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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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Lino Tagliapietra Guest Artist Demonstration | Tall sculpture (2016)
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Watch a never-before-released demonstration with Venetian glass Maestro, Lino Tagliapietra, at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop in 2016. NOTE: There is no room/hotshop sound, but there is the audio from the narrator starting at 8:29, which you’ll then hear randomly as they share what’s going on in

Arts in Education: A Matrix of Possibilities for Human Creativity | Behind the Glass Lecture
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James Haywood Rolling, Jr. is the current President-Elect of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and Chair of the new NAEA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission. He was inducted as part of the 2017 class of NAEA Distinguished Fellows in recognition of a career of exemplary

Micrographia, or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses, with observations and inquiries thereupon / by R. Hooke.
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Hooke, Robert, 1635-1703. Martyn, John, fl. 1649-1680, bookseller. Royal Society (Great Britain). Council. 97629 Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses London: Printed for John Martyn, 1667. [36], 246, [10] p., xxxviii leaves of plates (chiefly folded): ill.; 30

Janusz Poźniak Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Blown Away finalist Janusz Poźniak's demo from the Amphitheater Hot Shop on Friday, February 21. Note that we were unable to include a shot of the final piece out of the annealer, but you can see other completed works by Poźniak on his website https://www.januszpozniak.com Janusz Poźniak

Eric Goldschmidt Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch Eric Goldschmidt demonstrate the creation of a cup and foot from borosilicate glass and assemble them with a pre-made stem. An exceptional narrator, Goldschmidt will describe and demonstrate the proper use of diamond shears and jacks in flameworking applications, in addition to the

Mark Peiser: From There to Here and Back Again | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Since 1967 when Mark Peiser became involved with the Studio Glass Movement, he has been recognized for his unique approach and accomplishments. His investigation of the expressive implications of glass properties led to distinctive bodies of work, including the Palomar series. In this lecture,

Lino Tagliapietra Guest Artist Demonstration | Multi-colored sculpture (2016)
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Watch a never-before-released demonstration with Venetian glass Maestro, Lino Tagliapietra, at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop in 2016. Tagliapietra is recognized the world over as a master of traditional techniques, a teacher who has shaped the world of contemporary glass, and an artist who

Lino Tagliapietra Guest Artist Demonstration | Blue vase (2016)
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Watch a never-before-released demonstration with Venetian glass Maestro, Lino Tagliapietra, at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop in 2016. NOTE: There is no room/hotshop sound, but there is the audio from the narrator starting at 6:02, which you’ll then hear randomly as they share what’s going on in

Janusz Poźniak Guest Artist Live Stream
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Blown Away finalist Janusz Poźniak's demo will be streamed live from the Amphitheater Hot Shop on Friday, February 21 at 2 pm Eastern. Image courtesy of marblemedia

Clare Belfrage Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Clare Belfrage demonstrates for her class, The Nature of Things, the expressive uses of color and pattern in the hot shop. Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine glass threads to draw complex linear patterns on the surface of

Kristina Logan Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Guest Artist Kristina Logan partners with Museum glassworker Jeff Mack to create a glass goblet using one of Logan's signature style beads as the stem. See the final goblets starting at 2:00:28. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater

Eric Goldschmidt Studio Live Stream
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Watch Eric Goldschmidt demonstrate on February 12 at 11 am Eastern for his class, Goblets as a Tool for Growth, the creation of a cup and foot from borosilicate glass and assemble them with a pre-made stem. An exceptional narrator, Goldschmidt will describe and demonstrate the proper use of diamond

Cat Burns Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Students in Cat Burns’ glassblowing class, Playcation!, learn through experimentation. In this live streamed demonstration, Burns rolls up a pre-fused pâte de verre design on to the surface of a bubble, the culmination of her own years of experimentation in the hot shop. See the final piece out of

Max Erlacher Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (January 2020)
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Watch this rare opportunity to see Steuben Glass Master Engraver Max Erlacher demonstrate for his class, Engraving and Cold Working Techniques. Erlacher will share his knowledge of copper, stone, and diamond engraving, and cold working techniques. See the final engravings starting at 39:23. Take a

Clare Belfrage Studio Live Stream
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Watch on February 5 at 11 am Eastern as Clare Belfrage demonstrates for her class, The Nature of Things, the expressive uses of color and pattern in the hot shop. Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine glass threads to draw complex

Robert Comploj Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Robert Comploj’s glassblowing class, From Bubble to Art Installation, leads students from the very beginning of an idea, through the design process and fabrication, to the installation and exhibition. In this live streamed demo, Comploj showcases his technical discipline in the hot shop to create

The Making of "Blown Away" Panel Discussion
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Want to know what goes into creating the first-ever glassblowing competition show? Hear from the creators, contestants, a guest judge, and the host, and get the inside scoop on the making of Netflix's hottest new show. Host: Nick Uhas Contestants: Annette Sheppard and Momoko "Momo"

Glass Tension and the Prince Rupert’s Drop
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Prince Rupert’s Drops are incredibly strong, but they have an Achilles' heel. That’s why Prince Rupert who created them thought they’d make for excellent party tricks. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass safely shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas how this unique glass shape,

How Tough Can Glass Be?
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Host of "Blown Away," Nick Uhas, gets his mind blown when tough glass explodes. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass introduces him to the tension and compression stress found in the egg-shaped Bologna phial named for the city it was created in: Bologna, Italy.

Wait…That Cold Glass is Hot?
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Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how glass that may look cold can still be hot enough to do some damage—or pop some “Corn-ing” popcorn, which host Nick Uhas enjoys on the set of "Blown Away."

What Happens When Glass Cools Too Quickly?
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Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass makes a lovely glass vase for Nick Uhas from "Blown Away." But Nick soon finds out why annealing (slow cooling) is an important part of the glassmaking process. Learn more: https://www.cmog.org/article/annealing-glass

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.

Deborah Czeresko Guest Artist Demonstration (August 2019)
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Watch Deborah Czeresko, the winner of Blown Away, create a large scale muffler in glass. See the final piece starting at 1:25:39. Deborah Czeresko’s work originates from personal experience influenced by the complexities of modern day political and social ideas. https://www.cmog.org/bio/deborah

Deborah Czeresko Guest Artist Demonstration (October 2019)
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Watch Deborah Czeresko, the winner of Blown Away on Netflix, create a large scale muffler in glass. See the final piece starting at 2:08:42. Deborah Czeresko’s work originates from personal experience influenced by the complexities of modern day political and social ideas. https://www.cmog.org/bio

Patrick Primeau Guest Artist Demonstration
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See Guest Artist Patrick Primeau, a contestant from the art glass competition show Blown Away on Netflix, in this narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop on September 1. Patrick and Caroline Ouellette created a three-piece incalmo vessel. See the final piece starting at 2:03:37.

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.

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.

Claire Kelly Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (January 2020)
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Watch Claire Kelly demonstrate for her class, Blowing Glass with 104 COE, which explores the unconventional use of Morretti glass in the hot shop. Known for distinctive use of color to create patterns and striking visual effects, Claire will be creating an abstract blown glass form with carefully

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