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.

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?

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.

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

What’s The Blown Away Residency?
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The Blown Away  prize package includes a residency at The Corning Museum of Glass. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator, and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss the details of the residency and why it’s so special.

How Contemporary Artists Find Their Fire at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Corning, New York, is synonymous with glass—and many artists find their way to this small town nestled in the Finger Lakes. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass explains how the Museum supports artists sculpting their own path in contemporary glassmaking.

Getting Started as a Glassblower
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There are many ways to become a glassblower—at art schools, through apprenticeships, or even at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Blown Away resident evaluator Katherine Gray and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass discuss how they got their start blowing glass.

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

Jeff Mack & Eric Meek Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jeff Mack and Eric Meek demonstrate working in the traditional Venetian style for their class, Cane and Cups. Students learned cane techniques such as mezza-filigranna, reticello, and zanfirico, incorporating various patterns to create multi-part vessels and goblets.

Eric Meek and Eric Goldschmidt at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
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At 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest in January 2013, glassblower Eric Meek and flameworker Eric Goldschmidt collaborated to make an amphora with flameworked figures and grapes. See what they had to say about the experience.

2300º: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 17, 2013), including music by The Blind Spots,

Creating the Watkins Glen International NASCAR Trophy
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This video tells the story of the making of the trophy for The Watkins Glen International 2013 Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen and the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Corning Museum glassmaker Eric Meek drew upon glassmaking traditions and fine craftsmanship to realize the modern, elegant form, which

Eric Meek: Museum Gaffer
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Eric Meek has been a gaffer at The Corning Museum of Glass since 2005, and now manages the Museum's hot glass programs. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Eric worked at the production studio at the Henry Ford Museum. He went on to receive his MFA from Kent State University

Gathering Glass from the Furnace
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Watch what's happening inside the furnace when glassmakers take a gather. Animation by Brian Hewitt, Designer/Front-End Developer, and gathering and narration by Eric Meek, Hot Glass Show/GlassLab Manager.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Eric Meek
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Watch Eric Meek make a "plaidicello" platter in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Eric Meek, Hot Glass Programs Manager at the Museum, got his start in glassblowing at Bowling Green State University. After receiving an MFA from Kent State University, he taught glassmaking in Austria for six

Local Artists Panel | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Pursuing one’s dream to be a working artist can be a challenge. It takes determination, imagination, and pure grit. Many people have built their lives around their craft, but have you ever wondered what it takes to become a full-time, self-sufficient glass artist? From identifying a saleable