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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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

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.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Davide Salvadore
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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 visit to Murano, he talked with Davide Salvadore.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Moreno Bardella
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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 visit to Murano, he watched as Moreno Bardella demonstrated his skills as a

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Marco Salvadore
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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 visit to Murano, he spoke with glassmaker Marco Salvadore about his work.

Artist-in-Residence: Maria Bang Espersen
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Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen works to expand the viewer's perspective through her work in glass. By stretching and bending the molten material, her sculptures show a frozen movement, while the glass retains a soft look. In her March 2013 Residency at The Studio, Espersen explored movement

Studio Demonstrations: Jiří Harcuba
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Watch Jiří Harcuba demonstrate for his Studio course, Glass Carving, Engraving, and Cold Construction, how to engrave glass blocks and vessels with stone, diamond, silicon carbide, and copper wheels. Students learned various cutting methods and investigated the optical effects of reflections in

Master Class 3: Engraving on Glass with Jiří Harcuba
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The Czech artist Jiří Harcuba shows how he engraves with diamond, stone, and copper wheels, creating innovative portraiture on glass with the highest level of craftsmanship. He talks about his life, his work, and his interest in philosophy and psychological studies of major figures. He also

Masters of Studio Glass: Jiří Harcuba
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Jiří Harcuba is a widely respected artist and educator whose specialty is portraiture in engraved glass. Whether the subjects of his portraits are friends, renowned artists, or historical personalities, Harcuba treats them all in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical

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.

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.

The Blaschkas from the Lampworker's Perspective
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Eric Goldschmidt, Properties of Glass Supervisor at The Corning Museum of Glass, and artist Wesley Fleming pair up to explore the lampworking techniques of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in this lecture and demonstration. Eric and Wes create glass sea creatures, both duplicating some of the Blaschkas’

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin (July 29, 2015)
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Watch as Davide Fuin demonstrated for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, Venetian team-working skills, goblet making, and how to create historical reproduction pieces. Note: There is no final image of the piece made in the demo this week because, unfortunately, it broke.

Max Erlacher oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Max Erlacher, former master engraver for Steuben, interviewed May 2010. Max Erlacher was born in Innsbruck, Austria. As a young man he attended a glass technical school to learn the craft of glass engraving. Upon the completion of training, he worked in Vienna

Studio Demonstrations: Max Erlacher
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Watch Max Erlacher demonstrate for his Studio course, Engraving and Cold Working Techniques, in which this master engraver shares his knowledge of copper, stone, and diamond engraving, and cold working techniques. Max Erlacher has more than 40 years of experience with copper, stone, diamond

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Ben Dombey
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Watch as Ben Dombey demonstrates for his class, Smarter Bubbles, how to develop a deeper understanding of the material and a more practical approach to glassworking.

Meet the 2014 Rakow Commission Artist: Amber Cowan
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Hear a lecture from the 2014 Rakow Commission artist Amber Cowan. In her sculptures, Cowan flameworks, fuses, and hot-sculpts recycled, upcycled, and second-life glass–usually American pressed.

Amber Cowan: 2014 Rakow Commission Artist
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Artist Amber Cowan discusses her work and the 2014 Rakow Commission, Garden of the Forgotten and Extinct.

Glass Masters at Work: Vittorio Costantini
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Vittorio Costantini is a Venetian glass master known for his precisely rendered small flameworked sculptures. He is inspired by nature, and he works with a range of subjects, including multi-colored insects, butterflies, birds, fish, and flowers. Costantini's pieces are celebrated for their

Robin Cass at 2300°: Girlfriends (March 2013)
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2300°: Girlfriends featured visiting Rochester, N.Y., glass artist and RIT professor Robin Cass, and a team of her students. Watch as she works with her team to create a form that highlights glass as a material. Cass studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, became inspired by glass, and got

Behind the Glass | New Discoveries in Early Nigerian Glassmaking
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Newly discovered glass beads, crucible fragments, and raw glass from Ile-Ife, Nigeria, provide evidence for a massive workshop making glass beads for West Africans one thousand years ago. Previously, glass beads in Africa were thought to be made from glass imported from Europe, but Dr. Abidemi

GlassLab Design Session: Tom Scott
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Designer Tom Scott describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 24 and 25, 2012.

Mark Matthews Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as sphere expert Mark Matthews creates a blue marble with cane decoration as his Guest Artist demonstration for Marvelous Marble Day. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 2:03:47. Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere. The sphere,

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