All About Glass

All About Glass

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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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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

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.

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.

Bottle with Handles- Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique of making a glass bottle with handles. Although glass vessels were never as cheap as earthenware, they had several advantages. They were easy to clean, they did not impart an odor to their contents, and they allowed one to see the

The Corning Ewer- Family
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This is one of the finest pieces of cut glass in the entire museum! The eggshell-thin colorless glass was covered with a green overlay. After cooling, the green was partly carved away to create the decoration.

Cage Cup- Family
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Cage cups were made by Roman glasscutters in the fourth century AD. The entire vessel was cut from a thick-walled glass hemisphere. The metal attachments show that the object was a hanging lamp. Imagine the shadows the "cage" would have cast as the lamplight flickered.

Rummer with Raven Seal- Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this Ravenscroft goblet. In March 1674, the English glassmaker George Ravenscroft applied for a patent to make colorless lead glass. Unfortunately, this glass was prone to crizzling, a chemical instability that results in

Blaschka Case- Family
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During their long careers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka made many thousands of models of small animals and plants. They sold these all over the world, including to Harvard University.

Warrior Vase- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this cameo glass vase. This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.

Katherine Gray at March 2010 2300°
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Katherine Gray talks about her work, her demonstration at the March 2010 2300 Degrees, and her new installation in the Museum's Contemporary Glass Gallery.

The Best of Twisty Cup Roadshow Demo: 2011 Glass Art Society (Seattle)
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Joe Miller from M-Space explains how creativity and performance are judged at the annual competition, now in its 8th year.

Shin Azumi: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
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Shin Azumi discusses his project at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011. GlassLab is a design program of The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass, offering rare access for designers to experiment with and explore the properties of the material.

60 Years- The Flood
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On June 23, 1972, Corning suffered a major natural disaster. Tropical Storm Agnes inflicted three days of incessant rain on western New York and Pennsylvania. Corning's normally peaceful Chemung River became a torrent. The river overflowed its dikes, and downtown Corning was inundated. At the

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

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

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.

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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