Warning message

Due to the winter storm projections, The Corning Museum of Glass will operate under a three-hour delay and will be open from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, January 20. The Rakow Library will be closed. The Museum and Library will return to normal hours and full operations on Monday, January 21 at 9 am.

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.

Pages

Chemistry of Glass
Article

Thousands of different chemical compositions can be made into glass. Different formulas affect the mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical, and thermal properties of the glasses that are produced. There is no single chemical composition that characterizes all glass. Typical glass contains formers

The Eastern Connection
Article

In the 19th century, at the very time when glassmakers were improving their skill in fashioning and annealing the large pieces that would be needed to create furniture, the number of contacts between Europe and countries to the east was increasing, and both England and France were expanding their

Glass Furniture in the 19th Century
Article

Today, it is not at all unusual to find glass tables and cabinets, as well as large glass lighting devices. But in the second half of the 19th century, when glass was first used in furniture on a commercial basis, it would have been truly remarkable to see such objects. The development of glass

F.& C. Osler
Article

F.& C. Osler was probably the largest European company that supplied glass objects to India. Its products sold there included both table wares and lighting devices. During the last quarter of the 1800s and the early years of the following century, Osler also made glass fountains and furniture

Jonas Defries & Sons
Article

One of the largest but least-known 19th-century English glass firms is Jonas Defries & Sons, which was located in the Houndsditch section of London from 1856 until the early 20th century. The company operated under various names for at least a century (an 1880 advertisement says that it was

Coalbourne Hill Glass Works
Article

The third English Company that made furniture for the Indian market was located in the Stourbridge area. This factory had been built early in the 19th century, and it was purchased by Joseph Webb in 1850. He was a cousin of Thomas Webb, owner of the famous glass firm of Thomas Webb & Sons, and

Fragile Legacy
Article

From their first commission for glass marine invertebrate models in 1863, to their later production of glass flowers for Harvard University’s well-known Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Leopold Blaschka (1822 – 1895) and his son Rudolf (1857 – 1939) masterfully captured in glass

Cameo Glass
Video

Discover the history of Roman cameo glass, and lean how it is made, with experts at The Corning Museum of Glass. This video was featured in the exhibit Reflecting Antiquity at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15 through May 27, 2008.

Glass Jug inside of a Jug
Video

Watch experts at The Corning Museum of Glass recreate one of the stranger glass pieces made in Roman times — a jug inside of another, larger jug! This video was featured in the exhibit Reflecting Antiquity at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15 through May 27, 2008.

Making Iridized Glass
Video

Learn about ancient iridized glass and a method for creating iridized glass surfaces. This video was featured in the exhibit Reflecting Antiquity  at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15 through May 27, 2008. Note: the method portrayed uses stannous chloride fumes, which can be highly toxic. Do

Tom Patti- Voices of Contemporary Glass
Video

Tom Patti explains his unique approach to working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009 through January 2, 2011.

Gold Glass
Video

Learn about Gold Glass from Ancient Rome, and also, how to make gold glass today. This video was featured in the exhibit Reflecting Antiquity  at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a kuttrolf
Video

This video shows the technique of making a kuttrolf, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010, to January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a medieval goblet
Video

This video shows the technique of making a medieval goblet, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass May 15, 2010, to January 2, 2011.

Hedwig Beaker
Video

Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes this object, a typical example of a puzzling group of glasses known as Hedwig beakers. They are unlike any other medieval objects of glass or rock crystal from the Islamic world, Byzantium, or western Christendom. These colorless or nearly colorless

GlassLab Design Session: Tim Dubitsky
Video

Designer Tim Dubitsky describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 14- 15, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Harry Allen & Chris Hacker
Video

Designers Harry Allen and Chris Hacker describe working at GlassLab during a two-day design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 21- 22, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Steven and William Ladd
Video

Designers Steven and William Ladd describe working at GlassLab during a two-day design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 28- 29, 2012.

GlassLab at Governors Island: David Weeks
Video

Designer David Weeks describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 28- 29, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked

GlassLab at Governors Island: Mike Perry
Video

Designer Mike Perry describes working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, June 30 and July 8, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers

GlassLab at Governors Island: Peter Buchanan-Smith
Video

Designer Peter Buchanan-Smith describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 21- 22, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers

GlassLab at Governors Island: Abbott Miller
Video

Designer Abbott Miller describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 28- 29, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked

GlassLab at Governors Island: Paul Sahre
Video

Designer Paul Sahre describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 21- 22, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked with

GlassLab at Governors Island: Georgie Stout
Video

Designer Georgie Stout describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 28- 29, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked

GlassLab at Governors Island: Inna Alesina
Video

Designer Inna Alesina describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 21- 22, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked

GlassLab at Governors Island: James Victore
Video

Designer James Victore describes working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, June 30 and July 7, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers

GlassLab at Governors Island: Eric Ku
Video

Designer Eric Ku describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, June 30- July 1, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked

GlassLab at Governors Island: Chris and Dominic Leong
Video

Designers Chris and Dominic Leong describe working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, July 1 and July 14, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert

GlassLab at Governors Island: Helen Lee
Video

Designer Helen Lee describes working with GlassLab during a design session on Governors Island in NYC, July 7- 8, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert glassmakers worked with

GlassLab at Governors Island: Leon Ransmeier
Video

Designer Leon Ransmeier describes working with GlassLab during design sessions on Governors Island in NYC, July 7- 8 and July 14, 2012. The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab at Governors Island, where the Museum's expert

Pages