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: Kristina Logan
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create both jewelry and functional objects. A committed educator, Logan travels extensively, teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and

Rene Kung: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
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Designer Rene Kung describes working at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011 during Art Basel. GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass.

Ewer with Lion Mask
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Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this Venetian ewer, made with milk glass canes and decorated with applied lion-mask prunts (small ornaments that are like medallions stuck to the outside of a vessel). Differently patterned milk glass canes were and are used to make glass

Masamichi Udagawa at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Masamichi Udagawa 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.

Bottle with Handles
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes a glass bottle with handles. Although glass vessels were never as cheap as earthenware, they had several advantages. They were easy to clean, they did not impart an odor to their contents, and they allowed one to see the contents even when the vessel was

Low-E Glass
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Introduced in 1979, low emissivity (low-e) glass uses an ultra thin metallic coating on or in the glass to reflect the sun's rays. Commercial and residential buildings use low-e glass windows to help save energy. The powerful infrared light in sunlight heats up objects such as floors and

Nacho Carbonell: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2010
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Nacho Carbonell works on GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Core Formed Vase Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique of making a core-formed vessel. Ancient glassmakers discovered a technique called core forming. A core was formed from dung and clay, then dried. The core was covered with glass. After cooling, the core was scraped out. The bottles

Warrior Vase- Family
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This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making prunts
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This video shows the technique of making prunts, seen on objects in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Installing Still Life with Two Plums at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Watch as Warren Bunn and his team install Still Life with Two Plums by Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Trick Goblet
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Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this trick goblet, which holds a separate "straw" whose finial resembles the head a stag. To drink from it, one has to suck the liquid through the mouth of the stag while covering a hole in the stem of the vessel. Thus, this glass

Steve Gibbs at 2300°
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Steve Gibbs, the Museum's Hot Glass Programs manager, and the creative mastermind behind the Museum's popular 2300° events, demonstrated his own glassworking artistry at the December 2010 event. Here he talks about 2300° and about the work he created during the event.

Ribbon Glass Cup
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes a ribbon glass cup. A new variety of mosaic glass was introduced in the first century BC It was "ribbon" mosaic, and the ornament consisted mainly of lengths (not slices) of canes arranged in geometric patterns. This concave-sided cup is a

Glass Jug inside of a Jug
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Watch experts at the Corning Museum of Glass recreate one of the stranger glass pieces made in Roman times- a jug inside of another, larger jug! This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Wine, Water, Wonders of Upstate New York
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Here are scenes from a favorite travel route for many of our international visitors. Visit The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes region on the way from New York City to Niagara Falls. There is plenty of Wine, Water and Wonders for all!

Stephen Burks: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
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Designer Stephen Burks describes working at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011 during Art Basel. GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a prunted beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a prunted beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Group Tours
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We make it easy to bring your group to The Corning Museum of Glass. Enjoy discounted group rates, free motorcoach parking spaces, and a convenient location halfway between New York City and Niagara Falls. End your visit with a trip through the international GlassMarket shops featuring original

Jeff Zimmerman: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 16, 2010
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June 16, 2010- Jeff Zimmerman provides a glass performance on GlassLab during the Vitra Design Museum's special event for Art Basel week.

(No Sound) Medieval Glass: Making a multi-sided beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a multi-sided beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Egyptian Inlay- Family
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Many pieces go together to make this portrait of an ancient Egyptian. Every piece is glass, except one. Can you tell which piece is not made of glass?

Meet the Artist: Michael Rogers
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Michael Rogers was recorded on March 29, 2007. Michael Rogers combines glass and found objects in his symbolically-charged work. There is a strong literary character to his vessels and sculpture, which are often covered in writing. The words are sometimes quotes from

St. Peter's Square- Family
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Examine the small mosaic in its gilded frame. From a distance, it looks like an oil painting. In fact, it's made of thousands of glass tiles, some no larger than the head of a pin.

Ted Muehling at GlassLab Cooper Hewitt, 2008
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Ted Muehling 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.

Max Lamb: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 14, 2010
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Designer Max Lamb works on GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Reinstallation of Evening Dress with Shawl by Karen LaMonte at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Watch as the Registrar and a team of four reinstall Evening Dress with Shawl by Karen LaMonte in the Crossroads Gallery at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Mosaic Glass Tabletop
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes this elaborate mosaic glass tabletop. The tabletop was submitted by the papal government to the Paris Exposition Universelle, in 1867. It consists of a large disk of white marble, inlaid in the pietra dura technique. The more than 2000 glass pieces

Cameo Glass
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Discover the history of Roman cameo glass, and lean how it is made, with experts at the Corning Museum of Glass. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Sasanian Cup
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Listen as former curator David Whitehouse describes this Sasanian cup. An example of Sasanian craftsmanship, this is a small bowl cut with relief bosses. It was probably made in Iran. The surfaces of the bosses are concave. The surrounding glass has been cut back to leave the bosses standing in

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