather than a factory, often, but not necessarily, by the same person. studio glasses Vessel

Studio Glass movement
Glass Dictionary Term

A movement that began in the United States in the 1960s and has spread all over the world. It is characterized by the proliferation of glass artists who are not affiliated with factories, but work with hot glass in their own studios. The emergence of independent glass artists was made possible by

Sweetmeat
Glass Dictionary Term

A vessel for serving sweetmeats, sweet food such as preserved or candied fruit and sugared cakes or nuts. sweetmeats sweet meat sweet meats Sweetmeat Glass

Table set
Glass Dictionary Term

A group of matching objects comprising a sugar bowl, creamer, spoon holder, and butter dish. table sets table-set 4-piece Toy Table Set

Taglia
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian) A square-ended knife used to shape or sculpt molten glass on the blowpipe. taglias

Tank
Glass Dictionary Term

A large receptacle constructed in a furnace for melting batch. Tanks, which were first used in antiquity, replaced pots in larger glass factories in the 19th century. tanks

Taperstick
Glass Dictionary Term

A tall, thin vessel for tapers. Tapers are long wicks coated with wax for use as a spill. tapersticks taper stick taper sticks taper-stick taper-sticks Spill holder 2 Tapersticks

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