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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Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Davide Penso (August 27, 2014)
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Watch as Davide Penso demonstrated for his class, Venetian-Style Glass Beads, how to create blown beads utilizing the traditional techniques used at the furnace, but with a “baby pipe."

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Marc Petrovic (January 7, 2015)
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Watch as Marc Petrovic demonstrates for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, which focused on freehand hot glass sculpting on both solid and blown objects with an emphasis on off-centered, non-vessel forms. See the final piece.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Kenny Pieper
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Watch as Kenny Pieper demonstrates for his class, Form and Techniques, which focused on traditional and not-so-traditional techniques for making vessels, goblets, and other forms.

Artist-in-Residence: Anna Mlasowsky
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In her April 2013 Residency at The Studio, Anna Mlasowsky created an installation for her solo exhibition at The Factory Museum, in Boda, Sweden. Her goal was to materialize sound through a process based on Cymatics, from the Greek word for wave meaning the study of visible sound and vibrations.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: DH McNabb
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Watch as D.H. McNabb demonstrates for his class, Glass: A Fluid Transfer of Knowledge, which focused on strengthening students' understanding of glassblowing fundamentals including good posture and stance, efficient motion, and team cohesion.

DH McNabb at November 2011 2300°
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Emerging artist D.H. McNabb's work has been shaped by his experiences working with many studio glass artists. At 2300°, he explored folding "paper" airplanes out of sheet glass, and took advantage of the camera inside the glory hole to expose the usually secluded space. Hear from

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: David McDermott
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Watch as David McDermott demonstrates for his class, A Different Way, which focused on combining traditional methods handed down from Swedish, English, Scottish and Italian masters.

Glass Masters at Work: Mark Matthews
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Mark Matthews is renowned for the impressive range of techniques he uses to produce complex geometric patterns and realistic interpretations of animal pelts within glass spheres. For his marbles, Matthews draws heavily from historical influences that span the 3,500-year history of glassmaking. The

Studio Demonstrations: Mark Matthews
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Watch Mark Matthews demonstrate for his Graphic and Color Systems in Glass class at The Studio. This class used colored rods, powders, frits, and techniques such as color overlaying and cane making. Students created combinations of graphic patterns and experimented with color schemes. These

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Mark Matthews (January 21, 2015)
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Watch as Mark Matthews demonstrated for his class, Graphic and Color Systems in Glass, how to create combinations of graphic patterns and integrated color schemes by using colored rods, powders, and frits. Techniques such as color overlaying and cane making were also explored. See photos of the

Junior Curators at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Become a Junior Curator at The Corning Museum of Glass! Students in 8th grade through 12th grade are invited to join our after-school program. Learn what happens behind the scenes at the world's best glass museum and curate an exhibition that will be viewed by thousands of visitors from around

Meet the Artist: Beth Lipman
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Beth Lipman was recorded on June 11, 2007. Lipman creates hand-sculpted still lifes in glass, which most often take the form of sumptuous foods and/or fragile tablewares arranged on a base, in a frame, and later, on tables and other furnishings. Her works explore

Artist in Residence: Beth Lipman (April 2011)
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Beth Lipman, artist-in-residence at The Studio, discusses her work.

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Silvia Levenson
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“My role when I am teaching is to just push people to make. For being a good dancer, you don’t need to know a lot about technique – you have to stand up and dance,” says Silvia Levenson. Levenson believes her work is an expression of her soul. She uses glass not for its natural beauty, but for its

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Jiyong Lee
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Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Ill. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Making a Mold Blown Holiday Ornament
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Season's Greetings from The Corning Museum of Glass! Watch as Museum Gaffer Eric Goldschmidt creates a blown, mirrored and glittered ornament using an authentic Lauscha ornament mold. For many years, it was holiday tradition to decorate one’s home with fruits and nuts. But when a glassblower

Meet the 2016 Rakow Commission Artist Thaddeus Wolfe
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Hear a lecture from 2016 Rakow Commission artist Thaddeus Wolfe.

Thaddeus Wolfe: 2016 Rakow Commission Artist
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Artist Thaddeus Wolfe discusses his work with Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. See the 2016 Rakow Commission.

Master Class Series VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (Full Video)
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In this video, Davide Salvadore demonstrates his skill with cane and murrine techniques at the furnace, and discusses his artwork, his personal development as a glassworker on Murano, and his philosophies as both an artist working in glass and a teacher of the material. DVD originally published in

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Pietro and Riccardo Ferro
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a visit to Murano, he talked with brothers Pietro and Riccardo Ferro. Watch a short

The Glass Harmonica
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Performers throughout the 1700s produced sounds by gently rubbing the rims of finely tuned wineglasses with their moistened fingertips. Wineglasses were tuned by adjusting the amount of water in their bowls. After hearing a performance played on musical glasses in England in 1761, Benjamin Franklin

Glass of the Maharajahs
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The Tradition of Glass Furniture The tradition of glass furniture began in the early nineteenth century when the Russian Imperial Glass Works created several tables for members of the imperial family. But it was the opening of the 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in

The Tradition of the Avant-Garde: Bohemian Glass, 1820–1935
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What is your first association with the term “bohemian”? Does it evoke a fine beer-brewing tradition, or connote unpronounceable town names? Germans have a saying: “lauter böhmische Dörfer” (nothing but Bohemian villages), referring to something completely incomprehensible, because of the odd

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Mel Douglas
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Mel Douglas on her work: "I see my art practice as a drawing practice. I'm looking to the history of drawing for cues and ways to use line to explore space." Hear more from Mel about her work and teaching at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch as Master glassblower Davide Salvadore creates a vessel in his signature Muranese style. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and

Tim Drier Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Tim Drier demonstrates for his class, Introduction to Flameworking. In this demo, he creates one of his signature Headshots.

Artist-in-Residence: Barbara Idzikowska
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Barbara Idzikowska has been fascinated by glass for more than 20 years. Living and working in Wrocław, Poland, she seeks to give ideas material form through her work in glass. In 2004, she established Atelier Si, Pb..., a studio of drawing on glass, with the graphic designer Eugeniusz Get

Artist-in-Residence: Shelley James
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Shelley James' work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on "combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain." James studied

Specialty Glass Residency with Albert Paley
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Albert Paley is the first artist selected to participate in a new Specialty Glass Residency program offered by The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Read the blog post:  Specialty Glass Residency: New Materials Open Up New Possibilities.

GlassLab Design Session: Sigi Moeslinger & Masamichi Udagawa
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Designers Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 26- 27, 2012.

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