All About Glass

All About Glass

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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.

Berkemeyer
Glass Dictionary Term

(German) A type of drinking glass, similar to a Römer, but with a funnel-shaped mouth. It was made in Germany and the Low Countries in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Cluthra
Glass Dictionary Term

A type of Art Glass developed in the 1920s by Frederick Carder (1863-1963) at Steuben Glass Works in Corning, New York.

Cullet
Glass Dictionary Term

(1) Raw glass or pieces of broken glass from a cooled melt, intended for use as an ingredient of batch; (2) scrap glass intended for recycling.

Decolorizer
Glass Dictionary Term

A substance (such as manganese dioxide or cerium oxide) used to remove or offset the greenish or brownish color in glass that results from (1) iron impurities in the batch or (2) iron or other impurities in the pot or elsewhere in the production process.

Depression glass
Glass Dictionary Term

Inexpensive, machine-pressed American glassware made between about 1920 and 1950.

Fake
Glass Dictionary Term

A genuine object that has been altered or “improved” for the purpose of enhancing its value.

Fancy glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A term used to describe a very wide variety of 19th-century European and American decorative glass.

Fining
Glass Dictionary Term

The physical and chemical process of eliminating bubbles from the melt by raising the temperature to make the glass more fluid and adding fining agents such as arsenic and antimony.

Firing
Glass Dictionary Term

The process of (1) heating the batch in order to fuse it into glass by exposing it to the required temperature in a crucible or pot, (2) reheating unfinished glassware while it is being worked, or (3) reheating glassware in a muffle to fuse enamel or gilding. The melting of the batch may require a

Founding
Glass Dictionary Term

The initial phase of melting batch. For many modern glasses, the materials must be heated to a temperature of about 2450°F (1400°C). This is followed by a maturing period, during which the molten glass cools to a working temperature of about 2000°F (1100°C).

Hard glass
Glass Dictionary Term

A generic name for glass (e.g., borosilicate glass) with a relatively low coefficient of expansion. Soft glass (e.g., soda-lime glass), by contrast, has a relatively high coefficient of expansion.

Hofkellereiglas
Glass Dictionary Term

(German, “court wine-cellar glass”) A drinking glass used in the buttery of a German court.

Intercalaire
Glass Dictionary Term

(French, “inserted”) The process of applying two layers of decoration, the first being covered with a skin of glass that serves as the surface for the second.

Kiln wash
Glass Dictionary Term

A refractory powder that can be mixed with water and applied to shelves in a kiln or to mandrels to prevent glass or glaze from sticking to them. This is also known as bat wash.

Lagynos
Glass Dictionary Term

(from Greek) A pitcher with a tall, narrow neck and a wide body.

Laub-und Bandelwerk
Glass Dictionary Term

A type of interlaced ornament consisting of foliage and strapwork, popular in Germany and Bohemia in the 18th century.

Layered glass
Glass Dictionary Term

Glass containing layers of different colors. Decorative effects can be obtained by revealing the contrasting colors by acid etching, carving, cutting, or engraving.

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