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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60 Years- Surprising Discoveries
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Curators occasionally make surprising discoveries. Before the Museum acquired this object, it was identified as an 18th-century Indian spittoon. The surface is crizzled (that is, it has begun to deteriorate). The curator had never seen an example of crizzled Indian glass, so he looked at it closely

Punch Bowl- Family
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Between 1880 and 1915, more cut glass was made in Corning, New York, than anywhere else in the country. This punch bowl was made here by local glasscutters.

Massimo Vignelli at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Massimo Vignelli 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.

Underwater Archeology
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Between 1984 and 1994 the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) excavated the remains of a Late Bronze Age shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship's cargo consisted primarily of raw materials, including glass. Learn about archeology underwater: www.cmog.org Courtesy of Institute of

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "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

2300°: Blues (March 15, 2012)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Blues (March 15, 2012), including music by Howling Waters featuring drummer

Peace, Love, and 2300° (December 15, 2011)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassblowing, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at Peace, Love, and 2300° (Dec. 15, 2011), including music by Entrain, and glassmaking

John Shoemaker: Celebrity Scholarship Recipient
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John Shoemaker, a Philadelphia resident and 2012 graduate of Tyler School of Art, came to The Studio this summer upon a recommendation from one of his profes...

Ruffner Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes "Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course" by American artist, Ginny Ruffner.

Museum Under Water: The Corning Flood of 1972
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On June 23, 1972, Corning, New York and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At The Corning Museum of Glass, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library's materials were saturated with flood water, and the

Lipofsky California Loop Series
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Learn more about "California Loop Series" by artist Marvin Lipofsky.

Harry Allen and The Waffle Project
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Industrial designer Harry Allen came to The Corning Museum of Glass to work on ideas for his line of objects cast from real life. In this session at the Museum, Allen made prototypes of glass waffles cast in new and antique waffle irons.

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

Lišková Anthem of Joy in Glass- Family
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Anthem of Joy was created by the Czech designer Věra Liškova. It was made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) over a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Gift of Art Centrum.

Bill Anderson oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Bill Anderson, former Corning Glass Works employee, interviewed May 2011. Bill Anderson was born and raised in Corning, NY. He reminisces about growing up in the area, his father's employment as a gaffer at Corning Glass Works, his own employment, and the

Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary, in 2012, of the "birth" of the American Studio Glass movement, this exhibition features works by one of the founders of the movement, Harvey K. Littleton. The objects on display- 19 vessels and sculptures and five vitreographs (prints made from

Tiffany Landscape Window- Family
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This window, decorated with hollyhocks, trumpet vines and wisteria, came from a mansion overlooking the Hudson River.

GlassLab (5 minute trailer)
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This is a 5 minute trailer of GlassLab, a film by Deidi von Schaewen, 2012. View the complete 40 minute video at 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

What is GlassLab?
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A film by Meredith and Austin Bragg featuring interviews with the creators of the Corning Museum's GlassLab Design Program. This film is on view in the exhibition Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab, learn more at www.cmog.org

Marquis Marquiscarpa
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes "Marquiscarpa" by American artist Richard Marquis. Unsatisfied with the limited techniques practiced and taught in American studio glass in the 1960s, studio glass pioneer Richard Marquis went to the Venini glassworks on Murano in 1969. There, he

2300°: Honky Tonk Holiday (November 17, 2011)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This Honky Tonk Holiday event (Nov. 17, 2011), included music by Eileen Jewell, glassmaking by DH McNabb, and more.

Glass Slipper- Family
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The glass slipper was made in Corning, New York to be worn in a movie about Cinderella. The movie was never made, so the slipper was never worn. Gift of Corning Glass Works.

Beat Karrer: 2011 GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum
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Beat Karrer explains the three designs from his GlassLab session at the Vitra Design Museum in June, 2011. His designs for an angular carafe, opaque hourglass, and transparent drop lighting object use concepts of industrial design applied to pieces in glass. The Zurich-based designer develops new

Stories from The Flood of '72: Dr. Robert Brill
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"Our goal was to overcome defeatism before it ever had a chance to set in, and to provide encouragement for the stricken people of the community," declared Dr. Robert H. Brill, director of the Museum during the post-flood restoration period. The Flood of '72: Community, Collections,

Steuben Cascade Wall- Family
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Cascade Wall was designed by George Thompson and made in Corning by Steuben Glass for its New York City showroom. When it was installed in the showroom in 1959, it had a reflecting pool at the bottom. Gift of Steuben Glass, Inc.

Barbara Etter: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
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GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to glass as a means to immediately prototype designs in front of a live audience. During Art Basel in June, 2011, GlassLab presented at the Vitra Design Museum. Designer Barbara Etter describes her experience with

Glass of HW Stiegel
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes glass of HW Stiegel, produced by the American Flint Glass Manufactory of Henry William Stiegel. Stiegel opened a glasshouse in Manheim, PA, in 1764. He was originally a manufacturer of window and bottle glass, but his main interest was fine lead

Meet the Artist: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg
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"Masters of Studio Glass: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg" was the first in a series of focus exhibitions celebrating the diverse work of contemporary studio glass artists. It examined the careers of two well-respected artists who work in glassblowing and glass casting. While

Toso Chess Set
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Chess Set, created by Italian glass artist Gianni Toso. In this whimsical, yet functional, chess set, a Jewish rabbi and a Roman Catholic bishop (the two kings) join a group of holy men and women holding Judeo-Christian symbols of faith, including crosses,

Tazza with Medici Arms
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Listen as curator Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk describes this tazza with Medici Arms. This tazza is enameled with the coat of arms of the Medici family combined with crossed keys and a papal tiara, suggesting that they were made for a member of the church, most probably either Pope Leo X or Pope

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