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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Don't Try This At Home
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See the Don't Try This At Home demo this summer, one of 50+ live glass demonstrations at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Heather Spiewak Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Heather Spiewak create a vessel using four separate pieces of cut glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 28, 2018. See the finished vessel starting at 1:07:47. A member of the Hot Glass Team, Heather Spiewak graduated from Illinois State University, where she studied studio

Jason Howard Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Jason Howard demonstrated for his flameworking class, "If You Can Understand It, You Can Do It," at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final object starting at 54:53. R. Jason Howard is a glass artist who specializes in borosilicate flameworking. He lives in

Glass in Nature
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Although most people think of glass as a man-made material, it is found in many forms in the natural world. A range of glasses are found in—and formed by—nature. Volcanoes spew molten rock, lightning strikes desert and beach sands, meteorites pound the earth, and sea sponges and microscopic

American Indians in Tiffany's Marquette Mural
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In conjunction with the 2017 special exhibition, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, on view from May 20, 2017- through January 6, 2018, director of education and interpretation Kris Wetterlund sat down with cultural historian Logan Pappenfort from the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma to discuss the

Fred Kahl Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artist Fred Kahl make a sculpture using cast glass shapes during his Guest Artist demo for 2300°: GlassFest on May 24, 2018. See the final piece out of the annealer starting at 1:37:28. Fred Kahl, or ‘The Great Fredini’ as he is known, is a New York City-based artist (and magician) who

Courtney Dodd Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Courtney Dodd make a large, white vase during her demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 21, 2018. See the finished vase starting at 1:23:24. Courtney Dodd is a full-time artist who lives and works in the mountains of Bakersville, North Carolina. She's worked for Devin

Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (June 20, 2018)
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Watch as Bill Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, "An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques," at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final objects out of the annealer starting at 1:01:58. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an

Welcome to GlassBarge
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Climb aboard GlassBarge by The Corning Museum of Glass. The innovative, all-electric floating glass-making studio is making her way up the Hudson River. Enjoy the beauty of New York’s waterways as the talented Hot Glass Team demonstrates the centuries-old artform of glassblowing. This mobile

Dale Chihuly: A Selective Biography
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Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. He is a generous and charismatic individual with a forceful personality, who

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Clare Belfrage (July 15, 2015)
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Watch as Clare Belfrage demonstrated for her class, Line Drawings and More, the crazy wonders of cane drawing, which involves “drawing” with fine glass lines onto glass forms in the hot shop. Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine

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

Vannoccio Biringuccio, De la pirotechnia, 1540
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The technology of printing with movable type, which had been invented in the mid-15th century, was still in its youth when Vannoccio Biringuccio’s comprehensive work on metallurgy, De la pirotechnia, was published in Venice in 1540. The phenomenon of the printed book spread knowledge and encouraged

Finding the Right Recipe: Borosilicate Glass
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Otto Schott, the pioneering German glass chemist, made a glass that could reliably do something that didn’t seem possible: endure sudden, uneven temperature shifts without shattering. The key, Schott discovered in 1882, was to have a critical amount of the element boron in the glass recipe. Schott

Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead
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An understanding of the history of glass would not be complete without acknowledging the importance of glass beads both as a products of early manufacture in the medium and as artistic representations of diverse cultures and societies. Glass beads have been found at the earliest glass manufacturing

Gladiator Cup with Handles
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The Chavagnes gladiators cup, made in the mid-first century A.D., was found in eastern France, and it is now part of the Corning collection. It shows pairs of gladiators in combat, and some of their names are known from literary and epigraphic sources. This sports cup, blown in a mold with two

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

Glasses with American Views
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Glasses engraved with scenic views or important buildings are part of a Germanic tradition dating to the eighteenth century. Similar commemorative glasses are noted in England, e.g., the well-known Sunderland Bridge rummers, but they are less common in English glass. Germanic glasses with this type

Meet the Artist: Kait Rhoads and Amy Rueffert
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Corning Museum of Glass, April 21, 2008 Hello, I’m Tina Oldknow, the museum’s curator of modern glass. I welcome you to our series of conversations with artists who have made a significant impact on contemporary glass in America and abroad. Today, I will be speaking with two artists, Kait Rhoads

Glass for the King of Siam: Bernard Perrot’s Portrait Plaque of King Louis XIV and Its Trip to Asia
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In 2004, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired an oval cast glass plaque with the portrait of King Louis XIV (Fig. 1) of France (r. 1643–1715). It is the second plaque of its kind in the museum, and one of eight examples that are known (3 in the catalog below). This plaque was not purchased so that

2011 GlassFest FlameOff: Recap with Paul Stankard
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GlassFest Flameoff 2011 Recap: World-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard and World Glass store owner Josh Powers (Corning, NY), reflect on their journey to  create the 2011 GlassFest FlameOff. The FlameOff showcases several artists from around the world that demonstrate their talents using a torch

Early Islamic Gold Sandwich Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass
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This article reviews the current state of our knowledge of early Islamic gold sandwich glass and publishes five examples in the Museum's collection. In 1964, the Corning Museum acquired a gold sandwich glass cup [64.1.32] (Fig. 1) that was identified as “2nd–4th century A.D., Parthian or

Antonio Neri: Alchemist, Glassmaker, Priest
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One of the most interesting figures in the history of glass lived four hundred years ago in Florence, Italy. He was an alchemist, a glassmaker and a Catholic priest. His name was Antonio Neri and he worked for a prince from the Medici royal family. 1  Neri is famously known as the author of the

Guest Artist: Virgil Ortiz
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The Rockwell Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass collaborated to bring internationally renowned artist Virgil Ortiz to Corning, NY for an opportunity to work in a new medium--glass. From Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, Ortiz strives to use art to blend historic events with futuristic elements in

Enameled Glass Vessels, 1425 B.C.E.–1800: The Decorating Process
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The earliest glass vessel decorated with enameling dates from about 1425 B.C.E. 1 It successfully combines one of humankind’s oldest creative urges (the desire to draw on things) with one of the most advanced technologies of the ancient world (glassmaking). Today, essentially the same process

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

Glass Ribbon Machine
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Watch one of the world's fastest machines in action. After Thomas Edison developed a practical and durable light bulb filament in 1879, it took time for this technology to take hold, in part because it required a new product: glass envelopes to surround the filament. When Edison first

Expanding Horizons Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jessi Moore and the Expanding Horizons class demonstrate with special visiting artist Laura Donefer. Expanding Horizons is a week-long program for underserved teens who are top students in their glassblowing classes. The program is supported by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Learn more

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

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