All About Glass
All About Glass
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GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to glass as a means to immediately prototype designs in front of a live audience. During Art Basel in June, 2011, GlassLab presented at the Vitra Design Museum. Designer Paul Cocksedge designed an interactive glass
Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes a Roman cage cup. Cage cups are the most exclusive luxury glasses made in the later Roman Empire. They date from about AD 250 to the mid-fourth century. Cutting and grinding a single thick-walled blank was a laborious and risky process. If just one mesh
These blinds led to the arrival of glassmaking in Corning. Elias Hungerford, who patented the blinds in 1866, looked for a glass factory that would make them. He persuaded the owner of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Works to move to Corning, where both land and labor were less expensive. The original
Gayla Lee was first entranced by glass at the age of eight when she encountered a glassblower at a Renaissance festival. Her fascination with the material eventually led her to an apprenticeship in a Baltimore glass studio at the age of 20. Lee took Davide Salvadore's class, Creating and Using
In Portland, Oregon, when he was just ten years old, Brandyn Callahan began learning how to make fused glass from his mother. His interest in glass led him t...
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes this vase created by Tapio Wirkkala, one of Finland's best-known designers. He trained as a sculptor in Helsinki and he approached the decorative arts as a sculptor, but he also appreciated fine handcraft. He worked with a variety of materials,
Learn more about "Still Life with Plum" by American artists Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick.
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Black Cube" by Czech artist Marian Karel. Marian Karel uses light, glass, and geometric forms to make illusionistic sculptures that challenge the viewer's perceptions of space. Black Cube is so dark and reflective that it is almost invisible
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Dragonfly Coupe, created by French glass artist Emile Gallé. The love of nature, characteristic of the art nouveau style, is reflected in this remarkable coupe. A poet, designer, and a businessman, Gallé was well-versed in art, literature, botany, and
Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes Fruit Basket produced by Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. The process of pressing glass was perfected fairly quickly. By the 1840s, it was possible to press large objects without surface defects. This fruit basket illustrates the development of the
Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes Flask with Mold produced by Stebbins and Stebbins. The manufacture and decoration of hand-blown tableware was a slow and costly process. Glassmakers soon sought ways to speed production and to decorate their wares more inexpensively. One way to do
Watch Jiří Harcuba demonstrate for his Studio course, Glass Carving, Engraving, and Cold Construction, which will focus on how to engrave glass blocks and vessels with stone, diamond, silicon carbide, and copper wheels. Students will learn various cutting methods and investigate the optical effects
Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes Blue Aurene Vase, designed by Frederick Carder. Aurene glass was one of the earliest color effects created by Frederick Carder for Steuben Glass Works. It was first made as an iridescent gold-colored glass, but by 1904 Carder had developed blue
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Cityscape, created by artist Jay Musler. He chose a spherical container blown of industrial Pyrex glass, which he cut in half. He then cut the rim of the hemisphere into a jagged edge, sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint. The sculpture's
RIT Metaproject students Dan Ipp and Tom Zogas describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 3- 4, 2012.
Designer Wendell Castle describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 19- 20, 2012.
Along with stained glass, Cory Dunnington makes fused and cast glass art. Color inspires much of Cory's work, and Heike Brachlow's kilnworking class, Shaping Color: From Raw Materials to Finished Sculpture at The Studio, gave her the unique opportunity to create the colors she wanted to
In 1968, a one room working glass factory with a mud-brick furnace was discovered in Western Afghanistan. This factory is owned by cousins, Saifullah and Sai...
The Museum's glass conservators care for a collection of more than 45000 objects spanning 35 centuries. In addition to addressing issues such as crizzling (glass deterioration), they restore damaged pieces. One example is the Tiffany lamp shown here. It came to the Museum in many pieces of
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°: Fire and Wine (Jan. 19, 2012), including music by The Weber Brothers,
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Endeavor" by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra. A sense of weightlessness characterizes this instillation of 18 boatlike forms. Inspired by the sight of the many gondolas that gather at the entrance of the Venetian lagoon on the feast day of the
Designer Jon Otis describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 17- 18, 2012.
Listen as Joe Maio and William Warmus talk about the clean up efforts after the flood. The Flood of '72: Community, Collections, and Conservation chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to
Designer Tim Dubitsky describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 14- 15, 2012.
Watch Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart demonstrate for their Studio course, Flameworking Cocktail, in which the focus will be on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills. Students will be introduced to various techniques using both soft (soda lime) and hard
Designer Josh Owen describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 29- 30, 2012.
Designers Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 26- 27, 2012.
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Cargo Seed" by Swedish artist Bertil Vallien. Vallien created a series of boats that remind us of journeys. He filled the boats with objects that reference the past and time.
Watch Ethan Stern demonstrate for his Studio course, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, in which focus will be placed on investigating glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.
Seattle artist Jen Elek's Hot Glass Roadshow demo at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.