All About Glass

All About Glass

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Crizzling
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The Stages of Crizzling Stage 1: Initial Stage Presence of alkali on the glass gives the surface a cloudy or hazy appearance. Tiny droplets or fine crystals can form if there is high (above 55%) or low (below 40%) relative humidity. Glass may feel slippery or slimy. Washing will remove alkali from

Historical Glassmaking Techniques
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See glass scholar and artist William Gudenrath demonstrate historical glassmaking techniques. Façon de Venise Goblet Although in the 16th century the maximum penalty for a glassblower leaving Murano, the “glass island” of Venice, to work elsewhere was death, many did. The Low Countries became home

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: 1890: Ad for Art Glass
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Lava Vase
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Burmese Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Decorated Peachblow Footed Vase
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Royal Flemish Vase with Camel and Rider
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Royal Flemish Punch Bowl with Brownie Decoration
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Lamp with Silver Fittings
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Water Carafe, cut in Wheeler pattern
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Rose Globe
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Dish
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Kerosene Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: “Puffy” Table Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Butterfly Table Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Electric Table Lamp
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Ambero Glass Vase
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Covered Engraved Dish
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Crown Milano Bowl on Stand
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Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Tazza
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Chemistry of Glass
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Thousands of different chemical compositions can be made into glass. Different formulas affect the mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical, and thermal properties of the glasses that are produced. There is no single chemical composition that characterizes all glass. Typical glass contains formers

Types of Glass
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Nearly all commercial glasses fall into one of six basic categories or types. These categories are based on chemical composition. Within each type, except for fused silica, there are numerous distinct compositions. Soda-lime glass  is the most common (90% of glass made), and least expensive form of

William Gudenrath- Artist's Choice Tour
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Glass artist William Gudenrath shares his love of one of his favorite pieces in the Corning Museum of Glass, Anthem of Joy by Vera Liskova (79.3.14).

Jiří Harcuba- Artist's Choice Tour
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During his Artist's Choice Tour, Jiri Harcuba speaks about his favorite piece at The Corning Museum of Glass, Cup with Christ Healing the Paralytic (66.1.38).

Sigga Heimis: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2010
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Designer Sigga Heimis works with glassmakers from The Corning Museum of Glass to create glass eyes, brains and hearts on GlassLab at Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Reynolds Family Matter- Technique
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes the object "Family Matter" by American artist Jill Reynolds.

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object "Untitled (White)" by American artist Josiah McElhany, who reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Libenský Installation- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Meteor, Flower, Bird" by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, who convey three messages with this sculpture. Meteor, on the left, represents Corning as an international center for the study of glass. The flower, in the middle

Core Formed Vase- Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique of making a core-formed vessel. The technique of core forming, which was introduced around the middle of the 16th century BC, was used to fashion some of the first glass vessels. Core forming involves the application of glass to a

The Morgan Cup Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass cup was made.

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