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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Jeff Zimmerman & James Mongrain Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artists Jeff Zimmerman and James Mongrain work together to create one of the largest blown glass sculptures ever created in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Zimmerman’s work exploits the pushing, pulling, dripping, and spinning actions that glass goes through as it takes shape, resulting in

Austin Stern Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Austin Stern 's live stream demonstration from the March 21 2300° event. See the final piece out of the annealer starting at 2:01:08. Living and working in Seattle, Stern is inspired by the patterns found in nature and the world of fashion, as well as the playful nature of cartoons and

Mark Matthews Guest Artist Demonstration (February 2019)
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Watch Mark Matthews ' live demo from February's Marvelous Marble Day event. See the final marble out of the annealer starting at 1:19:57. Inspired by the rich, 5,000-year-old history of glass, Matthews works in a small studio exploring all the ways radically different designs and

Jason Christian Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Jason Christian's demo from the February 2019 2300° event where he makes a "bumpershoot" parasol out of glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations

Megan Stelljes Guest Artist Demonstration at 2300°
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Get ready to warm things up with Guest Artist Megan Stelljes in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during January's 2300°. In this demo, Stelljes creates a wine barrel with grapes to compliment the evening's wine tasting theme. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:40:51. Stelljes

David Sandidge Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as flameworker David Sandidge brings his fanciful glass figures to life during this demonstraton on January 11, 2019. See the final work starting at 1:56:20. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Oct 19, 2018)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in The Studio on October 19, 2018. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka. See the final birds at 13:09, 42:40, and 1:45:35. The

Aaron Jack & Anna Knoll Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch live as Aaron Jack collaborates with glass cutter Anna Knoll in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Together they will create a one-of-a-kind piece that will incorporate both of their artistic styles.

Darin Denison Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Seattle-based glass powerhouse Darin Denison demo in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 30, 2018. See the final piece out of the anneler at 1:54:46. Originally from New York, Darin Denison has called Seattle home for 22 years. For the last 19 years, he has been blowing glass with many

Catherine Labonté Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Catherine Labonté unveils her new, never-before-seen glass animal — a rabbit — during this Guest Artist demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on September 1, 2018. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:59:10. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting

Aaron Jack & Anna Knoll Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Aaron Jack collaborates with glass cutter Anna Knoll in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 23, 2018. Together they create a one-of-a-kind piece that incorporates both of their artistic styles. See the final piece starting at 1:23:27. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting

Jen Violette Guest Artist Demonstration (August 9, 2018)
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Watch Jen Violette craft a large cactus out of glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final piece starting at 2:29:14. Violette began creating in early childhood, inspired by her grandparents who were studio artists themselves. Now she lives on a small farm in Vermont and is inspired by the

Martin Janecky Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Guest Artist Martin Janecky sculpts a hand and forearm in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 16, 2018. See the final piece starting at 1:59:48. Janecky began his career with glass at the age of 13 and later explored sculpting methods in the Czech Republic. By the time he was 20, he was

The Guest Artist Series
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The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. The Museum's own Hot Glass Demo Team

Christa Westbrook Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Christa Westbrook create a large colorful vessel in this Guest Artist demo. See the final piece starting at 1:27:55. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Guest Artist Demonstration (July 19, 2018)
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Watch Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck collaborate to create a large wrapped glass bowl. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:29:14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Micke Johansson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Micke Johansson demonstrate his unique style of glassworking in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during his demonstration on July 12, 2018. See the final piece out of the annealer at 1:53:40. Micke Johansson is a master glassblower and designer from Sweden. When he was 16 years old,

Guest Artist Demonstration: Bertil Vallien
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Renowned artist Bertil Vallien demonstrates the art of sandcasting in the Amphitheater Hot Shop using found pieces from The Studio. Vallien gave a lecture on the technique of sandcasting, a process that he is largely responsible for developing, at the Museum on April 20, 2015. Vallien is the most

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

Guest Artist Demonstration: Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck
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Collaborative partners Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck are known for their intricate and beautifully formed goblets. Together, they own and operate Vetro Vero glassblowing and design studio in Pennsylvania. Watch their Guest Artist Demonstration live from the Amphitheater Hot Shop.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Pablo Soto
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Watch guest artist Pablo Soto in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. After falling in love with glass while watching Lino Tagliapietra work, Pablo Soto went on to receive his BFA in glass from Alfred University. He has taught all over the United States from Pilchuck to

Guest Artist Demonstration: Eric Meek
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Watch Eric Meek make a "plaidicello" platter in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Eric Meek, Hot Glass Programs Manager at the Museum, got his start in glassblowing at Bowling Green State University. After receiving an MFA from Kent State University, he taught glassmaking in Austria for six

Guest Artist Demonstration: Mel Douglas
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In this demo, Nancy Callan makes a large vessel designed by Guest Artist Mel Douglas, who plans to complete the piece by cold-working in her signature style. Highly regarded for her mastery of the craft, Douglas' delicate, subtle work comes from the slow and considered process of engraved mark

Eusheen Goines Guest Artist Demonstration
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The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. Our own Hot Glass Demo Team assists and

Nisha Bansil Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Nisha Bansil collaborate with musician Simon Bjarning for this can’t-miss performance at the December 2300° event, which featured a flame-dancing Rubens’ tube and blown glass with patterns generated by sound. See the first piece made out of the annealer at 1:10:56 and the second

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Sept 28, 2017)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka.

Rob Stern Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artist Rob Stern create a large vase out of leaf shapes in this live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from August 17, 2017.

Davide Salvadore Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch guest artist Davide Salvadore in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from August 10, 2017. See the final piece at 1:47:24.

Helen Tegeler Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch live as Helen Tegeler, a member of the Hot Glass and Celebrity Cruise Ship Demo teams, demonstrates her talent as an artist.

Pavlína Čambalová Guest Artist Demonstration
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Pavlína Čambalová partners with gaffer George Kennard to make a blown glass vessel featuring one of her engraved glass designs.

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