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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
Owen, Josh, 1970- Rochelle, Chris. 131547 2012. 1 computer file. This file is p. 13-15 (of 18) of series titled Experimental domestic vessels. Three images used to make prototype of bowl with slot for cell phone charger. Owen collaborated with gaffer Chris Rochelle May 29-30, 2012 during his time
Owen, Josh, 1970- Rochelle, Chris. 131546 2012. 1 computer file. This file is p. 10-12 (of 18) of series titled Experimental domestic vessels. Three images used to prototype brick-shaped candlestick holder with three holes for candles or matches. Owen collaborated with gaffer Chris Rochelle May 29
Owen, Josh, 1970- Rochelle, Chris. 131550 2012. 1 computer file. This file is p. 16-18 (of 18) of series titled Experimental domestic vessels. Three images used to prototype abstract flower vase seemingly made from two drinking glasses intersecting at center to form cross-like vase. Owen
Owen, Josh, 1970- Rochelle, Chris. 131535 2012. 1 computer file. This file is p. 1 (of 18) of series titled Experimental domestic vessels. Image of five glass objects used to prototype design concepts; objects include toothbrush holder cup, bowl with slot for cell phone charger, toilet paper jar,
Owen, Josh, 1970- Rochelle, Chris. 131537 2012. 1 computer file. This file is p. 2-6 (of 18) of series titled Experimental domestic vessels. Five images used to make prototype of toilet paper jar at GlassLab. Owen collaborated with gaffer Chris Rochelle May 29-30, 2012 during his time at GlassLab
Boym, Constantin. Boym, Laurene. Rochelle, Chris. Jack, Aaron. 131574 2012. 1 computer file. Document with text summarizes the Boyms' plan to illustrate the phenomenon of finding beauty even in horrific subject matters. Three images appear below text to further illustrate this: forest fire,
Boym, Constantin. Boym, Laurene. Rochelle, Chris. Jack, Aaron. 131666 Forest fire 2012. 1 computer file. Design drawing features two platters, one drawn above other. Platter on upper portion of drawing is view from side angle; the platter is in green with yellow and red depicting fire. Platter on
Boym, Constantin. Boym, Laurene. Rochelle, Chris. Jack, Aaron. 131625 Tsunami Design drawing for hurricane platter prototype 2012. 1 computer file. Design drawing features two platters, one drawn above other. Platter on upper portion of drawing is view from side angle and is drawn with blue and
Boym, Constantin. Boym, Laurene. Rochelle, Chris. Jack, Aaron. 131655 Oil spill Design drawing for oil spill platter prototype 2012. 1 computer file. Design drawing features two platters, one drawn above other. Platter on upper portion of drawing is view from side angle; black oil spill surrounds
Women have played an important role in glassmaking history. The following is a brief overview of the ways in which women have worked with glass before 1950, as documented in articles, books, and original materials from the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass. Beadmakers and
Spalding, George B. 128566 [Syracuse, N.Y.: The Church, 1906] (Syracuse, N.Y.: Mason-Henry Press)  p.,  plate: ill.; 26 cm. Higgins Collection Box 1, Folder: The Te Deum: the hymn and the window Description of the window designed by Frederick Wilson and executed by Tiffany Studios: p. [9-10]
Pictured below are the basic tools used by glassblowers working "at the furnace" (as opposed to those working "at the lamp"- "flameworking" or "lampworking"). They are pretty much unchanged since the first century AD. Incredibly, a Roman-period worker could
Sheet glass made by blowing a parison, cutting it open, and rotating it rapidly, with repeated reheating, until the centrifugal force has caused it to become a flat disk. After annealing, the disk is cut into panes of the required shape and size. Bull’s-eye panes come from the centers of the disks
An object, such as a paperweight, that is covered with a layer of colorless glass. The Houghton Salamander
Moses, Henry, 1782?-1870, engr. Baber, Henry Hervey, 1775-1869. 99384 Moses' antique vases [London]: H.G. Bohn,  xii, 61,  p.: ill., 150 (i.e. 151) pl. 23 cm. N5615 Portland vase: plate 50. Plate 85 has a pencil sketch of a lamp body and shade added to the top of one of the
(Italian) A small quantity of glass that joins the stem and the foot of goblets and similar forms. Dragon-Stem Goblet
A decorative pattern of long, mitered grooves, cut horizontally in straight lines so that the top edges of each groove touch the edges of the adjoining grooves. Prismatic cutting is usually found on the necks of pitchers and decanters.
Daly, César, 1811-1893. 123555 Décorations extérieures empruntées à des edifices français du commencement de la renaissance à la fin de Louis XVI (XVIe, XVIIe, XVIIIe siècles) Paris: C. Massin,  2 v.: plates (some folded); 46 cm. Nouvelle éd. NA3549.A1 Vol. 1-2 digitized by Boston