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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G Brian Juk Guest Artist Demonstration
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See guest artist G Brian Juk's demo from the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 27. See the final piece starting at 1:56:54. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the

How Do You Color Glass?
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Nick Uhas from Blown Away works with Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass to learn how to apply color to clear glass. It’s as simple as putting sprinkles on a sweet treat!

Tools are a Glassmaker’s Friend
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Glassmakers use very humble tools to shape a material hotter than lava. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas some of a glassmaker’s trusty sidekicks. Learn more: https://www.cmog.org/article/tools-glassmaker

What it Takes to Blow a Glass Bubble
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Think you need lungs of steel? Not quite! Nick Uhas, host of "Blown Away," learns how to blow a glass bubble with Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass.

Laura Donefer Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch Laura Donefer's demo from June 19, 2019 at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final piece starting at 1:30:02. Laura Donefer distinguishes her work in two parts based on her emotional inspirations: the happy, beautiful baskets that make people smile, and her “darker work”

What is Glass Made Of?
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Have you ever wondered what glass is made of? So has host Nick Uhas! Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass talks about the basic ingredients found in all that beautiful glass made on Blown Away. Learn more in this article, What is Glass?

The Corning Museum of Glass Partners with Blown Away
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The Corning Museum of Glass was involved in Blown Away from concept to reality. Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, explains how that partnership culminated into a special last episode in the first season.

Blown Away by the Possibilities of Glass
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It’s easy to overlook glass in our everyday life. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from Blown Away, and Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, talk about how they hope Blown Away helps people see glass in a new light.

Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart Guest Artist Demonstration
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See Guest Artists Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart 's demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from June 20, 2019. See the final works starting at 1:14:58. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide

Nadine Saylor Guest Artist Demonstration
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See Guest Artist Nadine Saylor 's demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from June 13, 2019. See the final pieces out of the annealer starting at 1:12:01. Saylor’s work investigates the rise and fall of the American economy while preserving its history in glass. Her work is a recollection of the

Want to Try Glassmaking Yourself?
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After watching Blown Away, you’ll be inspired to try glassmaking yourself! Luckily, there are lots of opportunities. Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, offers tips on how new glass enthusiasts can learn glassmaking.

Exploring Glass as a Creative Material
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Despite 35 centuries of glass history, artists have only been exploring the material’s creative potential for mere decades. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from Blown Away, and Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, talk about the beginning of the Studio Glass Movement and its

What’s The Blown Away Residency?
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The Blown Away  prize package includes a residency at The Corning Museum of Glass. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator, and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss the details of the residency and why it’s so special.

How Contemporary Artists Find Their Fire at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Corning, New York, is synonymous with glass—and many artists find their way to this small town nestled in the Finger Lakes. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass explains how the Museum supports artists sculpting their own path in contemporary glassmaking.

Getting Started as a Glassblower
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There are many ways to become a glassblower—at art schools, through apprenticeships, or even at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Blown Away resident evaluator Katherine Gray and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass discuss how they got their start blowing glass.

Katherine Gray Talks About Her Personal Work
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Blown Away resident evaluator Katherine Gray is fascinated by how we interact with glass. Joined by Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Katherine discusses her inspirations and her new work, " Iridescent Aura Diptych II," which is one

Wes Fleming & Mike "Fig" Mangiafico Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch two master glass entomologists, Wesley Fleming and Michael "Fig" Mangiafico, teach students in their class how to create their own flameworked insects. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from their class Glass Entomology on June 12, 2019. See the final

Corning’s Current Exhibition: "New Glass Now"
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Blown Away  shines a spotlight on contemporary glass artists. New Glass Now, the current major exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass, showcases what’s happening in glass today. Katherine Gray, Blown Away  resident evaluator, hears about the exhibition from curator, Susie J. Silbert.

Treg Silkwood Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Treg Silkwood create a large driftwood sculpture in his Guest Artist demo from June 6, 2019. See photos of the final piece out of the anneler starting at 1:52:58. Using traditional and nontraditional glassblowing and sculpting techniques, Silkwood demonstrates translating natural forms into

Igor Balbi Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch Igor Balbi 's demo from June 5, 2019, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final piece starting at 58:58. When not teaching at The Studio, Balbi makes colorful, delicate goblets in his Murano workshop. He has perfected his signature flameworking techniques over the last

Contemporary Glass, Right Now
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Contemporary artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of what glass can do. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from  Blown Away, and Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss how art made in glass has evolved over recent decades.

How Experimentation has Shaped Glass
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Over the years, form, technique, and aesthetics have evolved in glass. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from Blown Away, and Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss these shifts and how artists’ experimentation has shaped the work being

Annette Sheppard 2300° Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Annette Sheppard 's live stream demonstration from May's 2300° event. See the final piece out of the annealer starting at 1:40:29. Annette Sheppard first studied glassmaking at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass while earning her BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from

Eric Goldschmidt: Museum Gaffer
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Eric Goldschmidt on being an artist: "To develop yourself as an artist you have to develop a relationship with yourself. It allows you to have confidence in how you develop your ideas in preparation to share them with the world." The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of

John Zinner Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist John Zinner in this narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on April 30. Zinner, a flameworker from Lauscha, Germany, creates a new figurative sculpture inspired by mythical creatures and nature. See the final piece starting at 1:57:26. Born into a family with a

Melissa Vandenberg Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch multidisciplinary artist Melissa Vandenberg in this demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on March 14, 2019. A Rockwell Collaborative Guest Artist, Vandenberg's work is part of The Rockwell’s exhibition series, Antigravity: A Space for Contemporary Perspectives. Inspired by relics

Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Not initially called astronomers, they were assistants, or human "computers," or Pickering’s Harem after Edward Pickering, a director of the Harvard Observatory. According to Dava Sobel, writing in The Glass Universe, they were the ladies of the Harvard Observatory who took measure of the

Jeff Zimmerman & James Mongrain Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artists Jeff Zimmerman and James Mongrain work together to create one of the largest blown glass sculptures ever created in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Zimmerman’s work exploits the pushing, pulling, dripping, and spinning actions that glass goes through as it takes shape, resulting in

Holiday Ornament Tree in 1 minute
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Watch over 2,000 hand-blown glass ornaments come together to create a glittering glass Holiday Ornament Tree in one minute. The Museum's ornament tree is a holiday tradition—the perfect background for an annual holiday photo. You can’t buy the ornaments on these trees, but you can Make Your

The Sunburst Vase by Waterford | The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of glassmaking coming to The Crystal City, Waterford’s Head of Design, Matt Kehoe, designed the Sunburst Vase. Rich in symbolism, each element of the vase was designed with intention. The exquisite cut sunburst represents the many days of hard work and dedication

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