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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2300°: Jason Christian
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Watch artist Jason Christian, assisted by members of the Hot Glass Team, create a large umbrella in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during 2300° on February 21 6 to 8 pm Eastern.

Aaron Pexa | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Aaron Pexa's work spans multiple mediums, from video and installation to sculpture and performance, and his goal is always to create a sense of bewilderment. He takes everyday environments and subverts them by introducing new artifacts and narratives that stimulate wonder and “bring people out

Josh Ries Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Applying contemporary styles to traditional glassblowing techniques, artist Josh Ries taught students in his class how to add colors to glass and decorative techniques to add interest. Watch this live stream from his January 30 class,  Next Steps: Building On & Refining Your Foundation. See the

Guest Artist Demonstration: Mark Matthews
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See guest artist Mark Matthews during a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on February 17 from 10 am to 12 pm. Watch as Matthews brings one of his fanciful glass figures to life with the help of the Museum's Hot Glass Team.

Studio Live Stream: Miles Parker
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Marble-maker and flameworker Miles Parker is teaching students in his class how to create whole worlds in tiny glass spheres using a variety of techniques. Get an insider’s view during this live stream from his class Borosilicate Marbles on February 13 at 11 am Eastern.

The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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Join master glassmaker and scholar William Gudenrath for the LIVE premiere of the videos featured in the new volume The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking. Between about 1500 and 1725, Venice was nearly the sole supplier of fine luxury glass to the royal and aristocratic, the

Vasenpokal | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the vessel being made in a sequence of steps, one of which includes the use of a full-size blow-mold. The manufacturing process for the lid is then shown. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath. Between about

Turquoise Pot | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video begins with the making of the different canes and bands required. After these elements are rolled up on the end of a blowpipe, the open-ended cylinder is lined with colorless glass using the sbruffo method. Glassblowing is then employed to make the vessel. The handle is fashioned from

Swedish Covered Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows, first, the four elements of the goblet and a fifth element for the finial of the lid being made and placed in an oven. Next, the assembly process begins. After the foot element has been attached to a pontil, the other parts are added and adhered together using small amounts of

Verzelini Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the three parts—bowl, stem, and foot—attached directly from above without the use of mereses, which are more conventionally employed. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath Between about 1500 and 1725, Venice

Openwork Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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In this video, first the bowl or cup is blown of colorless glass. Next, a series of solid and hollow elements are stacked, interrupted by three straps that create an open-work structure. Tiny raspberry prunts are added, and then a blown foot is attached. Finally, the rim is created while the vessel

Beaker | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows first the two types of required canes being made and arranged in a pattern on a ceramic plate. After the canes are fused together, a thick, cylindrical bubble of glass is rolled over the canes so that they become attached. After reheating, glassblowing is used to make the beaker.

Winged Glass | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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A partly hollow combination merese/avolio construction is added to the tip of a bubble of glass that eventually becomes the bowl (or cup). A complex, multi-part stem and foot are then attached. The vessel is completed while it is held by a pontil. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of

Stangenglas | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows retortoli canes being made and cut, then placed on a ceramic place-holding plate and then pre-heated. Next, a thick cylindrical bubble of glass is rolled over the canes, thus embedding them in its surface. Glassblowing is then used to make the vessel and its foot. Learn more about

Swiss Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows white canes of a small diameter being made. Next, the pre-heated canes are rolled up on the exterior of a thick-walled, cylindrical bubble of glass. This is then formed into a preliminary stem and foot construction, to be used later in the manufacturing process. The bowl is blown

Ferdinand II Beaker | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the making of the vessel body and a small blown-foot with a folded edge. At the end of the glassblowing processes, a fin-mold is used to transform the upper-half of the vessel and the rim from a round to hexagonal shape. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance

Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (January 2019)
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An expert on Venetian glass, William Gudenrath taught students in his January 2019 class how to create well-formed and thinly-blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems. In this demo from January 16, Gudenrath shares his knowledge of reticello —a type of blown

Studio Live Stream: Eric Meek and Jeff Mack
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With a focus on traditional Venetian glassmaking styles, glassmakers Eric Meek and Jeff Mack are teaching students in their class various Venetian cane techniques and how to create multi-part vessels. Watch this live stream from their class "Cane & Cups" on February 6 at 11 am Eastern

The Grand Bohemian Troupe of Fancy Glass Workers | Behind the Glass Lecture
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See The Grand Bohemian Troupe of Fancy Glass Workers at The Corning Museum of Glass! Over a span of 300 years, traveling flameworkers entertained and educated audiences around the world on the art, s­­cience, and skill of glassmaking. Learn about their lives and witness a modern take on their

Megan Stelljes Guest Artist Demonstration at 2300°
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Get ready to warm things up with Guest Artist Megan Stelljes in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during January's 2300°. In this demo, Stelljes creates a wine barrel with grapes to compliment the evening's wine tasting theme. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:40:51. Stelljes

Fred Kahl Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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A pioneer in three-dimensional digital design, artist Fred Kahl is teaching students in his class how to create reusable graphite molds for glass casting. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from the class Design, Carve, Pour on January 9. See the final piece starting at

David Sandidge Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as flameworker David Sandidge brings his fanciful glass figures to life during this demonstraton on January 11, 2019. See the final work starting at 1:56:20. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended

Penelope Rakov Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Artist Penelope Rakov was recently an artist-in-residence at The Studio where she focused on making murrine. Now as an instructor at The Studio, Rakov taught her students how to create different styles of murrine and how colors work together. Watch this January 23 live stream from the class Maximum

Tumblers, part 2
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki continues his discussion on tumblers and presents a demonstration including how to stretch the form, adjust pressure, straighten, thin and open the lips, and match heights to create a set. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at

Tumblers, part 1
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses creating tumblers by working thinner, the turning speed, temperature and heat, color overlays, even stretching. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Turning
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses turning basics including adjusting the speed of the turn and turning styles for different situations. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Vienna 1900, The Heart of Modernity | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Vienna in 1900 was at the heart of European modernity as a unique set of circumstances gave rise to a new and modern life there. Watch Janis Staggs, director of curatorial and manager of publications at the Neue Galerie in New York, explore this rich period in history. This Behind the Glass lecture

December 2300° Guest Artist Demo featuring Todd Ortega, Nikolai Morse, Jason Howard & Scott Griffin
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Happy Holidays from The Corning Museum of Glass! Watch the demo from the December 2018 2300° event featuring Todd Ortega, Nikolai Morse, Jason Howard, and Scott Griffin. In this demo, they construct a glass holiday tree with ornaments. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists

Conservation Live Stream: Glass from a Conservator's Perspective
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**Now with improved audio- thanks for your patience as we fixed this one!** In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator, Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator, and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share the issues and concerns that conservators keep

The Sunburst Vase by Waterford | The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of glassmaking coming to The Crystal City, Waterford’s Head of Design, Matt Kehoe, designed the Sunburst Vase. Rich in symbolism, each element of the vase was designed with intention. The exquisite cut sunburst represents the many days of hard work and dedication

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