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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Cracking Off
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As if glassblowing wasn't fast enough—it takes under three minutes to make a Roman bottle—cracking-off made the process even faster. This technique was well known by AD 20 or so, and cut the manufacturing time of simple tumblers in half.

Flameworked Beads
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Flameworking (sometimes called "lampworking") is the process of directing a flame onto a piece of glass in order to create form or decoration. Beads were likely among the first glass objects to be made by flameworking.

Chunk Casting
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Chunks of glass are placed in a mold, then heated in a kiln until the glass softens and flows downward to gradually fill the mold. Popular with contemporary artists, this method avoids the need for a giant melting furnace filled with molten glass.

Cutting Glass
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Cutting thin sheet glass is almost as easy as it looks in this video clip...but not quite! Curves really are much trickier than straight lines. The process shown would have been completely familiar to medieval window glaziers.

Murrine Use
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Once murrine canes are cut into thin slices, they can be fused and slumped, flameworked, or blown. Here, murrine canes are used in demonstrations of a Roman period process and a Renaissance Venetian process.

GlassLab at Governors Island: Georgie Stout
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Designer Georgie Stout describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 28- 29, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass pa...

GlassLab
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GlassLab, a film by Deidi von Schaewen, 2012. See this film on view in Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab at The Corning Museum of Glass through January 6, 2013. www.cmog.org GlassLab offers designers unprecedented access to molten glass. In public design performances or private

Meet the Artist: Luke Jerram
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In this podcast, the 2010 Rakow Commission recipient, Luke Jerram, discusses his work on the "Glass Microbiology" project. Jerram describes himself as a "color-blind installation artist, who fuses his artistic practice with scientific and perceptual studies." He creates

Meet the Artist: Isabel De Obaldía
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In this podcast, the 2009 Rakow Commission recipient, Panamanian artist Isabel De Obaldía, discusses her work in painting and in glass, including the Corning Museum's new sculpture, Rey del Cenote. De Obaldía's paintings and sculptures incorporate symbols and ideas from ancient Panamanian

Glass Masters at Work: Vittorio Costantini
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Vittorio Costantini is a Venetian glass master known for his precisely rendered small flameworked sculptures. He is inspired by nature, and he works with a range of subjects, including multi-colored insects, butterflies, birds, fish, and flowers. Costantini's pieces are celebrated for their

Ancient & Islamic Glass
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The history of glass and glass making started over 3500 years ago. David Whitehouse introduces the ancient gallery, which illustrates the glass that was made in the ancient world and in the Islamic medieval period.

American Glass- Family
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This display of glass produced in America in the 18th and 19th centuries includes useful objects made in the 1700s, fancy art glass of the late 19th century, and glass for windows, lighting devices, and storage jars.

Flameworking Glass Sculptures
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Learn about flameworking with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Flameworking is the technique of taking glass rods or tubes and heating them in a concentrated flame until they become soft.

Richard Wistar Bottle
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes the Richard Wistar bottle. The first successful glass factory in the Colonies was established by Caspar Wistar near Alloway, New Jersey, in 1739. Its principal products were window glass and bottles, which were in great demand. More than 15000

Toso Chess Set- Family Technique
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The pieces in Gianni Toso's Chess Set, made in about 1981, are in the form of Jewish and Roman Catholic worshippers. The kings are a rabbi and a bishop. The tiny details of the figures were made by softening glass in a flame and molding it into the desired shapes.

LaMonte Evening Dress
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes "Evening Dress with Shawl" by American artist Karen LaMonte. Karen LaMonte's hauntingly beautiful female figures evoke the fragmented bodies of classical antiquity and the pristine statues of 19th-century American neoclassicism. By using

Marinot Bottle- Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used by glass artist Maurice Marinot to create Bottle. Marinot studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he exhibited regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in Paris from 1905 to 1913.

English Folding Screen- Family
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This screen, made in London, England, is decorated with birds, frogs, and fish—even a spider and a butterfly. Sixteen birds are shown; 13 are easy to spot, but three are more difficult. How many can you find? Clara S. Peck Endowment.

Corning Cutting Shop- Family
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In the cutting room, a steam-powered shaft drove belts that turned the metal or stone cutting wheels. A glasscutter holds the object against the rotating wheel, which is fed with an abrasive slurry.

Stories from The Flood of '72: John Fox
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Listen as John Fox, director of the Corning Glass Center in 1972, recalls an attempted rescue of a Venetian dragon-stem goblet, which at the time was believed to be a rare 16th century piece. The effort was unsuccessful. It was impossible to get into the case without damaging the goblet, and Fox

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Endeavor" by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra. A sense of weightlessness characterizes this installation of 18 boat-like forms. Inspired by the sight of the many gondolas that gather at the entrance to the

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Endeavor" by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of his native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the different surface textures.

Mark Zirpel's Roadshow Demo: 2011 Glass Art Society (Seattle)
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Mark Zirpel's Hot Glass Roadshow demo at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.

Eckhardt's Archangel Uriel
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Archangel Uriel, created by artist Edris Eckhardt. During the 1950s, the studio crafts gained in popularity and importance in the United States. New techniques were developed by individual designer-craftsmen, who explored new uses for glass, ceramics, wood,

Harry Phillips oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Harry Phillips, former gaffer for Steuben, interviewed May 2011. Harry Phillips started his career in glass at Corning Glass Works while still in high school. After leaving high school he went to Steuben where he continued for 46 years, working his way up to

Marinot Bottle
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Bottle created by glass artist Maurice Marinot. Marinot studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he exhibited regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in Paris from 1905 to 1913. Although Marinot was developing

60 Years- Supporting Living Artists
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In 1959, the Museum curated the landmark exhibition Glass 1959, which was one of the first significant surveys of modern glass. Since then, The Corning Museum of Glass has been committed to introducing new art and design in glass by providing resources, training, and support for artists working...

Engraving Lathe- Family
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Traditional glass engravers use copper wheels mounted on a lathe. The wheels come in many shapes and sizes. An abrasive slurry drips onto the wheel as the engraver works on the design.

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which will focus on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing the freedom to explore process, as well as the potential of the material.

Gallé Dragonfly Coupe- Family
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Emile Gallé was an artist of genius, a poet, and a horticulturalist. He designed remarkable glass, ceramics, and furniture. The huge dragonfly that adorns this chalice-like coupe reflects Gallé's profound love of nature. Gift in part of Benedict Silverman, in memory of Gerry Lou Silverman.

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