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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Contemporary Chairs- Family
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Some of this furniture was designed to be used, while other pieces are purely decorative. Ghost Chair, on the left, is sturdy enough for use; likewise, Danny Lane's Etruscan Chair on the far right was also designed for sitting.

Libenský Installation- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used to create Meteor, Flower, Bird by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Libenský and Brychtová convey three messages with this sculpture: Meteor, on the left, represents Corning as an international center for

Marquis Marquiscarpa- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Marquiscarpa by American artist Richard Marquis. Using techniques that originated in Italy, Marquis pays homage to the great Italian designer Carlo Scarpa.

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Endeavor by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of his native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the different surface textures.

Bertil Vallien, Unknown Destination II- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Unknown Destination II by Swedish artist Bertil Vallien. Vallien created a series of boats that remind us of journeys. He filled the boats with objects that reference the past and time.

Paperweights- Family
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes the stages of making a paperweight.

Meet the Artist: Steven I. Weinberg and Joel Philip Myers
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Corning Museum of Glass, November 1, 2007 Tina Oldknow: Hi. I’m Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. On November 2, 2007, we opened Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg, the first in a series of exhibitions highlighting the works of

Robert Hewes, Glass Manufacturer
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Robert Hewes of Boston is chiefly known among students of American glass as the man who tried unsuccessfully to found a glass factory at Temple, New Hampshire, in 1780-1781. The possibility that The Corning Museum of Glass might undertake an archaeological investigation of the Temple site led the

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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Beginning in the 13th century, the philosophies, scientific discoveries, and artistic achievements of East Asia gradually became known in Europe. The Chinese began large-scale international trade during the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), exchanging goods with Western merchant travelers. 1 The

In-Cider Information | Behind the Glass Lecture
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New York is the second largest apple-producing region in the United States. The cideries in this state are doing amazing things with apples, drawing international attention and acclaim in recent years. Pair this with the Museum’s talented glassmakers, and you have the planted the seeds for a

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen demonstrate for their class, Working it Out: Hot Glass Sculpting, different ways of sculpting the bubble, solid working, applying color and surface textures, including "hot de verre." Students will gain a better understanding of torch

Catherine Labonté Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch artist Catherine Labonté work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop as part of her appearance at Adopt A Glass Pet Day at The Corning Museum of Glass. Not only did Labonté show her unique working style, but she also unveiled a new animal created just for this event.

Samantha's Thinking Cap | You Design It; We Make It
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The summer's last You Design It; We Make It! comes from Samantha, age 10. She says, "My drawing is a thinking cap and I filled it with all my designs." Watch as gaffer Tom Ryder brings Samantha's design to life.

Lewis Olson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Lewis Olson, a member of the Hot Glass Demo team, demonstrates his talents as an artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from August 31, 2017.

Salt Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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In this week's demo, watch as Salt demonstrates for his class, Sculpture and Lampworking Technique, an exploration of contemporary functional flameworking techniques. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from

Catherine Ayers Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Catherine Ayers, a member of the Hot Glass Demo team, demonstrates her talents as an artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 24, 2017.

Garble Nar Blar by Reed | You Design It; We Make It
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This You Design It; We Make It! comes from Reed, age 13. Watch as gaffer Heather Spiewak brings Garble Nar Blar the alien dog to life. See Garble Nar Blar out of the annealer starting at 1:26:10. See a photo of the drawing and the final piece on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com

Rob Stern Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Rob Stern demonstrates for his class, Marco Polo..., diverse methods of hot glass manipulation and assembly with the specific goal of achieving scale and generating finished sculptures.

Stained Glass from Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (Soissons) and Comparisons with Glass from Other Medieval Sites
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The abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes has dominated the urban landscape of the northern French city of Soissons since the 11th century. 1 Formally established in 1076, the abbey was built, rebuilt, sacked, and restored from its founding to the present day. In its Gothic phase, the church measured more

The Glastenbury Glass Factory Company
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Presented here is a report of the excavation of the Glastenbury Glass Factory Company site in conjunction with the documentary evidence on the production and operations of this factory. This excavation, prompted by the imminent eradication of the site by the relocation of Connecticut Route 2 the

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Rose Globe
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play pause stop mute unmute max volume repeat repeat off Cro Magnon Man--> Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1889–1900 Glass, blown, cut,

Rob Stern Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artist Rob Stern create a large vase out of leaf shapes in this live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from August 17, 2017.

Bob by Liana | You Design It; We Make It
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This You Design It; We Make It! comes from Liana, age 17. His name is Bob.

Wayne Strattman Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Wayne Strattman demonstrates for his class, Glass and Lighting Techniques, which focuses on making flameworked sculptures with neon, plasma sculpture, incandescent bulbs, glow discharge sculptures, “crackle” devices, “lightning” displays, electroluminescent displays, kinetic displays

Davide Salvadore Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artist Davide Salvadore in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from August 10, 2017. See the final piece at 1:47:24.

Kendel's Planet | You Design It; We Make It
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This You Design It; We Make It! comes from Kendel, age 11.

Morgan Cup
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The Morgan Cup [52.1.93] is a Roman cameo glass of the first century A.D. It may have been found in the ancient city of Heraclea Pontica, modern Eregli, Turkey. The cup was once in the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan (hence its name). It came to the Museum in 1952 as the gift of Arthur A. Houghton

D.H.'s Dinosaur | You Design It; We Make It
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Watch gaffer Lewis Olson bring D.H.'s design to life!

John Kobuki Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as John Kobuki creates a flower marble featuring a lily.

Jared Rosenacker Guest Artist Demonstration
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Jared Rosenacker became fascinated with glass while attending Bowling Green State University. He was captivated by its power and shifted his focus to the arts, an unexpected venture that continually reveals deeper layers of meaning. For him, a correlation exists between transforming the glass into

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