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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1888 Spring and Summer catalogue.
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Hollander, Bradshaw, and Folsom, Boston, MA, USA. 101865 Boston, Mass.: Hollander, Bradshaw, and Folsom, 1888. 40 p.: ill.; 34 cm. Hollander, Bradshaw, and Folsom Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in July 2010. Jobber catalog that includes the following glass items: whiskey tumblers, wine glasses,

Glass ware.
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Whitall Tatum Company, Philadelphia, PA & New York, NY, USA. 105302 1879 [catalog] Philadelphia, Pa.: New York, N.Y.: Whitall Tatum & Co., 1879. 69 p.: ill. (some col.); 23 cm. Whitall Tatum Company Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in August 2010. Includes glass labels, stoppers, private

Première exposition publique des produits de l'industrie française: catalogue des produits industriels qui ont été exposés au Champ-de-Mars pendant les trois derniers jours complémentaires de l'an VI: avec les noms, départemens et demeures des artistes et manufacturiers qui ont concouru à l'exposition; suivi du procès-verbal du Jury nommé pour l'examen de ces produits.
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Exposition des produits de l'industrie française (1st: 1798: Paris, France) 117335 Catalogue des produits industriels qui ont été exposés au Champ-de-Mars Exposition publique des produits de l'industrie française: catalogue des produits industriels Grenoble: Chez J. Allier, [an VII,

Metal
Glass Dictionary Term

A term frequently used as a synonym for glass. It is misleading because glass is not a metallic substance, and its use is discouraged.

The Glass Flowers
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Before the development of high-speed moving image media, or fiberglass, naturalists and educators faced a quandary: it was often impossible to demonstrate exactly what an invertebrate looked like without a live specimen, because the spine collapses and color leaches out of one preserved in alcohol.

Meet the Artist: Susan Plum
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Corning Museum of Glass, April 14, 2011 Tina Oldknow: I am very pleased to welcome the artist Susan Plum, who has left the warm climate of Houston to come to frigid Corning to be with us tonight. Born in the United States but raised in Mexico City, Susan was fascinated with the way ancient culture

Meet the Artist: Luke Jerram
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Corning Museum of Glass, October 15, 2010 Tina Oldknow:  I ‘m Tina Oldknow. I’m the Curator of Modern Glass at the Museum and I was so pleased this morning to see how many new members are visiting Seminar. It’s really very exciting. And I thought maybe I should do a %%bit%% of an introduction to

Meet the Artist: Dante Marioni
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Corning Museum of Glass, February 25, 2010 Tina Oldknow: Thank you all so much for coming, I feel like we’re a very special group to have braved this daunting weather to be here together, and it’s very appropriate, because tonight we have a very special speaker, who is Dante Marioni. For those of

Meet the Artist: Michael Rogers
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Corning Museum of Glass, March 29, 2007 Tina Oldknow: Michael is currently professor and head of the glass program at the School for American Crafts of the Rochester Institute of Technology, R.I.T. Prior to moving up the road, he spent 11 years in Japan where he was head of the glass department at

Meet the Artist: Beth Lipman
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Corning Museum of Glass, June 11, 2007 Beth Lipman: Let’s begin here: I’m going to start with my mother. I know some people hate this, but, you know, it’s very cathartic for me, so let’s get started. My mother was a crafts person and is a crafts person, and I was a crafts child.  I grew up

Meet the Artist: Isabel De Obaldía
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Corning Museum of Glass, December 22, 2009 Tina Oldknow:   Hello everyone, good evening and welcome back after everyone’s been gone on tours and all kinds of things. I hope that our seminarians enjoyed the various tours that we offered.  I am very pleased to introduce you to the 2009 Rakow

Meet the Artist: Zora Palová
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Corning Museum of Glass, October 17, 2008 Tina Oldknow: It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Rakow Commission artist for 2008, who is Zora Palová. Zora has traveled to be with us from Bratislava, Slovakia, with her husband Stepan Pala, who is also a very well-known and accomplished glass

Meet the Artist: Tom Patti
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Corning Museum of Glass, June 12, 2008 TINA OLDKNOW:  I want to give you a little %%bit%% of an introduction to Tom, who he is and what he does. Tom is a widely respected artist and studio glass pioneer who has devoted much of his career to researching different formulations of glasses and hot

Meet the Artist: Lino Tagliapietra
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Corning Museum of Glass, May 15, 2007 Hello, I’m Tina Oldknow, the Corning Museum’s Curator of Modern Glass. I welcome you to the second of our series of conversations with artists who have made a significant impact on contemporary glass in America and abroad. TINA: Lino, thank you so much for

Meet the Artist: Kait Rhoads and Amy Rueffert
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Corning Museum of Glass, April 21, 2008 Hello, I’m Tina Oldknow, the museum’s curator of modern glass. I welcome you to our series of conversations with artists who have made a significant impact on contemporary glass in America and abroad. Today, I will be speaking with two artists, Kait Rhoads

Meet the Artist: Karen LaMonte
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Corning Museum of Glass, February 28, 2008 TINA OLDKNOW: I am really pleased to say that Karen LaMonte is here with us tonight. I know a lot of you love her beautiful sculpture, which is the  Evening Dress with Shawl, in the Sculpture Gallery, and you’re going to love her even more after you hear

The Artfulness of Utility
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Visitors to The Corning Museum of Glass may see everything from an edgy, disturbing sculpture by Sylvia Levenson to an Islamic perfume bottle from the Middle Ages.  At times, it can seem as if the vast array of objects has only silica in common.  There are objects that provoke debate and objects

Meet the Artist: Toots Zynsky
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Corning Museum of Glass, April 17, 2007 That particular day the doors swung wide open. There was an incredible roar of the furnaces coming out, and everyone in the glass department was sort of drawing glass through the air and swirling it around, and I looked at it and went, “This looks really

Meet the Artist: Kristina Logan
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Corning Museum of Glass, March 5, 2009 Tina Oldknow: Hi, I’m Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. I’m standing in front of a case of historic African and Venetian beads from the Museum’s collection. On March 5, 2009, artist Kristina Logan presented a lecture about

Meet the Artist: Steven I. Weinberg and Joel Philip Myers
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Corning Museum of Glass, November 1, 2007 Tina Oldknow: Hi. I’m Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. On November 2, 2007, we opened Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg, the first in a series of exhibitions highlighting the works of

Meet The Artist: Marvin Lipofsky
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Corning Museum of Glass, July 25, 2007 Welcome. You’re listening to a “Meet the Artist” podcast from the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, the world’s largest museum devoted to the history and art of glass. This “Meet the Artist” podcast series features interviews with living artists who work in

Air twist
Glass Dictionary Term

A type of decoration in the stems of 18th-century and later drinking glasses made by twisting columns of air.

At-the-fire
Glass Dictionary Term

The process of reheating a blown glass object at the glory hole during manufacture, to permit further inflation, manipulation with tools, or fire polishing.

Frederick Carder: A Biography for Young Audiences
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Frederick Carder was born in England on September 18, 1863. Fred, as people called him, was fascinated with his family’s pottery factory. At the age of 14, he insisted on quitting school so he could work there. His father was very unhappy about this, so he made Fred work from six in the morning

A Brief History of Islamic Glassmaking
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The prophet Muhammad proclaimed the new religion of Islam in 622. Following his death ten years later, Arab armies conquered much of what is now Egypt, the Near East, and Iran. Here the Moslems found flourishing glass industries, which continued to produce large quantities of objects for daily use.

Robert Willson- Bringing Life to Solid Glass
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Anyone who has gazed into the clear depths of a paperweight knows how intoxicating solid glass can be. Glass in vessel form can be decorative, beautiful, even breathtaking, but one cannot escape the utilitarian. After all, it can hold our Cheerios. On the other hand, you would be lying to yourself

Robert Willson
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Robert Willson (1912–2000) was a sculptor, “half Texan and half Choctaw Indian,” as he liked to describe himself. A maverick in art and in life, he worked outside the mainstream. His work explores themes inspired by ancient mythologies, pre-Columbian and other native American art, and the American

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

A Brief History of Gemmaux
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The permanent collection of The Corning Museum of Glass holds sixteen glass panels affixed to light boxes, which were crafted in a mid-20th-century technique that has recently seen a surge in public interest. The panels, made in the 1950s and 1960s, came to the museum in 1993, and are called

The American Studio Glass Movement
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The Beginning of the Studio Movement During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media in the U.S. began to gain in popularity and importance, and American artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry. The catalyst for the development of studio glass in the United States

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