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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Atelier Oi: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 15, 2010
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Atelier Oi prototypes glass design ideas at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Ewer Signed by Ennion
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes an ewer signed by Ennion. The discovery that vessels could be formed and decorated by inflating a gob of glass in a mold permitted large numbers of virtually identical objects to be produced quickly and inexpensively. The first-century Roman writer Pliny

Dan Dailey- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Dan Dailey talks about how the materials and process influence his artistry. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

Michal Fronek: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2010
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Michal Fronek from Olgoj Chorchoj glass studio in the Czech Republic works at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2010 during Art Basel.

Arik Levy: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Mueum, June 2011
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Deisgner Arik Levy discusses his project at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011. GlassLab is a design program of The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass, offering rare access for designers to experiment with and explore the properties of the

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
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Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American Glass, discusses Louis Comfort Tiffany's blown glass showcased in "Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections"- on view at The Corning Museum of Glass November 1, 2009- October 31, 2010.

[Scrapbook of window designs by Frederick Wilson].
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Wilson, Frederick, 1858-1932. 128567 [between 1904-1932] 1 v. ([13] p.): ill., photographs; 41 cm. Higgins Collection Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in May 2012. This item is in the Jeffrey Rush Higgins Collection. Chiefly photographs/photostats glued into a leatherbound scrapbook. Address label

60 Years- Rakow Research Library
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The Library was established as part of the Museum in 1951. Today, it houses the world's largest and finest collection of resources on the art and history of glass. Much of the collection consists of unique items, such as the archives and original design drawings for stained glass. This video

The Righteous Shall Receive a Crown of Glory
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A spectacular and large Tiffany stained glass memorial window has been installed in the Museum’s modern glass gallery. It is the first time that this window has been on view at the Museum since its donation in 1996. Titled The Righteous Shall Receive a Crown of Glory, the window was designed by

Birth of a New Industry: Fiberglass
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"If necessity is the mother of invention, then for the glass fiber industry, adversity is the father."     -William Boeschenstein, Owens-Corning Fiberglas, 1995 The world’s largest bottle plant stood empty. Prohibition and the Depression had crushed the demand for bottles. American bottle

Finding the Right Recipe: Borosilicate Glass
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Otto Schott, the pioneering German glass chemist, made a glass that could reliably do something that didn’t seem possible: endure sudden, uneven temperature shifts without shattering. The key, Schott discovered in 1882, was to have a critical amount of the element boron in the glass recipe. Schott

'Chez Lalique.'
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Bayle, P. L'Art Décoratif, 7th year, v. 13, no. 80 (Mai 1905), pp. 217-224, ill. AI91942 Digitized by Rakow staff in March 2013, sent to photography in May 2013. Text-searchable.pdf created from digital file. Includes works in glass by the artist. Offprint CitationDB 3A1333F3-2C45-4504-8F68

[Miscellaneous letters to Frederick Carder].
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Carder, Frederick. 117303 1920-1921. 4 letters; 21-27 cm. R-1059 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in August 2010. Fragile materials. Use the digital or microform copies of the notebooks. These items are filed with the Notebooks of Frederick Carder. Letter dated May 19, 1920 from the War Department

The water colour sketchers' pocket book / [F. Carder].
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Carder, Frederick. 115884 1899-1900. 60 leaves: ill.; 10 x 17 cm. Carder/Steuben archive Box 29, Folder Water colour sketchers' pocket book Back cover is loose. Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in September 2009. Fish design on leaf [17] scanned July 2010. Image to be displayed at the

Rough sketch book.
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Carder, Frederick. 119916 [n.d., between 1888-1900?] [11] p.: ill.; 15 x 22 cm. Carder/Steuben archive Box 29, Folder Rough sketch book Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in September 2009. Carder sketchbook. Part of the Carder/Steuben archives. First page is a watercolor of a fishing boat

[Small brown sketchbook], 1882 / F. Carder.
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Carder, Frederick. 119851 Written inside cover: F. Carder, 1882 1882. [ca. 70 p]: ill.; 14 x 10 cm. Carder/Steuben archive Box 29, Folder Small brown sketchbook, 1882 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in September 2009. Hinge is at the top. Carder sketchbook. Part of the Carder/Steuben archives.

Does Glass Flow?
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(No, It Doesn't Flow—read on for details) Early one spring morning in 1946, Clarence Hoke was holding forth in his chemistry class at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. "Glass is actually a liquid." the North Carolina native told us in his soft Southern tones. "You can

Propos d'art et de technique [electronic resource]
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Gaudin, Félix, 1851-1930. 110368 Paris: Librairie de La Plume, 1896..pdf 72 p. System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader. Electronic reproduction. [Clermont-Ferrand: J.-F. Luneau, 2006].pdf Lectures delivered in Paris, July 4, 1891 and May 12, 1894. Gaudin discusses the history of stained glass,

Tim Dubitsky at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Tim Dubitsky at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Harvey K. Littleton and the American Studio Glass Movement
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Harvey Littleton is internationally acclaimed and recognized for his tireless work in  %%founding%% and promoting the American Studio Glass movement.  The movement was “born” in 1962, during two seminal glassblowing workshops at The Toledo Museum of Art.  The workshops were led by Littleton, a

Glass in Nature
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Although most people think of glass as a man-made material, it is found in many forms in the natural world. A range of glasses are found in—and formed by—nature. Volcanoes spew molten rock, lightning strikes desert and beach sands, meteorites pound the earth, and sea sponges and microscopic

[Certificate of appointment of Inspector of pot and pearl ashes Ebenezer Jenkins].
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131692 1818. 1 certificate: ink and pencil on paper; 26 x 41 cm. Unit 32, Drawer 6 Certificate is in two pieces from being folded in half vertically for so long; previous folding also caused text from right side of certificate to bleed, in mirror-image, onto left side of document. Two pieces of

At the Lamp
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Today lampworkers %%melt%% borosilicate glass in brilliant colors using modern torches that burn oxygen and propane. But how did glassworkers %%melt%% glass at the flame 300 years ago? As a glass librarian and a glass artist, I'm fascinated by the ingenuity and inventiveness of lampworkers in

The Mystery Slab of Beth She'arim
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Beth She'arim was a cemetery located in Galilee. It was one of the most sacred places in the ancient Jewish world. Just adjacent to its catacombs is a natural cave that had long ago been made into a large cistern for storing water. It apparently fell into disuse at the end of the 4th century

Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead
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An understanding of the history of glass would not be complete without acknowledging the importance of glass beads both as a products of early manufacture in the medium and as artistic representations of diverse cultures and societies. Glass beads have been found at the earliest glass manufacturing

Pre-Columbian Use of Obsidian
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The lack of any advanced metallurgy among the Aztecs and Mayas has long been a mystery to students of pre-Colombian civilizations. Why, historians ask, were the great Mexican empires stuck in the %%Stone%% Age? The Spanish crushed the Aztec empire with amazing ease, and the Americans'

Moulds pattern shop, Steuben.
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Huffman, Harry E., 1898-1967. 119482 [Corning, N.Y.: H. Huffman, 1932-1933] 1 v. (unpaged): ill.; 18 cm. TP853.N6 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in May 2011. Cover title. Only 8 pages of the ledger book have been used. Ledger book used by Harry Huffman during his employment at Steuben to record

Jobs.
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Huffman, Harry E., 1898-1967. 119483 [Corning, N.Y.: H. Huffman, 1930-1933] 2 v. (231 p.): ill.; 18 cm. TP853.N6 Vol. 1 digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in July 2011. Vol. 2 digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in April 2012. Cover title. Daybooks used by Harry Huffman during his employment at

Scrap book / [compiled by Frederick Wilson].
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Wilson, Frederick, 1858-1932. 127947 Scrapbook [between 1892-1932] 1 v. (152 p.): ill., photographs, plans; 41 cm. Higgins Collection, Box 2 Loose items inserted in the front have been placed in an archival folder which will be kept in the same box as the album. The following loose items were

[Design drawings for vase prototype with stopper] [electronic resource].
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Thorpe, Marc. Rochelle, Chris. 131277 2012. 1 computer file. "marc thorpe design" logo appears on each drawing as does "Venini Art glass". Four design drawings brought by Thorpe as inspiration for glass piece to be made at GlassLab. Thorpe reinterpreted a carafe designed by his

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