All About Glass

All About Glass

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Weathered Archaeological Glass
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Glass is found at archaeological excavations in a variety of conditions. The glass condition can range from pristine, where no deterioration is visible, to so heavily degraded that practically all the glass has been transformed into corrosion products. The deterioration of the glass surface is

Chemistry of Glass
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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

Jim Mongrain Guest Artist Demonstration
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Kick off 2018 in a big way and watch Guest Artist Jim Mongrain in this live, narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop from January 14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Dragon-stem Goblet
Video

A dragon-stem goblet has many parts, including a bowl, a foot, and a dragon. Dip molding is used to create the dragon, and the parts are attached with glue bits. This goblet has pincered bits, a merese, an avolio, wings, and eyes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

Introducing GlassBarge
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In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning, via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of this pivotal journey, CMoG will launch GlassBarge—a canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric

CMOG in 2 Minutes
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Find a wing for 35 centuries of glass art and history, a floor dedicated to glass science and innovation, an all-new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and the largest hot glass demonstrations space in the world: there is more to see and do at The Corning Museum of Glass than ever before. Poster image

Lens Making in the 1600s
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Three centuries ago, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made hundreds of simple microscopes. He experimented with at least three methods to make their tiny lenses but kept his techniques secret. Based on scholarly research, this video made by The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how van Leeuwenhoek might

Jim Mongrain Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jim Mongrain demonstrates how to develop contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking for his class at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for

3. Gräser.
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Blaschka, Leopold, 1822-1895. Blaschka, Rudolf, 1857-1939. 112081 Gräser Referred to as: Herbarium 1883-1889. 1 portfolio; 38 cm. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka Archive, Box 27 Cover title. This item is in the Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka collection Apparently this was a 3rd volume of a set. Pages

Live-Streamed Studio Demo: James Mongrain (Sept 2, 2015)
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Watch as James Mongrain demonstrates for his class, Goblets: Form and Function, which focused on developing contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking. See a photo of the finished pieces.

Artist-in-Residence: Nisha Bansil
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Nisha Bansil’s work is an exploration of pattern, form, and structure. Living in the woods, she is inspired by observations made in her environment, such as light and shadow in the trees and plants, decay and growth in the life cycles on the forest floor, and the progress of time in the geology of

Nisha Bansil Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Nisha Bansil collaborate with musician Simon Bjarning for this can’t-miss performance at the December 2300° event, which featured a flame-dancing Rubens’ tube and blown glass with patterns generated by sound. See the first piece made out of the annealer at 1:10:56 and the second

A Mold-Blown Bottle from the Workshop of Titianus Hyacinthus
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This note describes and illustrates a mold-blown square bottle with an inscription on the base. 1 Description The bottle (Fig. 1) is 18.9 centimeters high and is made of transparent bluish green glass. The body was blown in a mold with four vertical sections and a separate baseplate. The object is

The Flood of 1972
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A sign in the Museum’s Admissions Lobby features a red line and the words “High Water Level, June 23, 1972.” This simple label fascinates visitors, but only hints at the devastating story behind it. The marker doesn’t convey that the flood caught the region largely unaware in the early hours of

Prince Rupert's Drop and Glass Stress
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Theoretically, because of the nature of its atomic bonds, glass should be about five times as strong as steel. However, glass tends to have less strength than theory would suggest. One of the main reasons for its loss of strength is surface and internal stress. If glass is cooled too rapidly, high

René Lalique
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Glass is a wonderful substance. Everything makes it an incomparable plastic medium in the hands of an ingenious artist, offering his imagination and talent almost limitless scope for discovery. ―René Lalique 1 From 1884, when his first jewelry designs were displayed at the Musée du Louvre, until

Filigrana
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian, “filigree glass”) The generic name for blown glass made with colorless, white, and sometimes colored canes. The filigrana style originated on the island of Murano in the 16th century and spread rapidly to other parts of Europe where façon de Venise glass was produced. Manufacture on

Laboratory Studies of Some Glasses from Vergina
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Colorless Glasses in Antiquity Most glass objects of the second and first millennia B.C. were strongly colored, as are the precious stones they were meant to imitate. Those that were not intentionally colored usually had a pronounced greenish tint, owing to the presence of iron impurities

An Inlaid Glass Plate in Athens: Laboratory Examination
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Introduction In recent years it has become apparent that laboratory examinations of ancient glass might provide archaeologists and historians with valuable information about both ancient glass and the history of technology. At present several scientists working in this field are developing those

Leaf Beakers and Roman Mold-blown Glass Production in the First Century A.D.
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In 1985, The J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a Roman mold-blown vessel that dates to the first century A.D. 1 Made of pale yellow-green glass, the beaker was blown in a three-part mold. 2 Its exterior decoration consists of a simply designed foliate relief frieze of four vertical plants, each of

Glass Lantern, Research Shed Light on 1860 Political Group
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Late in 1993, The Corning Museum of Glass received as a gift a brass lantern with a red glass globe [93.4.102] inscribed "ELMIRA WIDE AWAKES/ G.L.SMITH/CAPTAIN" (Fig. 1). This lantern had a mid-19th-century look, and I thought it might be an early product of the Corning Glass Works. I was

Glass Ribbon Machine
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Watch one of the world's fastest machines in action. After Thomas Edison developed a practical and durable light bulb filament in 1879, it took time for this technology to take hold, in part because it required a new product: glass envelopes to surround the filament. When Edison first

Marina Hanser | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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That's been a new area for me that I've been exploring here—to actually use painting processes as the inspiration for creating works. Marina Hanser’s work explores ideas of revealing and concealing, deconstruction and reconstruction, and states of transition. Inspired by notions of loss,

Magnificent House Altar from 1500s Restored
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On August 2, 2007, a beautiful, fully restored 16th-century German house altar (59.3.39) was put on display for the first time since its acquisition by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1959. The altar is 49.6 cm tall, and contains seven reverse-painted glass panels. These depict scenes of the

Glassware: our catalogue for 1897.
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Pitkin & Brooks, Chicago, IL, USA. 52896 Our catalogue for 1897 Chicago, Ill.: Pitkin & Brooks, 1897. 102 p.: chiefly ill.; 17 x 23 cm. Tableware: Pitkin & Brooks, Chicago, IL, USA (F-9332T) Cover title. Trade catalog. Table of contents and index, p. 1. Prices listed. Includes pressed,

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino
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At the time that [studio glassworking] began, not one of us involved was aware of the speed with which it would spread. Not only nationally, but internationally. — Dominick Labino, undated manuscript Dominick Labino’s contributions to 20th-century glassmaking were wide-ranging and innovative.

Micke Johansson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Swedish glassmaker, Micke Johansson demonstrates his own unique style of glassworking in the Amphitheater Hot Shop at the November 2300° event. At 16 years old, Johansson started to work at Orrefors glassworks where he continued honing his craft for the next 15 years. He became a master

John Kiley | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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Watch John Kiley demo on the Mobile Hot Shop at the Glass Art Society conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Music: “Just a Blip” by Andy G. Cohen. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License.

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Sept 28, 2017)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka.

Scientific Investigations of Some Glasses from Sedeinga
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In 1973, Prof. Jean Leclant described the glass excavated at Sedeinga, a meroitic site in Sudan. 1 Among the objects are two extremely important footed flutes bearing elaborate "painted, and gilded polychrome decorations. Professor Leclant dated the tombs in which the glasses were uncovered to

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