All About Glass

All About Glass

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Morgan Cup
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The Morgan Cup [52.1.93] is a Roman cameo glass of the first century A.D. It may have been found in the ancient city of Heraclea Pontica, modern Eregli, Turkey. The cup was once in the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan (hence its name). It came to the Museum in 1952 as the gift of Arthur A.

Toots Zynsky
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When I hear music, it translates into color.—Toots Zynsky Toots Zynsky’s distinctive heat-formed  filet de verre  (glass thread) vessels enjoy a widespread popularity and deserved acclaim for their often extraordinary and always unique explorations in color. Defying categorization, her pieces

The Glass Giant
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For the American astronomer George Ellery Hale, bigger was always better. In 1897, at the age of 29, he had become director of Chicago’s new Yerkes Observatory, whose 40-inch refracting telescope remains the largest instrument of its kind in the world.  The lenses of refractors collected and

An Unusual Fragment of Cameo Glass
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The subject of this note is a fragment of cameo glass [59.1.509] (Figs. 1 and 2), now in The Corning Museum of Glass, that was formerly in the collection of Ray Winfield Smith. 1 It was shown in the 1957 exhibition Glass from the Ancient World as part of a group of early Islamic cameo glass,

“Carder” Design Reassigned
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In 1959, The Corning Museum of Glass received a large group of objects as a gift from Frederick Carder, the retired director of the Steuben Glass Works. Most of these had been made at Steuben in Corning, New York, but some were English. Most of the English pieces came from Stevens & Williams of

A Fragment of a Dichroic Cage Cup in The British Museum
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Among the glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The British Museum is a fragment of a late Roman dichroic cage cup. Although the fragment has been mentioned on several occasions, 1 it has never been described in detail. The find-place is unknown. Description The fragment (Fig. 1

Early Islamic Gold Sandwich Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass
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This article reviews the current state of our knowledge of early Islamic gold sandwich glass and publishes five examples in the Museum's collection. In 1964, the Corning Museum acquired a gold sandwich glass cup [64.1.32] (Fig. 1) that was identified as “2nd–4th century A.D., Parthian or

Historical Perspectives: Katharine Lamb Tait, 1895–1981
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Katharine Lamb Tait was born on June 3, 1895 in Alpine, New Jersey. Katharine’s father who was architect and designer, Charles Rollinson Lamb, was also president of Lamb Studios and the Stained Glass Association of America. 7 Her mother, Ella Condie Lamb was an artist. 1 In 1912, Tait graduated

Blaschkas’ Glass Botanical Models (1886–1936)
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Tropical and temperate plants continuously bloom in their Victorian cherry wood vitrines as visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History marvel at their favorite flowers and the most noxious weeds. These nearly 4,300 botanical models represent roughly 840 species and 170 plant families in an

Blaschkas’ Glass Models of Invertebrate Animals (1863–1890)
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The story of the Blaschkas begins in the small town of Böhmisch Aicha (now Cˇesky´ Dub in the Czech Republic), where Leopold’s father continued the family tradition of flameworking. When Leopold was a student, his favorite  subjects were natural history and painting, and a visiting artist urged him

René Lalique: Design Drawings for a Perfume Pendant and a Perfume Bottle
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Thanks largely to René Lalique (1860–1945), glass became one of the liveliest forms of expression in French decorative arts during the first half of the 20th century. In the vanguard of both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, Lalique helped to reinvigorate the market for French luxury goods.

Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis
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Richard Marquis, a self-described glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. As an artist, he is admired for his understanding of color and form as well as for his humor

The Date of the Glass from Karanis
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Today, more than 60 years after its publication, Donald B. Harden's monograph on the glass from Karanis 1 is still one of the most frequently cited sources of information on the glass of Roman Egypt. The quantity of objects found at the site and their excellent state of preservation provided

Depictions of Glassmaking in Diderot’s Encyclopédie
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Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert published their much acclaimed Encyclopédie in Paris from 1751 to 1765. To illustrate their entries, they commissioned several hundred engraved images depicting artistic crafts and common trades in preindustrial France. Since pictorial representations of

Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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East Influences West In Western Europe, the influence of East and South Asian products imported by the English, Dutch, and French East India Companies in the 18th and 19th centuries had a significant impact on style and art. European artists, fascinated by Oriental designs, architecture, and

Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch
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A special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927), one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, was in view at The Corning Museum of Glass from March 15, 2012 through February 3, 2013. The exhibition recognized Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
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The innovations and artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) were explored in the winter of 2010 in two new Museum exhibitions. Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collections (November 1, 2009 – October 31, 2010), was shown on the Museum’s West Bridge. It featured nearly 60 of

Frederick Carder: The Early Years: An exploration of Carder’s years at Stevens & Williams
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Frederick Carder was born on September 18, 1863, in Brockmoor, Kingswinford, Staffordshire (now part of the English county of West Midlands), the son of Caleb and Annie Carder. His father and grandfather owned Leys Pottery, and by the age of 14, Frederick Carder had left school in order to start

Tom Patti: Investigations into a Complicated Universe
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Artist Tom Patti was drawn to glass in the 1960s, while designing houses of inflatable plastic for the developing world. “I wanted to work with materials that I could open up and look at,” he says. Sheet glass, readily available and affordable, attracted him as a means to expand his vocabulary of

Josh Simpson's 100-Pound Megaplanet
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In April 2005, The Corning Museum of Glass commissioned the artist Josh Simpson to create the world's first 100-pound glass paperweight, which will be part of Simpson's series of solid glass spheres he calls "planets" or " Megaplanets." It will be the 1,000th

Historical Glassmaking Techniques
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See glass scholar and artist William Gudenrath demonstrate historical glassmaking techniques. Façon de Venise Goblet Although in the 16th century the maximum penalty for a glassblower leaving Murano, the “glass island” of Venice, to work elsewhere was death, many did. The Low Countries became home

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Bruce Ferguson (August 26, 2015)
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Watch as Bruce Ferguson demonstrates for his class, Beginning Glassblowing, which focused on learning how molten glass is manipulated. See photos of the finished piece on the event listing on our website http://www.cmog.org/event/live-streamed-studio-demonstration-bruce-ferguson Bruce Ferguson has

Album no. 18: electric fixtures.
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Gibson Gas Fixture Works, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA. 120208 Album no. 18: combination fixtures [S.l.]: William E. Yost, c1901. p. 601-762, [1] p.: ill. plates; 36 cm. Gibson Gas Fixture Works, Inc. Trade catalog. "Index on p. 768"--Title page. Catalog lacks pages at end. P. 768, the

Glass: a pocket dictionary of terms commonly used to describe glass and glassmaking / compiled by David Whitehouse.
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Whitehouse, David, 1941-2013. Corning Museum of Glass. 0872901653 96551 Corning, N.Y.: Corning Museum of Glass, c2006. Rev. ed. 94 p.: col. ill.; 19 cm. NK5104 Includes CMoG objects: 88.3.31, covers, p. facing t.p., p. 10-- 65.3.48, p. 6-- 55.1.62, p. 9-- 75.4.113, p. 11-- 2005.2.8, p. 12-- 92.3.15

Bake her a Christmas present in a "Pyrex" dish.
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Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY, USA. 90983 Corning, N.Y.: Corning Glass Works, [n.d., 1933?] 1 folded brochure: ill. (some col.); (folded) 16 cm., (opens to) 16 x 26 cm. Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY, USA. Cover title. When folded, back of brochure illustrates different ware with sizes and

Manufacturers of stained, cut, flocked, enameled & embossed glass: also all kinds of ornamental stained glass for churches, dwelings, &c.
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Cook, Redding & Co., Boston, MA, USA. 93112 Manufacturers of stained, cut, flocked, enameled and embossed glass: also all kinds of ornamental stained glass for churches, dwellings, & c. Boston, Mass.: Cook, Redding & Co., [n.d., ca. 1880] (Boston, Mass.: J.H. Bufford's Sons Lith.)

Beauty and transparency with remarkable durability [advertisement].
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Corning Glass Works. Ladies' home journal April 1917, pp. 69 98283 [S.l.]: Ladies' Home Journal, 1917. [1] p.: ill.; 42 x 29 cm. Unit 7, Drawer 7 Advertisement for Pyrex transparent oven-ware. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging May 2014. Reproduction displayed in the exhibition titled

Electric and gas portable lamps: Pilabrasgo.
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Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass & Glass Company, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 99381 Pilabrasgo Pittsburgh, Pa.: Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass & Glass Company, 1916. 47 p.: col. ill.; 27 cm. Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass & Glass Company Trade catalog. Includes prices. Factories in Pittsburgh, Swissvale, and Jeannette,

My wife sure makes food fight for freedom! [advertisement].
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Corning Glass Works. Ladies' home journal April 1944, pp. 174 98303 Here's how I save precious food with Pyrex ware [1] p.: col. ill.; 35 x 28 cm. Unit 7, Drawer 7 Advertisement for Pyrex ovenware with images of casserole, matched bowl set, and flavor-savor pie plate. Similar to bib

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