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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Guest Artist Live Stream: Masahiro Sasaki
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See guest artist Masahiro Sasaki during a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 15 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Japanese artist Sasaki subscribes to the concept of “kogei,” skilled craftsmanship, and how material and technique lead to form. (Photo credit: Image provided by the

Studio Live Stream: Joe Peters
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Heavily influenced by marine life and the natural world, artist Joe Peters demonstrates for students in his class how to create detailed sculptures of animals, plants and humans in borosilicate. Get an insider’s view during this live stream from his class Form Meets Function on August 14. (Photo

Guest Artist Live Stream: Tom Moore
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See Guest Artist Tom Moore during a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Moore uses traditional glassmaking techniques to create whimsical fantasy worlds and the creatures that inhabit them. (Photo credit: Image provided by the artist. Attribution

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"

Catherine Ayers Guest Artist Demonstration (July 2019)
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Watch Catherine Ayers create a glass man on the moon in this demo from the Amphitheater on July 25, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:32:16 Making glass since 2001, Ayers’ whimsical and unique glass creations are always changing through her ongoing incorporation of different inspirations and

Studio Live Stream: Jim Byrnes
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Flameworker Jim Byrnes teaches students in his class the skills for solid sculpting, hollow ware, straight seals, and pulling points. Get an insider’s view in to his processes during this live stream from his class Flameworkers Blow Glass Too! on July 31. (Photo credit: Image provided by the artist

Behind the Scenes of Blown Away
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For the final episode of the Netflix original series Blown Away, The Corning Museum of Glass was invited onto the set and into the spotlight. The Museum's senior manager of hot glass programs, Eric Meek, served as the guest evaluator, bringing six talented glassmakers from the Museum's

Suellen Fowler Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (June 2019)
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Watch Suellen Fowler's demo of making a flameworked glass owl from June 26, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:11:37. When not teaching at The Studio, Fowler devotes much time and energy to developing and refining oxide formulas to color borosilicate glass. Her work features rich colors

Martin Janecký Guest Artist Demonstration (July 2019)
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Watch Guest Artist Martin Janecký's demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from July 18, 2019. See the final piece starting at 2:29:19. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Group Tours at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Why should you bring your group to The Corning Museum of Glass? In addition to showcasing 35 centuries of glass art and history, The Corning Museum of Glass is home to a world-class demonstration space, a stunning Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and guests can even try glassmaking themselves. With

Matteo Seguso Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch the narrated demonstration with Guest Artist Matteo Seguso in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from July 11, 2019. See the final piece starting at 1:38:00. NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this recording does not have the audio from the hot shop that we typically record, but the narration is

Making an Impact
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The Corning Museum of Glass impacts our communities in ways beyond the obvious. https://www.cmog.org

Conservation Live Stream: Glass from a Conservator's Perspective
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In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator;  Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator; and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share the issues and concerns that conservators keep an eye out for when managing a collection of glass objects that spans from

Helen Tegeler: Museum Gaffer
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Helen Tegeler on new ways of working with an ancient material: "Even with such a rich history we strive to find new ways to explore and push the boundaries--trying to make glass not necessarily look like glass but using it as my communication for creativity." The Museum Gaffer Profiles

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,

B Team Hot Soup Day Two, Undated
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Edited File, Undated
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Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew, they became a not-for-profit organization, and began

B Team Hot Soup Tricks, circa 1996
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Hot Soup Tricks 2, circa 1996
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Hot Soup Tricks 3, circa 1996
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Hot Soup, Undated
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

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."

B Team Performances during the 1992 Seminar, 1992
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Spontaneous Combustion 2, Undated
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

The B Team at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Narrated by Zesty Meyers, circa 1993
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

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

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.

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