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.

Vannoccio Biringuccio, De la pirotechnia, 1540
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The technology of printing with movable type, which had been invented in the mid-15th century, was still in its youth when Vannoccio Biringuccio’s comprehensive work on metallurgy, De la pirotechnia, was published in Venice in 1540. The phenomenon of the printed book spread knowledge and encouraged

60 Years- Rakow Research Library
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The Library was established as part of the Museum in 1951. Today, it houses the world's largest and finest collection of resources on the art and history of glass. Much of the collection consists of unique items, such as the archives and original design drawings for stained glass. This video

Harry Phillips oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Harry Phillips, former gaffer for Steuben, interviewed May 2011. Harry Phillips started his career in glass at Corning Glass Works while still in high school. After leaving high school he went to Steuben where he continued for 46 years, working his way up to

Jerry Kersting oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Jerry Kersting, retired engineer for Corning, Inc., interviewed May 2010. Jerry Kersting was born in Jersey City, N.J., in 1939. He attended Rutgers University where he obtained a degree in civil engineering for the Facilities Group. In 1960, after spending a

Gordon Casterline oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Gordon Casterline, retired from Corning, Inc., interviewed May 2010. Gordon Casterline talks about his career with Corning Glass Works/Corning Incorporated.

Dan Keyes oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Dan Keyes, former gaffer for Steuben, interviewed October 2010. Daniel Keyes reminisces about his career in glass at Corning Glass Works, starting as a teenager with working papers. He was hired as a section tender and steadily moved through different areas of

Bill Anderson oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Bill Anderson, former Corning Glass Works employee, interviewed May 2011. Bill Anderson was born and raised in Corning, NY. He reminisces about growing up in the area, his father's employment as a gaffer at Corning Glass Works, his own employment, and the

Whitefriars Archive at The Rakow Research Library
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Hear from Chief Librarian Jim Galbraith on the recently acquired Whitefriars archive at The Rakow Research Library. The Library received a National Leadership Grant for Libraries; Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help conserve and digitize

Antonio Neri, L’Arte vetraria, 1612
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As the Italian Renaissance entered its last century and Galileo Galilei was using his telescope to advance the science of astronomy, a Florentine priest named Antonio Neri was writing a guide for glassmakers that would inform their craft for the next 200 years. Titled L’Arte vetraria (The art of

Mappae Clavicula
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The oldest of the Rakow Library’s holdings, this 12th-century Latin manuscript might best be described as a chemistry book for the medieval artist. The Mappae clavicula presents more than 200 recipes for making various substances used in art and craft. In these formulas, ingredients found in the

Perfume Bottles: From Design Table to Dressing Table
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Since ancient times, perfume bottles have served to contain the most subtle of mysteries: delightful, seductive scents. Before glassblowing, ancient Egyptian artisans fashioned exquisite containers from alabaster, metals, precious stones, and core-formed glass to hold their highly valued perfumes.

From the 1908 Ornamental Glass Bulletin: "Odd Uses of Glass"
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"It was only a few months ago that plans were drawn for a house to be built of compressed opalescent glass bricks to be erected at Beechhurst; L.I. The house will be built, as regards material, very similar to some small one and two story office buildings which have been erected in Des Moines,

Historical Perspectives: Katharine Lamb Tait, 1895–1981
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Katharine Lamb Tait was born on June 3, 1895 in Alpine, New Jersey. Katharine’s father who was architect and designer, Charles Rollinson Lamb, was also president of Lamb Studios and the Stained Glass Association of America. 7 Her mother, Ella Condie Lamb was an artist. 1 In 1912, Tait graduated