All About Glass

All About Glass

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Portland Vase Iconography
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The Portland Vase is the best-known ancient Roman cameo glass vessel. It is in the collection of the British Museum in London. For some pieces of art, the meaning of a figural scheme is clear; in others, the interpretation takes years to decipher; and in the %%case%% of the Portland Vase, scholars

Reflections on Glass: Telescope Mirrors
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I contrived heretofore, a perspective by Reflexion.       —Sir Isaac Newton, c. 1668 The refracting telescope gave astronomers their first real glimpse of the heavens. Then, it began to frustrate them. At higher magnifications, the instrument’s glass lenses produced distorted images. Pioneering

The Hale Reflecting Telescope at Palomar
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Lenses are used in refracting telescopes. Mirrors are used in reflecting telescopes. The mirrors are ground and polished so that a precise concave surface remains to be coated with a shiny, reflective finish. Mirrors concentrate light and focus all colors of the spectrum in an image. No lens can

Master of Studio Glass: František Vízner
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In 1979, the Museum’s landmark exhibition, New Glass: A Worldwide Survey, introduced to the American public the work of a Czechoslovak glassmaker, František Vízner. Nearly 30 years later, the Museum presented Vizner once again at Corning as a studio glass master. Masters of %%Studio Glass%%:

Tom Patti: Investigations into a Complicated Universe
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Artist Tom Patti was drawn to glass in the 1960s, while designing houses of inflatable plastic for the developing world. “I wanted to work with materials that I could open up and look at,” he says. Sheet glass, readily available and affordable, attracted him as a means to expand his vocabulary of

The Long Road to Success: Fusion Draw Glass
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Both companies were chasing the same thing: the enormous market for flat glass. While Pilkington was working to develop flat glass, Corning Glass Works was developing a process of its own. Fusion draw produced a continuous sheet of exceptionally thin, pristine glass, but it was too slow to compete.

Making Window Glass by Hand: Crown & Cylinder Glass
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When you think of a window, you think of a flat piece of glass. But window glass didn’t always start out flat. It once began as a massive bubble on the end of a glassblower’s pipe. To flatten the bubble, the glassblower could spin it rapidly into a huge disk called a crown. After it was cool, the

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Steven Weinberg
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Voices of Contemporary Glass: Peter Aldridge
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Annealing Glass
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If a hot glass object is cooled "too quickly," it may be strained at room temperature, and therefore may break easily. For small, or thin-walled shapes (particularly those made of glasses having low expansions) the effect may not be serious. For more massive pieces, the strain can be very

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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