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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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.

Toso Chess Set
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Chess Set, created by Italian glass artist Gianni Toso. In this whimsical, yet functional, chess set, a Jewish rabbi and a Roman Catholic bishop (the two kings) join a group of holy men and women holding Judeo-Christian symbols of faith, including crosses,

2300° with Davide Salvadore and Afrobeta
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"I tried to work wood, be a bartender... but in the end, I came back to the furnace. Every time," says Guest Artist Davide Salvadore who took over the Amphitheater Hot Shop for this 2300° demo. Music by Afrobeta. This duo with a cool, underground sound has what has been described as "

2300° with Pauline Deltour and The Jeff Love Band
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Guest Artist Pauline Deltour on her first experience working with glass: "I definitely want to do more things with glass. It's very alive, very unperfect, but that's what makes the beauty of it." Hear more from Deltour and music from The Jeff Love Band at December 2016's

Toots Zynsky | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Toots Zynsky is known for her distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels, which are unique explorations of color and form. Their exceptional designs are achieved through an interweaving of painting and sculpture. In her lecture, Zynsky shares her creative process and sources for inspiration,

The Story of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka
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The Botanical Wonders exhibition celebrated the singular triumph of glassmakers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) and offered close-ups of the people and the craft process behind the glass flowers. Video narrated by David Whitehouse.

Christa Westbrook Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Christa Westbrook create a large colorful vessel in this Guest Artist demo. See the final piece starting at 1:27:55. 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

Bandhu Dunham Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Bandhu Dunham demonstrates techniques for creating kinetic glass sculptures that utilize natural forces such as gravity, heat, and pressure to animate whimsical moving machines. See the final pieces starting at 1:04:41. Bandhu Dunham is the author of the definitive glass text, Contemporary

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 25, 2018)
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Watch as Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate goblet-making along with color chemistry and melting practice. See the final object starting at 1:01:32. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace

Prince Rupert's Drop
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Don't try this at home! A classic demonstration involving exploding glass: it spectacularly shows both the great strength and vulnerability of glass that has been rapidly cooled from the molten state.

Roman Mold-Blown Glass
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Watch glassmakers recreate ancient Roman glass objects by mold-blowing. This video was filmed in 2014 at the Roman-style wood-fired furnace in Villa Borg, Germany, which was created especially for researching Roman glassworking techniques.

McElheny Untitled (White)
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object "Untitled (White)" by American artist Josiah McElhany. Josiah McElheny is an accomplished glassblower who creates installations inspired by art or glass history, often using a specific historical or literary anecdote as a point of

Simone Crestani Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrates sculpting glass on a boro glass blowpipe on July 26, 2018 in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Crestani is dedicated to research and innovation and has used his experience to break away from the traditional glassmaking of Murano. Crestani now works borosilicate glass

Eusheen Goines Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (July 11, 2018)
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Watch as Eusheen Goines demonstrates the skills needed to create hollow work such as marbles, pendants, and original functional sculpture. See the final piece starting at 1:10:57. Object photographs by Connor Mchugh (@pyroscopic). Goines is an internationally-recognized flameworker known for his

Simone Crestani Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 18, 2018)
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrates hollow sculpting at the torch. See the final object starting at 1:00:00. An introspective and self-taught artist, Crestani has put together all of the lessons he’s learned and the experience he’s gained, to break away from the traditional glassmaking of Murano.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Guest Artist Demonstration (July 19, 2018)
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Watch Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck collaborate to create a large wrapped glass bowl. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:29:14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Optic Molding
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This technique was invented by Roman glassworkers. It was indispensable in glasshouses of the Middle Ages and flourished in Venice. Also known as dip molding, it remains popular today.

Mobile Hot Shop
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The Mobile Hot Shop takes the Corning Museum of Glass live glassmaking experience on the road, bringing the artistry and education of glassmaking beyond the walls of the museum – to the public, the design community, and museums worldwide. The Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop uses unique

Micke Johansson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Micke Johansson demonstrate his unique style of glassworking in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during his demonstration on July 12, 2018. See the final piece out of the annealer at 1:53:40. Micke Johansson is a master glassblower and designer from Sweden. When he was 16 years old,

Guest Artist Demonstration: Bertil Vallien
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Renowned artist Bertil Vallien demonstrates the art of sandcasting in the Amphitheater Hot Shop using found pieces from The Studio. Vallien gave a lecture on the technique of sandcasting, a process that he is largely responsible for developing, at the Museum on April 20, 2015. Vallien is the most

Guest Artist Lecture: Bertil Vallien
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Renowned for his sculptures in glass which appear to enclose light in the interior of the object, Bertil Vallien talks about the technique of sand casting, a process that he is largely responsible for developing. Bertil Vallien is the most widely recognized and admired artist working in glass in

Don't Try This At Home
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See the Don't Try This At Home demo this summer, one of 50+ live glass demonstrations at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Heather Spiewak Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Heather Spiewak create a vessel using four separate pieces of cut glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 28, 2018. See the finished vessel starting at 1:07:47. A member of the Hot Glass Team, Heather Spiewak graduated from Illinois State University, where she studied studio

Jason Howard Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Jason Howard demonstrated for his flameworking class, "If You Can Understand It, You Can Do It," at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final object starting at 54:53. R. Jason Howard is a glass artist who specializes in borosilicate flameworking. He lives in

American Indians in Tiffany's Marquette Mural
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In conjunction with the 2017 special exhibition, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, on view from May 20, 2017- through January 6, 2018, director of education and interpretation Kris Wetterlund sat down with cultural historian Logan Pappenfort from the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma to discuss the

Fred Kahl Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artist Fred Kahl make a sculpture using cast glass shapes during his Guest Artist demo for 2300°: GlassFest on May 24, 2018. See the final piece out of the annealer starting at 1:37:28. Fred Kahl, or ‘The Great Fredini’ as he is known, is a New York City-based artist (and magician) who

Courtney Dodd Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Courtney Dodd make a large, white vase during her demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 21, 2018. See the finished vase starting at 1:23:24. Courtney Dodd is a full-time artist who lives and works in the mountains of Bakersville, North Carolina. She's worked for Devin

Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (June 20, 2018)
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Watch as Bill Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, "An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques," at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final objects out of the annealer starting at 1:01:58. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an

Welcome to GlassBarge
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Climb aboard GlassBarge by The Corning Museum of Glass. The innovative, all-electric floating glass-making studio is making her way up the Hudson River. Enjoy the beauty of New York’s waterways as the talented Hot Glass Team demonstrates the centuries-old artform of glassblowing. This mobile

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Clare Belfrage (July 15, 2015)
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Watch as Clare Belfrage demonstrated for her class, Line Drawings and More, the crazy wonders of cane drawing, which involves “drawing” with fine glass lines onto glass forms in the hot shop. Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine

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