All About Glass

All About Glass

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American Indians in Tiffany's Marquette Mural
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In conjunction with the 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

Welcome to GlassBarge
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Climb aboard GlassBarge by The Corning Museum of Glass. The innovative, all-electric floating glass-making studio is making her way up the Hudson River. Enjoy the beauty of New York’s waterways as the talented Hot Glass Team demonstrates the centuries-old artform of glassblowing. This mobile

Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead
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An understanding of the history of glass would not be complete without acknowledging the importance of glass beads both as a products of early manufacture in the medium and as artistic representations of diverse cultures and societies. Glass beads have been found at the earliest glass manufacturing

Gladiator Cup with Handles
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The Chavagnes gladiators cup, made in the mid-first century A.D., was found in eastern France, and it is now part of the Corning collection. It shows pairs of gladiators in combat, and some of their names are known from literary and epigraphic sources. This sports cup, blown in a mold with two

Glass of the Alchemists: Introduction
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In their well-known attempts to make gold, alchemists also provided the foundation for modern chemistry and material sciences. This exhibition explores Northern European glass of the Baroque period and examines the technical advances in glassmaking made by alchemists during that time. Their work

Glasses with American Views
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Glasses engraved with scenic views or important buildings are part of a Germanic tradition dating to the eighteenth century. Similar commemorative glasses are noted in England, e.g., the well-known Sunderland Bridge rummers, but they are less common in English glass. Germanic glasses with this type

Meet the Artist: Kait Rhoads and Amy Rueffert
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Corning Museum of Glass, April 21, 2008 Hello, I’m Tina Oldknow, the museum’s curator of modern glass. I welcome you to our series of conversations with artists who have made a significant impact on contemporary glass in America and abroad. Today, I will be speaking with two artists, Kait Rhoads

Glass for the King of Siam: Bernard Perrot’s Portrait Plaque of King Louis XIV and Its Trip to Asia
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In 2004, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired an oval cast glass plaque with the portrait of King Louis XIV (Fig. 1) of France (r. 1643–1715). It is the second plaque of its kind in the museum, and one of eight examples that are known (3 in the catalog below). This plaque was not purchased so that

2011 GlassFest FlameOff: Recap with Paul Stankard
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GlassFest Flameoff 2011 Recap: World-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard and World Glass store owner Josh Powers (Corning, NY), reflect on their journey to  create the 2011 GlassFest FlameOff. The FlameOff showcases several artists from around the world that demonstrate their talents using a torch

Early Islamic Gold Sandwich Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass
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This article reviews the current state of our knowledge of early Islamic gold sandwich glass and publishes five examples in the Museum's collection. In 1964, the Corning Museum acquired a gold sandwich glass cup [64.1.32] (Fig. 1) that was identified as “2nd–4th century A.D., Parthian or

Antonio Neri: Alchemist, Glassmaker, Priest
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One of the most interesting figures in the history of glass lived four hundred years ago in Florence, Italy. He was an alchemist, a glassmaker and a Catholic priest. His name was Antonio Neri and he worked for a prince from the Medici royal family. 1  Neri is famously known as the author of the

Guest Artist: Virgil Ortiz
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The Rockwell Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass collaborated to bring internationally renowned artist Virgil Ortiz to Corning, NY for an opportunity to work in a new medium--glass. From Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, Ortiz strives to use art to blend historic events with futuristic elements in

Enameled Glass Vessels, 1425 B.C.E.–1800: The Decorating Process
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The earliest glass vessel decorated with enameling dates from about 1425 B.C.E. 1 It successfully combines one of humankind’s oldest creative urges (the desire to draw on things) with one of the most advanced technologies of the ancient world (glassmaking). Today, essentially the same process

Enameled Goblet
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This goblet is made using mezza-stampatura, also known as mezza-forma (Italian, “half mold”). With this technique, vertical ribs are made on the lower part of a blown object by inflating the bottom half of the parison into a dip mold. The goblet shown in this video is decorated with gilding and

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

Expanding Horizons Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jessi Moore and the Expanding Horizons class demonstrate with special visiting artist Laura Donefer. Expanding Horizons is a week-long program for underserved teens who are top students in their glassblowing classes. The program is supported by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Learn more

Glass Furniture in the 19th Century
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Today, it is not at all unusual to find glass tables and cabinets, as well as large glass lighting devices. But in the second half of the 19th century, when glass was first used in furniture on a commercial basis, it would have been truly remarkable to see such objects. The development of glass

The Glass Flowers
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Before the development of high-speed moving image media, or fiberglass, naturalists and educators faced a quandary: it was often impossible to demonstrate exactly what an invertebrate looked like without a live specimen, because the spine collapses and color leaches out of one preserved in alcohol.

A Brief History of Gemmaux
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The permanent collection of The Corning Museum of Glass holds sixteen glass panels affixed to light boxes, which were crafted in a mid-20th-century technique that has recently seen a surge in public interest. The panels, made in the 1950s and 1960s, came to the museum in 1993, and are called

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

Artist in Residence: Mielle Riggie (October 2009)
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Mielle Riggie works with both the strength and fragility of glass to illustrate the dynamics of human emotion or conditions. During her residency at The Studio, Riggie created cast-glass sculpture amplifying elements in nature, such as leaves and roots, and recombined disparate parts in ways that

Daphne Ewer
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The Daphne ewer (55.1.86) was found about 1895. The evidence for its early history consists of a letter from Sch. Hochmann to R. W. Smith (September 1, 1952, copy on file at The Corning Museum of Glass). According to Hochmann, the ewer was found in a niche in a tomb at Kerch (ancient

2016 E-Commerce Summit
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Executive Summary In October of 2016, The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) assembled a group of museum professionals to discuss e-commerce, its role as a platform extending the museum’s mission, and some of the conceptual and pragmatic aspects of commercial transactions conducted on the Internet. The

GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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From May 17- June 3, 2008, The Corning Museum of Glass presented its GlassLab program at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Corning Museum glassmakers worked with designers to explore their concepts in glass. Some of the designers had worked in glass before, many had not. Designers included

2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference
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www.glassart.org Hope to see you in Corning, NY-- "America's Crystal City" for the 2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference.

Dale Chihuly: A Selective Biography
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Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. He is a generous and charismatic individual with a forceful personality, who

Antiquity Rediscovered
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Interest in the past is not a new phenomenon. Edward Gibbon wrote: “Yet I know the classics have much to teach…the temperate dignity of style, the graceful proportions of art, the forms of visible and intellectual beauty, the just delineation of character and passion…” [1] During the Renaissance,

Nacho Carbonell: 2011 GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum
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https://www.cmog.org/glasslab.

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

Meet the Artist: Lino Tagliapietra
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Corning Museum of Glass, May 15, 2007 Hello, I’m Tina Oldknow, the Corning Museum’s Curator of Modern Glass. I welcome you to the second of our series of conversations with artists who have made a significant impact on contemporary glass in America and abroad. TINA: Lino, thank you so much for

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