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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Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Not initially called astronomers, they were assistants, or human "computers," or Pickering’s Harem after Edward Pickering, a director of the Harvard Observatory. According to Dava Sobel, writing in The Glass Universe, they were the ladies of the Harvard Observatory who took measure of the

Jeff Zimmerman & James Mongrain Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artists Jeff Zimmerman and James Mongrain work together to create one of the largest blown glass sculptures ever created in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Zimmerman’s work exploits the pushing, pulling, dripping, and spinning actions that glass goes through as it takes shape, resulting in

Holiday Ornament Tree in 1 minute
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Watch over 2,000 hand-blown glass ornaments come together to create a glittering glass Holiday Ornament Tree in one minute. The Museum's ornament tree is a holiday tradition—the perfect background for an annual holiday photo. You can’t buy the ornaments on these trees, but you can Make Your

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

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

Meet the 2018 Rakow Commission Artist Rui Sasaki | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Hear from Japanese artist and educator Rui Sasaki as she unveils for the first time her 2018 Rakow Commission installation. The Rakow Commission is awarded annually to up-and-coming and established artists whose work is not yet represented in the Museum’s collection. Deprived of sunshine in one of

Miles Parker Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Marble maker and flameworker Miles Parker shares how to create whole worlds in tiny glass spheres using a variety of techniques. Get an insider’s view during this February 13 live stream from his class Borosilicate Marbles. See the final work starting at 32:41. When not teaching at The Studio,

Rui Sasaki, 33rd Rakow Commission Recipient
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Hear from artist Rui Sasaki about her work Liquid Sunshine/I am a Pluviophile, the 33rd Rakow Commission. Sasaki's recent works address the weather, drawing viewers’ attention to the subtle qualities of sunshine and rain and the emotional states they provoke. Liquid Sunshine/I am a Pluviophile

Austin Stern Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Austin Stern 's live stream demonstration from the March 21 2300° event. See the final piece out of the annealer starting at 2:01:08. Living and working in Seattle, Stern is inspired by the patterns found in nature and the world of fashion, as well as the playful nature of cartoons and

Eric Meek & Jeff Mack Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (February 2019)
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With a focus on traditional Venetian glassmaking styles, glassmakers Eric Meek and Jeff Mack teach various Venetian cane techniques and how to create multi-part vessels. Watch this February 6 live stream from their class Cane & Cups. See a photo of the final piece starting at 1:02:10. When not

How to Pack Glass Q&A Live Stream
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Have you ever wondered how to pack glass so that it doesn't break in storage or during shipping? In this live Q&A session, watch as a panel of Museum experts share how to pack glass safely and answer questions from viewers. The Museum's three new videos about packing glass are

Mark Matthews Guest Artist Demonstration (February 2019)
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Watch Mark Matthews ' live demo from February's Marvelous Marble Day event. See the final marble out of the annealer starting at 1:19:57. Inspired by the rich, 5,000-year-old history of glass, Matthews works in a small studio exploring all the ways radically different designs and

Jason Christian Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Jason Christian's demo from the February 2019 2300° event where he makes a "bumpershoot" parasol out of glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations

Anne Vibeke Mou | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Hear from Anne Vibeke Mou about her time as an artist-in-residence at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass where she experimented with creating new glass formulas using ancient fossils, inspired by waldglas. Originally from Denmark, artist and engraver Anne Vibeke Mou has been studying and

Bill Anderson: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Bill Anderson reminisces about growing up in the area, his father's employment as a gaffer at Corning Glass Works, his own employment, and the flood of 1972.‎ Filmed September 2011. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass industry

Foam Cavity Packing Glass for Shipping
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Watch step-by-step instructions from the experts at The Corning Museum of Glass on how to pack glass for shipping using the foam cavity method. Download the Tools & Materials Source List. This video is second in a series of three. Watch more on how to pack glass for shipping: Soft Packing/Box

Soft Packing Glass for Shipping/Box-Within-a-Box
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Watch step-by-step instructions on how to pack glass for shipping using the soft packing or box-within-a-box method from the experts at The Corning Museum of Glass. Download the Tools & Materials Source List. This video is first in a series of three. Watch more on how to pack glass for shipping

Specialty & Custom Packing Glass for Shipping
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Watch examples of how to pack glass for shipping using custom methods unique to the object from the experts at The Corning Museum of Glass. Download the Tools & Materials Source List. This video is the last in a series of three. Watch more on how to pack glass for shipping: Soft Packing/Box

Manny Quinnones: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Manny Quinnones talks about his fascination with glass after a school trip to Vitrix, a glass blowing studio in Corning, NY. He worked for local glass studios before becoming employed by Corning Incorporated and then Steuben Glass. Filmed August 2010. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation

Max Erlacher: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Roland "Max" Erlacher, is a master glass engraver and Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass. In 1957, Max Erlacher accepted a job with Steuben Glass in Corning, NY, as a master engraver. He worked in this capacity for 20 years and upon leaving, operated his own business on Market Street

Robert Cassetti: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Robert Cassetti worked for Steuben Glass as a designer for more than 10 years and was named design director in 2002. He discusses his path into glass design and his career with Steuben Glass. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people

Lynn LaBarr: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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LaBarr trained and worked at A-factory. He described how he was trained (practicing on breaks with help from a mentor), and worked with a German system shop (consisting of 9 workers) with union rules and seniority. He blew Pyrex into molds and substituted on a pressing machine. He moved to Steuben

Nick Williams: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Nick Williams talks about his career at The Corning Museum of Glass, where he began in 1973, working on flood recovery for the Museum's library, later transitioning into photography, assisting Ray Errett, the Museum's conservator and photographer.‎ Filmed August 2015. The Rakow Research

Heath Rutledge: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Heath Rutledge was employed by Corning from 1960 to his retirement in 1995. He discusses his family life, the 1972 flood, and the role of Corning Inc. in the community.‎ Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass

Robert Kosty: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Bob Kosty talks about his various jobs at Corning Glass Works, including his work in the machine shop following the flood of 1972. Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass industry and glass arts.

Tom Dimitroff (2012): Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Tom Dimitroff discusses his career as a teacher, his roles as Corning-area historian and glass researcher. He has authored several books regarding Corning and Carder Steuben glass. He shares stories about labor unions in Corning Inc., the Ravenna train wreck and monument and the flood of 1972 in

Louise & Joe Maio: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Joe and Louise Maio (husband and wife) discuss their employment at the Corning Museum of Glass, the changes they've seen in their 40 years of employment at the Museum, and the flood of 1972. Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people

Clyde Rathmann: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Clyde Rathmann reflects on his employment at Corning Glass Works and discusses his involvement and the challenges in producing an 84-inch telescope mirror for an astrophysicist named Aden Meinel. The lens was installed in Kitt Peak, Arizona. Other projects he discusses include his work with the

Stephen Shaw: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Stephen Shaw reminisces on his experience, beginning at the age of 18 and working his way up through the ranks of Corning Glass Works to Steuben, and then research and development, eventually leaving and working 19 years for Owens-Illinois before retiring. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research

David Anderson: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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David Anderson describes processes, glass tanks (furnaces), and products, including flat glass (World Trade Center cladding); photochromic glass; Steuben; Ford CERCOR engines; spinning hemispheres; and more. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the

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