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 Librarian at our Rakow Research Library.

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Lens Making in the 1600s
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Three centuries ago, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made hundreds of simple microscopes. He experimented with at least three methods to make their tiny lenses but kept his techniques secret. Based on scholarly research, this video made by The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how van Leeuwenhoek might

SPACE: Real and Imagined | Tom Patti: Behind the Glass
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In his Behind the Glass lecture, SPACE: Real and Imagined, Tom Patti, who recently completed a Specialty Glass Residency in Corning, discusses his life and projects, including work created during his residency. Patti is the second artist to have completed this residency program, which is offered to

60 Years- Architectural Changes
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The campus of The Corning Museum of Glass is a collection of modern glass architecture, influenced by three generations of architects, each with the goal of creating a fluid space and incorporating glass wherever possible. This video features Laurie Hawkinson, architect.

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...

George Kennard: Museum Gaffer
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George Kennard has been at The Corning Museum of Glass since 2001, after spending eight years working in private studios. He began his tenure at the Museum as an instructor in The Studio, teaching beginning and continuing classes in glassblowing. George enjoys the limitless opportunities for

Chris Rochelle: Museum Gaffer
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Chris Rochelle's path as a glass artist traces back to Hartwick College, where he studied sculpture and painting. The school's small glass program gave him his first taste of working with...

Behind the Glass: Yasuaki Kakehi
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How can technologies enhance human sensation, imagination, skill, communication? These are the questions Yasuaki Kakehi seeks to address through his experiments with interactive tools, toys, and sculptures. An artist, scientist, and technologist, Kakehi challenges our perception of the boundaries

Origins, Inspirations, and Unprecedented Extrapolations: Confessions of a Glass Sphere Maker
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Join Mark Matthews as he presents his Behind the Glass lecture "Origins, Inspirations, and Unprecedented Extrapolations: Confessions of a Glass Sphere Maker." Described by Matthews as a "comprehensive jaunt through my odyssey," he traces his development as a glass sphere artist

2300° Fire and Ice with James Mongrain and Wild Adriatic
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Guest artist James Mongrain took over the Amphitheater Hot Shop in this unforgettable 2300° glassmaking demo. Mongrain is known for his mastery of traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques and goblet-making skills and in this demo he made a large-scale work decorated with glass animals created

Guest Artist Demonstration: James Mongrain
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See master gaffer James Mongrain and our Hot Glass Demo team explore traditional Venetian and Italian forms during Mongrain's extended stay as a guest artist in our Amphitheater Hot Shop. In this demo, Mongrain makes the decorative glass animals used later in the week in his 2300° demo.

2300° with Alli Hoag and The Mudmen
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At the December 2015 2300° event, visual artist Alli Hoag, performance artist Tinna Thorsteindottir, and their team from Bowling Green State University collaborated with our Hot Glass Demo team to bring sound and sight together for an unforgettable performance. Music by the high-energy and fun

Using a Pi Divider
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Glassmakers use a tool called a pi divider for cane pick-ups and roll-ups. One end of the tool is the measurement of the circumference of a circle, and the other end is the measurement of the diameter. The length of the cane is equal to the circumference of the circle, which is divided by π to

The Story of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka
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The Botanical Wonders exhibition celebrates the singular triumph of glassmakers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) and offers close-ups of the people and the craft process behind the Glass Flowers. David Whitehouse narrates. "Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard

Make Your Own Glass Ornament
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Try glassblowing at The Corning Museum of Glass (any age if accompanied by an adult).

Mark Matthews Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Mark Matthews demonstrates for his class, Graphic and Color Systems in Glass, which focused on freehand use of colored rods, powders, frits, and techniques such as color overlaying and cane making, to create combinations of graphic patterns and experiment with integrated color schemes.

Quatrefoil Goblet
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In this video, a crimp-edge molding tool sandwiches the glass between a solid form on the inside and metal jaws on the outside to create a quatrefoil shape. This technique would be the last step in the making of a quatrefoil goblet. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

Enameled Goblet
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This goblet is made using mezza-stampatura, also known as mezza-forma (Italian, “half mold”). With this technique, vertical ribs are made on the lower part of a blown object by inflating the bottom half of the parison into a dip mold. The goblet shown in this video is decorated with gilding and

Reticello Platter
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This video shows the making of a reticello platter with a folded edge. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/object/reticello-platter The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Dragon-stem Goblet
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A dragon-stem goblet has many parts, including a bowl, a foot, and a dragon. Dip molding is used to create the dragon, and the parts are attached with glue bits. This goblet has pincered bits, a merese, an avolio, wings, and eyes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

St. Augustine Rouen Goblet
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The Verre des Augustins, made in France in the late 14th century and now housed in the Musée Départemental des Antiquités in Rouen, is arguably the most beautiful goblet made in western Europe before the Renaissance. The manner in which it was made—particularly the construction of its stem—was

Goblet Making on the Blowpipe
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A goblet—bowl, foot, and stem—is made on the blowpipe in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/comparative-table-differences-betwee... The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Later Goblet-Building Process
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In this video, a goblet is made using a technique that was employed in the 19th century and later. The stem and foot are made first, then set aside. Eventually, they are added to the cup with glue bits. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http:/

Phases and Options of Goblet Making
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The five phases of creating a goblet, and many options, are shown in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/introduction-how-use-online-resource The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Making Glass Tubes with a Bubble on the End
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The making of a small glass tube begins with the pulling of molten glass to form a tube. The tube is then reheated with a torch, the end is closed, and air is blown to create a small bubble. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian

Ein Gedi Bottle
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This video shows the making of the Ein Gedi bottle, which is dated to the mid-first century B.C. It is now in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/later-first-century-bc-evidence The

Color-Band Bottle
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The small bottle shown in this video is made with bands of color. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath http://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/later-first-century-bc-evidence The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By

Grant Garmezy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Grant Garmezy demonstrates making a large reptile head for his class, Sparking Life Into Glass, which focused on special techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting https://www.cmog.org/event/live-streamed-studio-demonstration-grant-garmezy Raised on a farm outside of Nashville,

Amanda Gundy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Amanda Gundy demonstrates for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing: In Living Color, a class for beginning students who are ready to focus on technique and problem solving. Amanda Gundy began working with hot glass in 2004 after graduating college with a degree in photography. Immediately

2300° with Larkin Poe and Jaime Guerrero
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November's 2300° event featured artist Jaime Guerrero who joined the Hot Glass Demo team in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for his demonstration titled Refugees and Pin~atas. Larkin Poe, an edgy folk-rock band formed by Atlanta-based sisters Megan and Rebecca, brought their high energy and

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Giles Bettison
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Watch as Giles Bettison demonstrates for his class, Looking at Patterns and Murrine, which will focus on building patterns using sheet glass to make murrine cane that can then be used in vessels, panels and other objects.

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