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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Reinstallation of Evening Dress with Shawl by Karen LaMonte at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Watch as the Registrar and a team of four reinstall Evening Dress with Shawl by Karen LaMonte in the Crossroads Gallery at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Mosaic Glass Tabletop
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes this elaborate mosaic glass tabletop. The tabletop was submitted by the papal government to the Paris Exposition Universelle, in 1867. It consists of a large disk of white marble, inlaid in the pietra dura technique. The more than 2000 glass pieces

Cameo Glass
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Discover the history of Roman cameo glass, and lean how it is made, with experts at the Corning Museum of Glass. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Sasanian Cup
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Listen as former curator David Whitehouse describes this Sasanian cup. An example of Sasanian craftsmanship, this is a small bowl cut with relief bosses. It was probably made in Iran. The surfaces of the bosses are concave. The surrounding glass has been cut back to leave the bosses standing in

Michele Oka Doner: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Designer Michele Oka Doner talks about her experience working with GlassLab at Design/Miami 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.

Tom Scott at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Tom Scott 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.

Replica of Portland Vase
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes this replica of The Portland Vase, an ancient Roman cameo glass object that was taken to England from Italy in 1783. The fame of the Portland Vase and of Josiah Wedgwood's replicas, played a major role in the establishment of cameo glassmaking in

Tim Dubitsky: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Designer Tim Dubitsky talks about his experience working with GlassLab at Design/Miami 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.

Drinking Horn- Family
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This drinking horn has a hole in the bottom. The drinker covered the hole with his thumb while the horn was filled. Then he lifted the horn above his face, removed his thumb, and let the liquid pour into his mouth.

Artist in Residence: Marie Retpen (April 2010)
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April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Marie Retpen is hot working large pieces that will eventually become part of a large installation. She finds inspiration for her surreal works from the novels Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass, and the movie The Terminator.

Emilio Santini- Artist's Choice Tour
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Emilio Santini speaks about his favorite Livio Seguso pieces within the Voices of Contemporary Glass Exhibit at The Corning Museum of Glass.

GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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From May 17- June 3, 2008, The Corning Museum of Glass presented its GlassLab program at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Corning Museum glassmakers worked with designers to explore their concepts in glass. Some of the designers had worked in glass before, many had not. Designers included

Meet the Artist: Zora Palová
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Artist and 2008 Rakow Commission recipient Zora Palová presented a lecture about her work in October, 2009. Palová lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she creates large-scale cast glass sculpture with her husband, the glass sculptor Štěpán Pala. Palová's use of the material is

Lino Tagliapietra- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Artist Lino Tagliapietra shares his love of working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

Blaschka Case Technique- Family
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During their long careers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka made many thousands of models of small animals and plants. They sold these all over the world, including to Harvard University. Can you guess which objects in this case are not made of glass?

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a medieval goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a medieval goblet, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Glass Table and Boat- Family
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Glass furniture like this table was very popular in India. European glassmakers maintained showrooms that were filled with chandeliers, tables, and chairs for sale to kings and princes.

Paul Haigh: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Designer Paul Haigh talks about his experience with GlassLab at Design/Miami 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.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a cage foot
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This video shows the technique of making a cage foot, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

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

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