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 Glass Question at our Rakow Research Library.

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Artist in Residence: Marie Retpen (April 2010)
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April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Marie Retpen was hot working large pieces that would eventually become part of a large installation. She finds inspiration for her surreal works from the novels Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the movie The Terminator.

Sandblasting
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Here is the easiest, most modern way of decorating the surface of a piece of glass. A young child can sandblast competently! In the hands of a sophisticated artist, though, effects both subtle and dramatic are possible.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass: From the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties (Revised)
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Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, was one of America's longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957), one that rivaled its better known contemporaries, Tiffany and Steuben. It constantly reinvented and re-invigorated its business through creativity in texture,

Cutting Glass with a Diamond Saw
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Throughout glass history, workers have needed to saw pieces of glass cleanly. Using string and gritty mud-like slurry, ancient Egyptians and Greeks, for example, spent days accomplishing what the modern electric diamond saw does in seconds.

Grinding Glass
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Grinding is a process of removal by abrasion. People were grinding stone tools long before the discovery of glassmaking.

Lathe Cutting
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Here is everything you might want to know about how cut glass gets its decoration. Battuto cutting, much loved by contemporary Venetian glass artists and their followers, is also shown. Incredibly ancient in origin, the process is still widely appealing.

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.

Lino Tagliapietra- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Artist Lino Tagliapietra shares his love of working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath
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Experience the genius of master glassmaker William Gudenrath in the latest installment of the Glass Masters at Work series. Like the others in the series, this film was shot at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass by award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman.

Davide Salvadore: 2011 Studio Demo
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At The Studio, Davide Salvadore instructed on how to apply murrine to blown glass vessels and a Muranese technique called tociar piere. Salvadore comes from a tradition of glassworkers in Murano, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for glass. Davide Salvadore led a week-long workshop in

Glass Masters at Work: Pino Signoretto
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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman catches the drama and intensity of maestro Pino Signoretto creating his inventive works in glass. Filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and dramatically set to music for a dazzling sensory experience, this film allows students, artists,

Raw Materials of Glass
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See and understand the magical process of making glass from simple materials, by using great heat. Until the most recent times, glassmaking was a closely guarded secret passed on within workshops or even families from one generation to the next, often over hundreds of years.

Martin Janecky- Blown Sculpting
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Watch as glass artist Martin Janecky demonstrates blown sculpting as he creates one of his signature pieces.

Lišková Anthem of Joy in Glass (Family App)
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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.

Master Class 8: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore
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Davide Salvadore speaks of his profound love and respect for glass, and his family. He demonstrates working with murrine. Master Class VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (30 minute DVD presented by The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass).

Tomoko Azumi: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
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Designer Tomoko Azumi describes describes working at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011 during Art Basel. GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass.

Dremel Tool
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The next time you're in the dentist's chair, know that the grinding you hear—and feel—could also be taking place on a piece of glass! The very same tool can be used by artists to create beautiful engraved effects.

Keke Cribbs and Ross Richmond Demo: 2011 Glass Art Society Roadshow (Seattle)
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Keke Cribbs and Ross Richmond Demo at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part Two
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th or 14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob

60 Years- Supporting Living Artists
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In 1959, the Museum curated the landmark exhibition Glass 1959, which was one of the first significant surveys of modern glass. Since then, The Corning Museum of Glass has been committed to introducing new art and design in glass by providing resources, training, and support for artists working...

Spiral Thread and Handle on Roman Bottle
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Decoration in glassblowing at the furnace doesn't get more basic than this. Although it looks easy, glassblowing students struggle for weeks with every step forward!

Yves Behar: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Yves Behar talks about his experience working with GlassLab at Design/Miami 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.

Hand Sanding Glass
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Everyone knows that wood can be sanded to change its finish; surprisingly, so can glass. Specialized grinding blocks coated with industrial diamonds are best, but regular sandpaper works too.

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

(No Sound) Medieval Glass: Making a multi-sided beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a multi-sided beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a prunted beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a prunted beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Emilio Santini- Artist's Choice Tour
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Emilio Santini speaks about his favorite Livio Seguso pieces within the Voices of Contemporary Glass exhibit at The Corning Museum of Glass.

60 Years- Hot Glass around the World
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Outreach is an important part of the Museum's mission. Each year, the Museum's mobile hot shop travels to art fairs and other museums, providing live glassblowing demonstrations. An all-electric hot shop also sits on the top deck of three Celebrity Cruises ships, where Museum glassmakers

Coloring Glass
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Learn about how glass is colored with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Colored glass is made by adding small amounts of metal oxides to the batch.

Ice Glass
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A spectacular demonstration unique to glassblowing, ice glass was widely popular in Low Country cities like Amsterdam during the 17th century. Did the abundant canals of Amsterdam and of Venice, where the process was invented, inspire this watery idea?

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