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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The Story of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka
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The Botanical Wonders exhibition celebrated the singular triumph of glassmakers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) and offered close-ups of the people and the craft process behind the glass flowers. Video narrated by David Whitehouse.

Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab
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Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab showcases the Museum’s signature design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with hot glass. The exhibition features over 150 design prototypes by nearly 50 international designers. Over the last decade, the field of design has

Tiffany Treasures (Podcast)
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Learn more about Louis Comfort Tiffany and his work. In this podcast, Bill Gudenrath, the Museum's resident adviser to The Studio and a glass historian, interviews curator of American glass, Jane Shadel Spillman, and librarian at the Museum's Rakow Research Library, Diane Dolbashian. Both

Harvey K. Littleton and the American Studio Glass Movement
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Harvey Littleton is internationally acclaimed and recognized for his tireless work in founding and promoting the American Studio Glass movement. The movement was “born” in 1962, during two seminal glassblowing workshops at The Toledo Museum of Art. The workshops were led by Littleton, a Cranbrook

The American Studio Glass Movement
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The Beginning of the Studio Movement During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media in the U.S. began to gain in popularity and importance, and American artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry. The catalyst for the development of studio glass in the United States

Chemistry of Glass
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Thousands of different chemical compositions can be made into glass. Different formulas affect the mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical, and thermal properties of the glasses that are produced. There is no single chemical composition that characterizes all glass. Typical glass contains formers

Robert Willson- Bringing Life to Solid Glass
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Anyone who has gazed into the clear depths of a paperweight knows how intoxicating solid glass can be. Glass in vessel form can be decorative, beautiful, even breathtaking, but one cannot escape the utilitarian. After all, it can hold our Cheerios. On the other hand, you would be lying to yourself

Blaschkas’ Glass Models of Invertebrate Animals (1863–1890)
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The story of the Blaschkas begins in the small town of Böhmisch Aicha (now Cˇesky´ Dub in the Czech Republic), where Leopold’s father continued the family tradition of flameworking. When Leopold was a student, his favorite  subjects were natural history and painting, and a visiting artist urged him

Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch
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A special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927), one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from March 15, 2012, through February 3, 2013. The exhibition recognized Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a

Master of Studio Glass: František Vízner
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In 1979, the Museum’s landmark exhibition, New Glass: A Worldwide Survey, introduced to the American public the work of a Czechoslovak glassmaker, František Vízner. Nearly 30 years later, the Museum presented Vizner once again at Corning as a studio glass master. Masters of Studio Glass: František

Glass of the Alchemists: Introduction
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In their well-known attempts to make gold, alchemists also provided the foundation for modern chemistry and material sciences. This exhibition explores Northern European glass of the Baroque period and examines the technical advances in glassmaking made by alchemists during that time. Their work

Glass Furniture in the 19th Century
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Today, it is not at all unusual to find glass tables and cabinets, as well as large glass lighting devices. But in the second half of the 19th century, when glass was first used in furniture on a commercial basis, it would have been truly remarkable to see such objects. The development of glass

The Glass Flowers
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Before the development of high-speed moving image media, or fiberglass, naturalists and educators faced a quandary: it was often impossible to demonstrate exactly what an invertebrate looked like without a live specimen, because the spine collapses and color leaches out of one preserved in alcohol.

Cameo Glass
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Discover the history of Roman cameo glass, and lean how it is made, with experts at the Corning Museum of Glass. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Glass Jug inside of a Jug
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Watch experts at the Corning Museum of Glass recreate one of the stranger glass pieces made in Roman times- a jug inside of another, larger jug! This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Making Iridized Glass
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Learn about ancient iridized glass and a method for creating iridized glass surfaces. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008. Note: the method portrayed uses stannous chloride fumes, which can be highly toxic

Tom Patti- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Tom Patti explains his unique approach to working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

Gold Glass
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Learn about Gold Glass from Ancient Rome, and also, how to make gold glass today. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a kuttrolf
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This video shows the technique of making a kuttrolf, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a medieval goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a medieval goblet, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a stangenglas
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This video shows the technique of making a stangenglas, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
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Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American Glass, discusses Louis Comfort Tiffany's blown glass showcased in "Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections"- on view at The Corning Museum of Glass November 1, 2009- October 31, 2010.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making prunts
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This video shows the technique of making prunts, seen on objects in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky
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Toots Zynsky's distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels enjoy a widespread popularity and deserved acclaim for their often extraordinary and always unique explorations in color. Defying categorization, her pieces inhabit a region all their own, interweaving the traditions of painting,

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass: From the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties (Revised)
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Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, was one of America's longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957), one that rivaled its better known contemporaries, Tiffany and Steuben. It constantly reinvented and re-invigorated its business through creativity in texture,

Lino Tagliapietra- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Artist Lino Tagliapietra shares his love of working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part Two
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th or 14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob

(No Sound) Medieval Glass: Making a multi-sided beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a multi-sided beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a prunted beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a prunted beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries
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East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries at The Corning Museum of Glass November 18, 2010- October 30, 2011, explored the cultural exchanges of glassmaking between the East and West and documents stylistic developments in Western Europe and East

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