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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Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome
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A groundbreaking exhibition produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass, Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome opened on October 18, 2007 at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and ran through January 14, 2008. Then it traveled to The Corning Museum of

Make Your Own Glass Ornament
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Try glassblowing at The Corning Museum of Glass (any age if accompanied by an adult).

American Indians in Tiffany's Marquette Mural
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In conjunction with our 2017 special exhibition, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, director of Education and Interpretation Kris Wetterlund sat down with cultural historian Logan Pappenfort from the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma to discuss the representation of Peoria Tribal members in Tiffany’s mural

Forest Glass (507)
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507 Katherine Gray (Canadian, b. 1965) United States, Los Angeles, California 2009 Glass; acrylic, steel; about 2,000 found drinking glasses Tallest section: H: 289.6 cm, W: 160 cm, D: 76.2 cm (2010.4.49) © Katherine Gray Katherine Gray is a glassblower and an artist who makes functional and

The American Studio Glass Movement
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The Beginning of the Studio Movement During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media in the U.S. began to gain in popularity and importance, and American artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry. The catalyst for the development of studio glass in the United States

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Simone Crestani
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a 2014 visit to Murano, he watched flameworker Simone Crestani create a wine decanter

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Fratelli Toso
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a 2014 visit to Murano, he spoke with Arnoldo and Caterina Toso about their family&

Manny Quinnones clip, 2010: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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This conversation is with Manny Quinnones, a glassmaker at Vitrix Hot Glass Studio in Corning, NY. Quinnones talks about visiting the studio on a fieldtrip in the seventh grade, and how that trip influenced his future career as a glass artist. Filmed May 2010. The Rakow Research Library’s

Al Donnelly Clip, 2014: Rakow Library Library Conversations Series
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This conversation is with Al Donnelly, former supervisor of consumer information for the Consumer Products division at Corning Incorporated. Donnelly recounts a story about researchers at the company purchasing female goats to study the use of enzymes with glass. Filmed May 23, 2014. The Rakow

Glass Education Innovator: Boyd Sugiki
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Traditionally, glassblowing is learned first through observation, then by practice (and more practice!) Glass is a challenging medium and only dedicated glassblowing students will gain true competency to know what to do to achieve a desired design. Boyd Sugiki stands out among glass educators for

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Leah Fairbanks
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Watch as Leah Fairbanks demonstrates for her class, Wildflower Glass Gardens, how to create floral glass beads using precise application of surface embellishment.

Amanda Gundy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Amanda Gundy demonstrated for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing: In Living Color, how to focus on technique and problem solving.

Grant Garmezy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Grant Garmezy demonstrated making a large reptile head for his class, Sparking Life Into Glass, which focused on special techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting.

Dan Friday Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as guest artist Dan Friday creates a bear totem out of glass during his Guest Artist Demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final object out of the annealer at 3:27:25. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These

Behind the Glass | New Dawn in Parliament
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Hear artist Mary Branson discuss the artistic commission she created for the Houses of Parliament in London, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the petition calling for women’s suffrage in England, in this Behind the Glass lecture. After her appointment as Parliament’s artist-in-residence in 2014

Adam Holtzinger at 2300°: Multiplied (February 2014)
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Brooklyn artist Adam Holtzinger brought his signature style to the Hot Glass Show for 2300°: Multiplied in February 2014. Holtzinger's work is about simple, elegant forms that incorporate intricate details.

Bowls, Part 1
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki demonstrates things to consider when making a glass bowl such as proportioning the glass, turning speeds, and outside and inside work. Download a PDF diagram about making bowls. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning

Building Up Heat (BUH)
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses the reasons for building up heat, such as to prevent the moil from cracking, or to prevent the punty from cracking, to prevent the object from cracking when removing it from the punty, or to straighten an object if it starts going off center. Download a

Straightening
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki demonstrates how the temperature of the object and the temperature of the punty affects how you straighten a piece, straightening basics, variations on straightening, and techniques for straightening goblets. Download a PDF diagram  about straightening techniques.

The Punty
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki talks about the punty. With help from artist Lisa Zerkowitz, Sugiki discusses the surface and core temperature of the punty, the temperature of the object, and how the object is placed on and taken off the punty. Download a PDF diagram about using the punty. This

Bowls, Part 2
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki continues to demonstrate techniques for making bowls and refining your design. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Jaroslava Brychtová and Stanislav Libenský
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In 1950, Jaroslava Brychtová joined the design studio of the glassworks at Železný Brod, directing the architectural glass department. Working with her father, the sculptor Jaroslav Brychta, she began to experiment with casting, molding, and melting glass during the 1940s. In 1954, Stanislav

Lost wax casting
Glass Dictionary Term

A technique adapted from metalworking. The object to be fashioned in glass is modeled in wax and encased in clay or plaster that is heated. The wax melts and is released through vents or “gates,” also made of wax, which have been attached to the object before heating. The clay or plaster dries and

Harvey K. Littleton and the American Studio Glass Movement
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Harvey Littleton is internationally acclaimed and recognized for his tireless work in founding and promoting the American Studio Glass movement. The movement was “born” in 1962, during two seminal glassblowing workshops at The Toledo Museum of Art. The workshops were led by Littleton, a Cranbrook

Genie in the Bottle: Glass Bulbs & TV Tubes
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In 1879, the brilliant inventor Thomas Edison was on the verge of a breakthrough. He had discovered a slow-burning filament that would glow for hours in the vacuum of a glass globe. But to create the first practical electric light, he needed a glass globe that would not implode when the air was

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

Elias Palme
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The firm of Elias Palme, one of several companies started by members of the Palme (or Pallme) family, was founded in Kamenický Šenov, Bohemia, in 1849. Most of the Palmes were glass cutters and engravers, and chandeliers were their principal products. Catalogs show table- and floor-size bronze and

Baccarat
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The Compagnie des Verreries et Cristalleries de Baccarat, the most famous name in French glass, was founded in 1764 by Monseigneur de Montmorency-­Laval, the bishop of Metz, as a way to utilize the wood on the heavily forested land of his estate. In its early years, the factory operated under the

Coalbourne Hill Glass Works
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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

Jonas Defries & Sons
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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

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