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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2011 Hot Glass Roadshow: Glass Art Society (Seattle)
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Introduction to the Hot Glass Roadshow at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.

The Museum's 60th Birthday
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On May 19, 2011, The Corning Museum of Glass celebrated its 60th birthday- and treated its first visitor in style. Here's a brief overview of that day.

Ancient Egyptian Furnace
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes an ancient Egyptian furnace. This is a full-scale model of a furnace that was used for making glass at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, nearly 3500 years ago. The model shows half of the furnace. The lower part was constructed in a pit, with only the dome above

The Morgan Vase
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes the Morgan Vase. The Victorian sense of "good taste" emphasized ornate works. Some glassmakers met this demand by creating dramatic color effects. Several American factories produced Peachblow glass, which had a surface that shaded from

Meet the Artist: Benjamin and Debora Moore
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Corning Museum of Glass, November 30, 2007 When you look at great artists, you see content in their work. I mean, you see something unique, you see something coming across that’s challenging. Challenging your intellect; challenging your thought process, which is what art is all about, in my opinion

Exhibitions Podcast Episode 1: Botanical Wonders- July 1, 2007
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Welcome. You are listening to a podcast by The Corning Museum of Glass focused on the Museum’s 2007 special exhibition, Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers. The exhibition, which is on view through November 25, 2007, tells the story of the creation of the extraordinary glass

The Story of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka
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The Botanical Wonders exhibition celebrates the singular triumph of glassmakers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) and offers close-ups of the people and the craft process behind the Glass Flowers. David Whitehouse narrates. "Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard

Chocolate and Glass: A Tasty Comparison
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Dr. Samuel R. Scholes established the first glass science program in the United States at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, in 1932. He continued to be a leader in the field of glass science and technology at Alfred for over 40 years. In the essay below, he demonstrates his

Meet the Artist: Jiří Harcuba & April Surgent
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Corning Museum of Glass, June 24, 2010 Tina Oldknow:  Thank you all very much for coming out tonight.  I think many of you will remember the snowstorm that you braved to hear Dante Marioni speak last February. Tonight is a thunderstorm that heralds the “Meet The Artist” lecture, which will be

From the 1908 Ornamental Glass Bulletin: "Odd Uses of Glass"
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"It was only a few months ago that plans were drawn for a house to be built of compressed opalescent glass bricks to be erected at Beechhurst; L.I. The house will be built, as regards material, very similar to some small one and two story office buildings which have been erected in Des Moines,

Restoring Tiffany
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Here’s the ultimate jigsaw puzzle: take 40 pieces of shattered glass in varying sizes, and hundreds of tiny chips of glass, and put them together to restore a rare Tiffany Peacock Eye Lamp base to its full glory. That’s just what the Museum’s conservator, Stephen Koob, has done. Unless you examine

Master of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner
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The ever-evolving work of American artist Richard Craig Meitner, distinguished by its wit and poetry, reflects a variety of influences and ideas, ranging from Japanese textiles, Italian painting, and German Expressionist graphics, to science and the natural world. A new survey of his work, Masters

Glass of the Maharajahs
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The Tradition of Glass Furniture The tradition of glass furniture began in the early nineteenth century when the Russian Imperial Glass Works created several tables for members of the imperial family. But it was the opening of the 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in

Glass of the Alchemists
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In the late 17th century, European glassmakers scored two major successes. In Bohemia, the British Isles, and Germany, they produced crystal glass vessels that resembled natural rock crystal. And in Brandenburg, Germany, they also manufactured red vessels—from gold ruby glass—that looked as if they

Glass Behind the Iron Curtain: Czech Design, 1948-1978
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An Interview with Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass This interview was conducted in December 2001 in preparation for the opening of the 2002 summer exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass: Glass Behind the Iron Curtain: Czech Design, 1948-1978. The Corning Museum of Glass is known for the

Scavo
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian, “excavation”) A technique involving the application, to the surface of an object, of substances that, when heated to about 1470°F (800°C), fuse and create an effect similar to weathering, thereby imitating glass from an archeological excavation.

Potash
Glass Dictionary Term

Potassium carbonate. It is an alternative to soda as a source of alkali in the manufacture of glass.

Natron
Glass Dictionary Term

Sodium sesquicarbonate, originally obtained mainly from the Wadi el-Natrun, northwest of Cairo. It was commonly used by Roman glassmakers as the alkali constituent of batch.

René Roubícek
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René Roubícek is another Czech artist who disguised his obvious interest in abstract art in glass design. Like Jirí Harcuba, Roubícek used glass as expressively as possible. While Harcuba focused on engraved decoration, Roubícek experimented with the actual form of the glass, creating shapes that

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: American Glass from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties
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Meet the Artist: Toots Zynsky
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Meet the Artist: Lino Tagliapietra
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Meet the Artist: Kait Rhoads and Amy Rueffert
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Meet the Artist: Debora Moore and Benjamin Moore
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Meet the Astronomer: Scott Kardel
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  Corning Museum of Glass, March 24, 2011 David Whitehouse: Good evening everyone and welcome to this opportunity to meet astronomer Scott Kardel of the Palomar Observatory. Eighty years ago, another astronomer, George Ellery Hale, thought big. Not content with observing the heavens through a

Aeolipile
Glass Dictionary Term

(from Greek) The name sometimes given to globular or pear-shaped objects with a narrow neck and mouth. The function of these objects is uncertain. The word was originally applied to a device, invented in the second century B.C., in which a closed, water-filled vessel, when heated, was made to

Glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A homogeneous material with a random, liquidlike (noncrystalline) molecular structure. The manufacturing process requires that the raw materials be heated to a temperature sufficient to produce a completely fused melt, which, when cooled rapidly, becomes rigid without crystallizing.

Acid stamping
Glass Dictionary Term

The process of acid-etching a trademark or signature into glass after it has been annealed, using a device that resembles a rubber stamp to apply the acid.

Bandwurmglas
Glass Dictionary Term

(German, “tapeworm glass”) A variety of Stangenglas decorated with a notched trail wound spirally, like a worm, around the wall. Glasses of this type were made in Germany between the 15th and 17th centuries.

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