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.

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

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

Mappae Clavicula
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The oldest of the Rakow Library’s holdings, this 12th-century Latin manuscript might best be described as a chemistry book for the medieval artist. The Mappae clavicula presents more than 200 recipes for making various substances used in art and craft. In these formulas, ingredients found in the

Glass of the Alchemists
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In the late 17th century, European glassmakers scored two major successes. In Bohemia, the British Isles, and Germany, they produced crystal glass vessels that resembled natural rock crystal. And in Brandenburg, Germany, they also manufactured red vessels—from gold ruby glass—that looked as if they

Glass of the Alchemists: Think of Glass as a Cake- Recipes and Crizzling
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Glass of the Alchemists: Ruby Covered Goblet
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Glass of the Alchemists: Johann Rudolf Glauber
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Glass of the Alchemists: Johann Kunckel and Ruby Glass
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Glass of the Alchemists: Imitation of Rock Crystal
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Glass of the Alchemists: Gold Ruby Glass in Southern Germany
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Glass of the Alchemists: Gold Ruby Glass in Bohemia
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Glass of the Alchemists: Gold Ruby Glass
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Glass of the Alchemists: Glass Crizzling
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Glass of the Alchemists: Glass Casting Technology
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Glass of the Alchemists: George Ravenscroft in England
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Glass of the Alchemists: Engraving Before Lead Crystal
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Glass of the Alchemists: Crizzling Over Time
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Glass of the Alchemists: Central Europe and Chalk Glass
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Glass of the Alchemists: Bottger's Research in Porcelain
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Glass of the Alchemists: Bohemian Glass Cutting
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Glassmaking Furnace
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Crystal in Poland
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Crystal in Norway
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Glass of the Alchemists: Baroque Crystal in Eastern Asia
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Glass of the Alchemists: Alchemists Throughout Europe
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