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.

Gallé Dragonfly Coupe
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Dragonfly Coupe, created by French glass artist Emile Gallé. The love of nature, characteristic of the art nouveau style, is reflected in this remarkable coupe. A poet, designer, and a businessman, Gallé was well-versed in art, literature, botany, and

Eckhardt's Archangel Uriel
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Archangel Uriel, created by artist Edris Eckhardt. During the 1950s, the studio crafts gained in popularity and importance in the United States. New techniques were developed by individual designer-craftsmen, who explored new uses for glass, ceramics, wood,

Musler Cityscape
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Cityscape, created by artist Jay Musler. He chose a spherical container blown of industrial Pyrex glass, which he cut in half. He then cut the rim of the hemisphere into a jagged edge, sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint. The sculpture's

Bertil Vallien, Unknown Destination II
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes Unknown Destination II by Swedish artist Bertil Vallien. Unknown Destination II reflects Bertil Vallien's interest in Sweden's Viking heritage. He uses boats as a metaphor for the journey (both physical and psychological), time, exploration, and

Ruffner Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course
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Curator Tina Oldknow describes Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course  by American artist Ginny Ruffner.

Reynolds Family Matter
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes the object Family Matter  by American artist Jill Reynolds.

Hoffmann Table Set
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Table Set created by glass artist Josef Hoffmann. Hoffmann studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Otto Wagner, whose theories of functional, modern buildings greatly influenced his work. He established his architectural practice in

Tagliapietra Endeavor
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes Endeavor  by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra. A sense of weightlessness characterizes this instillation of 18 boatlike forms. Inspired by the sight of the many gondolas that gather at the entrance of the Venetian lagoon on the feast day of the Ascension of

Reynolds Family Matter- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes the object Family Matter by American artist Jill Reynolds.

Hilton Innerland
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Innerland, designed by glass artist Eric Hilton and executed at Steuben Glass, Inc. This piece is a multi-part sculpture that expresses designer Eric Hilton's concept of the unity of life and of the "inner being, or inner land, which is shared by

De Santillana West Sky
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes West Sky  by artist Alessandro Diaz de Santillana. De Santillana uses color and form to interpret the four elements of the exterior world—air, earth, fire, and water—and the five senses of the interior world—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. His

Marioni Chartreuse Pair
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes Chartreuse Pair  by American artist Dante Marioni.

Reynolds Family Matter- Technique
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes the object Family Matter  by American artist Jill Reynolds.

60 Years- Supporting Living Artists
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In 1959, the Museum curated the landmark exhibition Glass 1959, which was one of the first significant surveys of modern glass. Since then, The Corning Museum of Glass has been committed to introducing new art and design in glass by providing resources, training, and support for artists working in

60 Years- Supporting Living Artists
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In 1959, the Museum curated the landmark exhibition Glass 1959, which was one of the first significant surveys of modern glass. Since then, The Corning Museum of Glass has been committed to introducing new art and design in glass by providing resources, training, and support for artists working in

Behind the Glass: The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany
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Hear the February 13, 2014, lecture from historian and author Paul Doros and the Museum's curator of American glass Kelly Conway about the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Conway will introduce Tiffany's work, highlighting the expansive range of artistic objects created during his

A Conversation Between Rakow Commission Artist Andrew Erdos and Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass
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The artwork of Andrew Erdos, the Museum’s 2013 Rakow Commission artist, is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of social commentary. His over-the-top installations create a situation of sensory overload, which he sees as a reflection of everyday life in urban culture, especially the culture