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 Live Stream: William Gudenrath
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An expert on Venetian glass, William Gudenrath demonstrates for students in his class how to create well-formed and thinly-blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from the class "An In

Helen Tegeler: Museum Gaffer
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Helen Tegeler on new ways of working with an ancient material: "Even with such a rich history we strive to find new ways to explore and push the boundaries--trying to make glass not necessarily look like glass but using it as my communication for creativity." The Museum Gaffer Profiles

Behind the Scenes of Blown Away
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For the final episode of "Blown Away," The Corning Museum of Glass was invited onto the set and into the spotlight. The Museum's senior manager of hot glass programs, Eric Meek, served as the guest evaluator, bring with him a little help for the competitors. Six talented glassmakers

Matteo Seguso: Guest Artist Live Stream
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See Guest Artist Matteo Seguso during a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on July 11 from 6 to 7:30 pm. A master engraver, Seguso uses a lathe and various tools and wheels to create his detailed engravings. (Photo credit: Image provided by the artist. Attribution-ShareAlike

Glass Tension and the Prince Rupert’s Drop
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Prince Rupert’s Drops are incredibly strong, but they have an Achilles' heel. That’s why Prince Rupert who created them thought they’d make for excellent party tricks. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass safely shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas how this unique glass shape,

B Team Hot Soup Day Two, Undated
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Edited File, Undated
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Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew, they became a not-for-profit organization, and began

B Team Hot Soup Tricks, circa 1996
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Hot Soup Tricks 2, circa 1996
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Hot Soup Tricks 3, circa 1996
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Hot Soup, Undated
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

Wait…That Cold Glass is Hot?
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Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how glass that may look cold can still be hot enough to do some damage—or pop some “Corn-ing” popcorn, which host Nick Uhas enjoys on the set of "Blown Away."

B Team Performances during the 1992 Seminar, 1992
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

B Team Spontaneous Combustion 2, Undated
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

The B Team at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Narrated by Zesty Meyers, circa 1993
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Digitized footage from the B Team Records Collection. Founded by Zesty Meyers in 1991, the B Team was dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of glass forms and sharing their work with others. The team initially performed and lectured at colleges; however, as their popularity and success grew,

What Happens When Glass Cools Too Quickly?
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Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass makes a lovely glass vase for Nick Uhas from "Blown Away." But Nick soon finds out why annealing (slow cooling) is an important part of the glassmaking process. Learn more: https://www.cmog.org/article/annealing-glass

G Brian Juk Guest Artist Demonstration
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See guest artist G Brian Juk's demo from the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 27. See the final piece starting at 1:56:54. 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

How Do You Color Glass?
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Nick Uhas from Blown Away works with Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass to learn how to apply color to clear glass. It’s as simple as putting sprinkles on a sweet treat!

Tools are a Glassmaker’s Friend
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Glassmakers use very humble tools to shape a material hotter than lava. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas some of a glassmaker’s trusty sidekicks. Learn more: https://www.cmog.org/article/tools-glassmaker

What it Takes to Blow a Glass Bubble
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Think you need lungs of steel? Not quite! Nick Uhas, host of "Blown Away," learns how to blow a glass bubble with Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass.

Laura Donefer Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch Laura Donefer's demo from June 19, 2019 at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final piece starting at 1:30:02. Laura Donefer distinguishes her work in two parts based on her emotional inspirations: the happy, beautiful baskets that make people smile, and her “darker work”

What is Glass Made Of?
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Have you ever wondered what glass is made of? So has host Nick Uhas! Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass talks about the basic ingredients found in all that beautiful glass made on Blown Away. Learn more in this article, What is Glass?

Guest Artist Live Stream: G Brian Juk
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Watch G Brian Juk, a member of the Hot Glass Demo team, demonstrate his talents as an artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 27 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Juk's work stands out for its identifiable color schemes. He likes to create utilitarian pieces in order to feel a deeper connection with the

The Corning Museum of Glass Partners with Blown Away
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The Corning Museum of Glass was involved in Blown Away from concept to reality. Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, explains how that partnership culminated into a special last episode in the first season.

Blown Away by the Possibilities of Glass
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It’s easy to overlook glass in our everyday life. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from Blown Away, and Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, talk about how they hope Blown Away helps people see glass in a new light.

Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart Guest Artist Demonstration
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See Guest Artists Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart 's demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from June 20, 2019. See the final works starting at 1:14:58. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide

Nadine Saylor Guest Artist Demonstration
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See Guest Artist Nadine Saylor 's demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from June 13, 2019. See the final pieces out of the annealer starting at 1:12:01. Saylor’s work investigates the rise and fall of the American economy while preserving its history in glass. Her work is a recollection of the

Studio Live Stream: Suellen Fowler
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A dedicated colorist and master of “off-hand” flameworking, artist Suellen Fowler demonstrates for her class a variety of techniques for blowing vessels and sculpting forms from borosilicate glass. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from her class "Flamework Glass:

Want to Try Glassmaking Yourself?
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After watching Blown Away, you’ll be inspired to try glassmaking yourself! Luckily, there are lots of opportunities. Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, offers tips on how new glass enthusiasts can learn glassmaking.

Exploring Glass as a Creative Material
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Despite 35 centuries of glass history, artists have only been exploring the material’s creative potential for mere decades. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from Blown Away, and Eric Meek, glassmaker at The Corning Museum of Glass, talk about the beginning of the Studio Glass Movement and its

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