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.

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Oct 19, 2018)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in The Studio on October 19, 2018. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka. See the final birds at 13:09, 42:40, and 1:45:35. The

Aaron Jack & Anna Knoll Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch live as Aaron Jack collaborates with glass cutter Anna Knoll in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Together they will create a one-of-a-kind piece that will incorporate both of their artistic styles.

Chris Ahalt Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Chris Ahalt demonstrates making a glass bear, showing how to work in steps to create hollow forms using not much more than a blow hose and few key tools. See the final piece starting at 1:03:06. Ahalt is a flameworker with 19 years experience. In 2005, he apprenticed under master

Studio Demonstrations: Jim Byrnes
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Watch Jim Byrnes demonstrate for his Studio course, Beginning Flameworking. Students will be guided through sequential exercises designed to target specific skills. As students become familiar with a few skills, they will begin to combine them. The goal of the class is to equip students with an

Pavlína Čambalová Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace sculpting to flameworking to any other variety of glassblowing techniques. Watch as Pavlína Čambalová demonstrates diamond wheel engraving. See the final piece

Christa Westbrook Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Christa Westbrook create a large colorful vessel in this Guest Artist demo. See the final piece starting at 1:27:55. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the

Bandhu Dunham Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Bandhu Dunham demonstrates techniques for creating kinetic glass sculptures that utilize natural forces such as gravity, heat, and pressure to animate whimsical moving machines. See the final pieces starting at 1:04:41. Bandhu Dunham is the author of the definitive glass text, Contemporary

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 25, 2018)
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Watch as Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate goblet-making along with color chemistry and melting practice. See the final object starting at 1:01:32. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace

Simone Crestani Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 18, 2018)
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrates hollow sculpting at the torch. See the final object starting at 1:00:00. An introspective and self-taught artist, Crestani has put together all of the lessons he’s learned and the experience he’s gained, to break away from the traditional glassmaking of Murano.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Guest Artist Demonstration (July 19, 2018)
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Watch Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck collaborate to create a large wrapped glass bowl. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:29:14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban
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Watch Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban demonstrate for their Studio course, Reinterpreting Italian Techniques, which will focus on reinterpreting the glassblowing techniques that defined Italian glass in the modern era, between 1930 and 1960. A broad survey of hot-working techniques, including

Studio Demonstrations: Michael Schunke
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Watch as Michael Schunke demonstrated goblet-making skills for his Studio course, Goblet Thinking for the Modern World. Students detached from expectations and remained open to the unexpected, enabling both success and—more importantly—failure. Students learned the skills to manage these opposite

Studio Demonstrations: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart demonstrate for their Studio course, Flameworking Cocktail, in which the focus was on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills. Students were introduced to various techniques using both soft (soda lime) and hard (borosilicate)

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which will focus on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing the freedom to explore process, as well as the potential of the material.

Studio Demonstrations: Ethan Stern
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Watch Ethan Stern demonstrate for his Studio course, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.

Studio Demonstrations: Raven Skyriver
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Watch Raven Skyriver demonstrate for his Under Construction class at The Studio. In this sculpting class, students learned how to construct the objects that they have been visualizing but haven't yet tackled. Students explored complex color application using the powder booth, emploedy the use

Studio Demonstrations: Alex Brand
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Watch Alex Brand demonstrate for his Color Working Techniques course at The Studio. This course presented various color working techniques and taught students to infuse their glassmaking with color. The class focused on various types of incalmo work; the hot joining of two or more separate blown

Studio Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his furnace working class, Creating and Using Murrine, a Muranese technique called tociar piere—the roll-up technique.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Debbie Tarsitano
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Watch as Debbie Tarsitano demonstrates for her class, Encasing Flamework: Designs Under Glass, which will focus on encasing lampworked elements in clear crystal.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: John Miller (June 10, 2015)
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Watch as John Miller demonstrates making an over-sized glass donut for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, which explored traditional and nontraditional glassblowing and hot sculpting, including cane, murrini, mold blowing, blown and solid sculpting, inside sculpting, using the hot torch and garage,

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky (August 12, 2015)
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See photos of the final piece out of the annealer.  Watch as Martin Janecky demonstrates sculpting a large horse head for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which focused on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting from within the bubble.

Eusheen Goines Live-streamed Studio Demo
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Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally-renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace sculpting to flameworking to any other variety of glassblowing techniques. Watch as Eusheen Goines demonstrates how to create a fillacello pendant for his class at