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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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Connected By Glass: Hidden Identities
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Queerness is as old as human civilization itself. Yet members of this community throughout time have often been forced to hide their identities to avoid persecution. Using subtle codes and signals to connect with one another is one way in which Queer people have managed to survive, live and love. A

Alternate Inflation A Closer Look
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The Studio team has developed new techniques and equipment to allow for safe glassmaking. Learn more about the Alternate Inflation Devices that are installed at each bench.

Atlernate Inflation Device In Action
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The Studio team has developed new techniques and equipment to allow for safe glassmaking, including installing Alternate Inflation Devices in all the hot shops.

Foundations Vol 1: Intro to Furnace Glassblowing with William Gudenrath
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The Foundations Series is designed to help beginning students learn basic glassworking techniques. William Gudenrath, the resident adviser at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, offers a step-by-step approach to begin glassblowing at the furnace. Gudenrath starts with simple exercises and

Foundations Vol 2: Intro to Flameworking with Emilio Santini
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This series is designed to help beginning students learn glassworking techniques. Emilio Santini was born into a family with a 600-year glassblowing tradition on the island of Murano, Italy. A popular instructor at The Studio, he teaches a variety of courses. In this video, Santini instructs

Connected by Glass: Catch Up with the Curators
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Hear an update about the Museum directly from our curators at this members-only Connected By Glass. Learn what they have been working on during our closure and how they are readying the galleries for visitors when we reopen. We'll be joined by: Karol Wight, President and Executive Director,

WWTA Patrick Primeau Guest Artist Demonstration
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. The artist will be available to chat and answer your questions in real time

Watch With The Artist: Laura Donefer
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us on YouTube as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. For our next online event, watch with master glassmaker Laura

Keeping Soft Glass on Center and Solving Some Basic Coordination Challenges on the Bench
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Bill Gudenrath shows how you can practice glassblowing from home. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance, and has presented lectures and demonstrations throughout the

Engaging with Museums You Love | Connected by Glass
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Cultural attractions inspire wonder and spark curiosity. We all love wandering through an airy space filled with contemporary art or visiting the marine animals at an aquarium. Even though we can’t step into their physical spaces right now, your favorite cultural attractions are working hard to let

Eggshell Thin Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi | Master Class Series, Volume X
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Pâte de verre is a kiln-casting process in which colored powdered glass is packed into a plaster mold, then fired at a high temperature. The result is a relatively thick, somewhat opaque object. This complex method of glassworking is shown in great detail in the earlier video Master Class Series IV

Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo | Master Class Series, Volume V
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Cesare Toffolo is considered by many to be the world’s finest technical flameworker. Toffolo was born into a family of well-known Muranese glassblowers and started lampworking in his father’s studio when he was 15. Working in collaboration with such famous glasshouses as Venini, Fratelli Toso,

Cane Working with Lino Tagliapietra | Master Class Series, Volume I
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. This video follows celebrated glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra as he makes canes and uses

Kiln-Formed Glass with Rudy Gritsch | Master Class Series, Volume VI
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. Rudy Gritsch, an Austrian artist and instructor, takes viewers through many of his

Casting Glass with Daniel Clayman | Master Class Series, Volume IX
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Daniel Clayman creates large-scale, cast-glass minimalist sculptures that evoke familiar objects and capture space and volume, transforming intangible light and shadow into the tangible. In this video, Clayman takes viewers through the process of kiln casting with glass, including creating the

Beadmaking with Kristina Logan | Master Class Series, Volume VII
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned, delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create jewelry and functional objects. In this video, Logan demonstrates her process of beadmaking at the torch, finishing the glass by cold working, and

Watch with the Artist: Janusz Poźniak
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. For our next online event, watch with Blown Away finalist Janusz Poźniak.

Netflix's Blown Away | Connected by Glass
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Last summer, Netflix released a sizzling hot show, one that puts a 2100° material in a starring role: Blown Away, the glassblowing competition that delighted viewers and critics alike. People discovered the beauty and intricacy of working with a material hotter than lava and took to the Internet to

Fiber Optics | Connected by Glass
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Connected by Glass is a new series of virtual live chats featuring a range of topics related to glass—and what better topic to begin with than fiber optics, a technology that’s enabling us all to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. This almost-invisible technology is making possible

NASCAR’s Glass Trophy | Connected By Glass
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Start your engines! Our beautiful Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York is home to a lot more than glass. Road racing came to Watkins Glen in 1948, when the first post-World War II road race was hosted on village streets. Today, Watkins Glen International is a celebrated speedway and a

Watch with the Artist: Micke Johansson
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in the Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. For our next online event, watch with Swedish master glassmaker, Micke Johansson on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:00 pm EDT. The artist will be

Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi | Master Class Series, Volume IV
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. This video focuses on two artists from Japan who use the pâte de verre technique to

Engraving on Glass with Jiří Harcuba | Master Class Series, Volume III
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. In this video, the Czech artist Jiří Harcuba demonstrates engraving with diamond,

Introduction to Venetian Techniques with William Gudenrath | Master Class Series, Volume II
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Produced from 1998 to 2014, each video in The Studio’s Master Class Series presents a portrait of an artist and teaches a glassworking technique. Until now, these 30-minute videos have only been available on DVD. In Volume II, William Gudenrath provides instruction in the basics of Venetian

Guest Artist Demonstration: Bertil Vallien (no sound)
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Note: This Guest Artist Demonstration was originally posted in 2015 but was removed due to copyright issues with the music that was playing in the hot shop. We're sharing it now again with no sound and hope you enjoy watching this master artist at work. Renowned artist Bertil Vallien

Watch with the Artist: Austin Stern
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us for the Watch with the Artist online event series. The artist will be available to chat and answer your questions in real time as we

Glass Skills with Bill
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Bill Gudenrath shows how you can practice glassblowing from home. In this video, Bill demonstrates gathering glass- with honey and a chopstick! William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through

Practicing Furnace Glassblowing at the Kitchen Table: Shear-Trimming Lips
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Bill Gudenrath shows how you can practice glassblowing from home. In this video, Bill demonstrates shear-tripping lips with cardboard and scissors. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt

Glass Furnace White Noise | Over 3 Hours | Virtual Fireplace
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Here's your ultimate white noise and virtual fireplace video for relaxing, studying, or sleeping. We've put together footage from past glassmaking demos for over 3 hours of just what's happening inside the reheating furnace. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm glow! Learn how a

Watch with the Artist: Deborah Czeresko
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece in our Amphitheater Hot Shop? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Deborah Czeresko, winner of the acclaimed Blown Away series on Netflix, will be available to chat and answer your questions in real time as

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