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.

Studio Demonstrations: Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz
Video

Watch Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz demonstrate for their Studio course, A Step-by-Step Approach, in which focus was on refining skills of basic forms such as the tumbler, cylinder, bowl, and bottle. Moving logically from one shape to the next helped students build a solid foundation for the

Lauren Hunt: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
Video

Drawn to functional forms more than abstract designs, and inspired by makers such as Boyd Sugiki and The Studio's own resident artist Bill Gudenrath, Lauren Hunt gets motivation from her surroundings at The Studio. The skill of these masters is "what you strive for," and Lauren

Glass Education Innovator: Boyd Sugiki
Article

Traditionally, glassblowing is learned first through observation, then by practice (and more practice!) Glass is a challenging medium and only dedicated glassblowing students will gain true competency to know what to do to achieve a desired design. Boyd Sugiki stands out among glass educators for

Bowls, Part 1
Video

In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki demonstrates things to consider when making a glass bowl such as proportioning the glass, turning speeds, and outside and inside work. Download a PDF diagram about making bowls. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning

Building Up Heat (BUH)
Video

In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses the reasons for building up heat, such as to prevent the moil from cracking, or to prevent the punty from cracking, to prevent the object from cracking when removing it from the punty, or to straighten an object if it starts going off center. Download a

Straightening
Video

In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki demonstrates how the temperature of the object and the temperature of the punty affects how you straighten a piece, straightening basics, variations on straightening, and techniques for straightening goblets. Download a PDF diagram  about straightening techniques.

The Punty
Video

In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki talks about the punty. With help from artist Lisa Zerkowitz, Sugiki discusses the surface and core temperature of the punty, the temperature of the object, and how the object is placed on and taken off the punty. Download a PDF diagram about using the punty. This

Bowls, Part 2
Video

In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki continues to demonstrate techniques for making bowls and refining your design. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.