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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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

Continuous Perfection: Optical-Quality Glass
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They make glass. By day and night, the fires burn on … and bid the sand let in the light.     -Carl Sandburg, In Reckless Ecstasy, 1904. To see the unseeable: the quest is unending. But lenses and prisms are only as good as their glass. Optical-quality glass must be flawless. Even tiny flecks,

Tooling
Glass Dictionary Term

The result of using a tool or tools. Jug with Nipt-diamond-waies

Josh Simpson's 100-Pound Megaplanet
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In April 2005, The Corning Museum of Glass commissioned the artist Josh Simpson to create the world's first 100-pound glass paperweight, which will be part of Simpson's series of solid glass spheres he calls "planets" or " Megaplanets." It will be the 1,000th %

Staining
Glass Dictionary Term

In glassworking, the process of coloring the surface of glass by the application of silver sulfide or silver chloride, which is then fired at a relatively low temperature. The silver imparts a yellow, brownish yellow, or ruby-colored stain, which can be painted, engraved, or etched. Drinking Horn

Coil base
Glass Dictionary Term

A trail of glass drawn out to form a ring or conical foot on which the vessel stands. Tall Beaker (Stangenglas)

Clutha
Glass Dictionary Term

A type of glass with air traps and specks of aventurine, patented in the 1890s by James Couper, Christopher Dresser, and George Walton. Clutha

Broken-swirl ribbing
Glass Dictionary Term

Mold-blown decoration that has two sets of ribs. This is made by blowing the gather in a vertically ribbed dip mold, extracting and twisting it to produce a swirled effect, and then redipping it in the same or another dip mold to create a second set of ribs. Flask

Bottle glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A common, naturally colored, greenish or brownish glass. The color is characteristic of glass that includes traces of iron found in the silica used as the major ingredient. Such glass is inexpensive to produce, and it is used for such items as bottles, when good quality is not essential. Sometimes,

Blown three-mold glass
Glass Dictionary Term

Glassware made in America between about 1815 and 1835 that was blown in a fullsize mold that (despite the popular name) consisted of between two and five pieces. Footed Bowl

Blobbing
Glass Dictionary Term

The technique of decorating hot glass by dropping onto the surface blobs of molten glass, usually of a different color or colors. Beaker or Lamp

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