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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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

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

Karlyn Sutherland | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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"I wanted to create an experience where it was about the light and the sound of the water and you're really aware of the context in the surroundings." Dr. Karlyn Sutherland is inspired by the bond between people and place. Autobiographical in nature, her work explores this dialogue

Hugh Salkind Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Hugh Salkind demonstrates for his class, Fine Tune Your Torch Fundamentals, the manipulation of solid borosilicate rod and tubing to create jewelry, marbles, and sculptures.

Gayla Lee: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Gayla Lee was first entranced by glass at the age of 8 when she encountered a glassblower at a Renaissance festival. Her fascination with the material eventually led her to an apprenticeship in a Baltimore glass studio at the age of 20. Lee took Davide Salvadore's class, Creating and Using

Master Class 1: Cane Working with Lino Tagliapietra (DVD preview)
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Viewers follow the celebrated glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra as he makes canes(delicately patterned rods of glass) and uses them to decorate one of his intricate blown vessels at The Studio. Along the way, he notes the importance of the gather in cane-pulling, offers some observations on the state of

Master Class 6: Kiln Formed Glass with Rudi Gritsch
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Rudi Gritsch, the Austrian kiln forming artist and instructor takes viewers through many of his processes involving the kiln. We follow Mr. Gritsch as he takes his work from the initial phases of design through the detailed setups, firings, and finishing processes, to completed works of art. Master

Master Class 4: Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi
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This DVD focuses on glass artists from Japan who use the pate de verre technique to form intimate glass sculptures that express a love of nature. Kimiake Higuchi demonstrates the making of a cabbage leaf, while her husband, Shin-ichi, produces a mosaic piece. Although they have no formal training

Master Class 10: Eggshell Thin Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi (Trailer)
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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 rela...

Studio Demonstrations: Suellen Fowler
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Watch Suellen Fowler demonstrate for her class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms, a variety of techniques for creating sculptures in colored borosilicate glass. During the class, Fowler demonstrated cane decoration and patterns, the use of commercial and hand mixed color, and

Studio Demonstration: John Kobuki
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Watch John Kobuki demonstrate for his Studio course, Flower Marbles, the compression technique used to make flowers and  and other deeply encased designs in borosilicate glass. John Kobuki has been working with glass since 1995. He is known for making marbles with the compression technique. Kobuki

Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin
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Watch Davide Fuin as he demonstrates for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, where he shares his vast knowledge and considerable Venetian-style glassblowing skills.

Seminar Demonstration: Creation of Chevron Beads, from Bubble to Bead
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Watch artists Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney of Heron Glass demonstrate at The Studio during the Annual Seminar on Glass. This demonstration shows the various stages of creating a Chevron bead, from the hot, blown glass component, through the lapidary steps required to finish.

Artist in Residence: Eliza Au (April 2010)
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April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Eliza Au used the lost wax casting method to create a delicate glass prayer rug, meant to reflect the fragility of religion and belief. Much of her work is influenced by Gothic wrought-iron fences or Islamic tile and textile patterns.

Artist-in-Residence: Amie McNeel (October 2011)
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"My initial relationship to the arts would probably be observation. Watching things change, watching things grow." Amie Laird McNeel came to The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass as part of the joint Artists-in-Residence partnership with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. A

Artist-in-Residence: Min Jeong Song (October 2011)
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"I want the viewer to expereince the process of blurring boundaries between cultures by looking at my work." Min Jeong Song studies ornamental styles across time periods and geography, and her work explores how certain attributes of glass can be used to create ambivalent objects: objects

Artist-in-Residence: Veronika Beckh (November 2011)
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"In my work, very often, it is good to take a second look." A Berlin-based artist, Veronika Beckh has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. Her work invites viewers to disconnect from the noise and chaos of everyday life and to find light, tranquility, and contemplation.

Artist-in-Residence: Mathieu Grodet
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Mathieu Grodet is a French-born artist living and working in Canada. He creates thin and elegant glass objects in classic Venetian style, engraved with imagery that addresses modern-day ideas and issues. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Grodet used the Museum's Rakow Library to

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

Artist in Residence: Marie Retpen (April 2010)
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April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Marie Retpen was hot working large pieces that would eventually become part of a large installation. She finds inspiration for her surreal works from the novels Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the movie The Terminator.

Artist-in-Residence: Marta Ramírez
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In her May 2012 Residency at The Studio, Marta Ramírez interpreted the works of Shinichi Maruyama, a Japanese artist and photographer who has developed an artistic body of work called Water Sculptures.

Artist-in-Residence: Ingalena Klenell
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In her May 2012 Residency at The Studio, Ingalena Klenell worked on a project called Travelers. The project is based on the history of cultural exchange in trade relations between Venice and Egypt, inspired by a collection of glass shards found in Egypt that date from 1100 A.D. to 1400 A.D.

Artist-in-Residence: Joanna Manousis
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In her October 2012 Residency at The Studio, Joanna Manousis worked on a new body of work that alludes to both nature and to man-made artifice. She created a series of blown molded forms in clear glass that have thin layers of pâte de verre strategically inlaid into the blown surfaces.

Artist-in-Residence: Andrew Erdos
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Andrew Erdos' work is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of social commentary. He says, "I like taking objects that we are comfortable with—like a human's reaction to animals—and exploring how we interact with them. In my work, there is a complex series of relationships

Artist-in-Residence: Rui Sasaki
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Rui Sasaki is a Japanese conceptual artist whose work centers around the exploration and discovery of subtle intimacy in unfamiliar and familiar spaces, which she refers to as “empty space.” After moving to the U.S. in 2007, she experienced sensations of lost memories, nostalgia, and homesickness.

Master Class 5: Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo
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In this video, Cesare Toffolo makes both a simple footed bowl and an intricate historical goblet. He hosts a brief tour of flameworked objects in the collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, and he shares his philosophy of teaching, learning, and creating. Cesare Toffolo is considered to be the

Studio Demonstration: Cesare Toffolo
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Watch as Cesare Toffolo demonstrates for his class, Flameworking in the Venetian Style, the traditional approaches for creating Venetian-style goblets using borosilicate glass and a variety of techniques, including color application, filigree, gold leaf, incalmo, air trapped bubbles, and hot

Artist in Residence: Beth Lipman (April 2011)
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Beth Lipman, artist-in-residence at The Studio, discusses her work.

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Jiyong Lee
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Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Ill. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology

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