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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What’s The Blown Away Residency?
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The Blown Away  prize package includes a residency at The Corning Museum of Glass. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator, and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss the details of the residency and why it’s so special.

Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart: Guest Artists Live Stream
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See Guest Artists Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart create a large, ornate covered goblet on the torch during a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 20 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Flameworkers Guévin and Ginart employ a wide variety of techniques using rod and tubing to create

Laura Donefer: Studio Live Stream
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Note: this is a recording of an event that was live-streamed. When the glass from this demo has cooled in the annealing oven, it will be added to the end of the video in a new upload. Once the new version of this video is available, this live-stream will be taken down. See all uploaded videos at

How Contemporary Artists Find Their Fire at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Corning, New York, is synonymous with glass—and many artists find their way to this small town nestled in the Finger Lakes. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass explains how the Museum supports artists sculpting their own path in contemporary glassmaking.

Getting Started as a Glassblower
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There are many ways to become a glassblower—at art schools, through apprenticeships, or even at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Blown Away resident evaluator Katherine Gray and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass discuss how they got their start blowing glass.

Katherine Gray Talks About Her Personal Work
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Blown Away resident evaluator Katherine Gray is fascinated by how we interact with glass. Joined by Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Katherine discusses her inspirations and her new work, " Iridescent Aura Diptych II," which is one

Wes Fleming & Mike "Fig" Mangiafico Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch two master glass entomologists, Wesley Fleming and Michael "Fig" Mangiafico, teach students in their class how to create their own flameworked insects. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from their class Glass Entomology on June 12, 2019. See the final

Corning’s Current Exhibition: "New Glass Now"
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Blown Away  shines a spotlight on contemporary glass artists. New Glass Now, the current major exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass, showcases what’s happening in glass today. Katherine Gray, Blown Away  resident evaluator, hears about the exhibition from curator, Susie J. Silbert.

Treg Silkwood Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Treg Silkwood create a large driftwood sculpture in his Guest Artist demo from June 6, 2019. See photos of the final piece out of the anneler starting at 1:52:58. Using traditional and nontraditional glassblowing and sculpting techniques, Silkwood demonstrates translating natural forms into

Igor Balbi Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch Igor Balbi 's demo from June 5, 2019, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final piece starting at 58:58. When not teaching at The Studio, Balbi makes colorful, delicate goblets in his Murano workshop. He has perfected his signature flameworking techniques over the last

Contemporary Glass, Right Now
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Contemporary artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of what glass can do. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from  Blown Away, and Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss how art made in glass has evolved over recent decades.

How Experimentation has Shaped Glass
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Over the years, form, technique, and aesthetics have evolved in glass. Katherine Gray, resident evaluator from Blown Away, and Susie J. Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, discuss these shifts and how artists’ experimentation has shaped the work being

Wesley Fleming and Mike Mangiafico: Studio Live Stream
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Watch two master glass entomologists, Wesley Fleming and Mike Mangiafico, teach students in their class how to create their own flameworked insects. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from their class "Glass Entomology" on June 12 at 11 am Eastern. Photo:

Annette Sheppard 2300° Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Annette Sheppard 's live stream demonstration from May's 2300° event. See the final piece out of the annealer starting at 1:40:29. Annette Sheppard first studied glassmaking at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass while earning her BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from

Guest Artist Live Stream: Treg Silkwood
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See Guest Artist Treg Silkwood during a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 6. Using traditional and nontraditional glassblowing and sculpting techniques, Silkwood demonstrated translating natural forms into glass.

Eric Goldschmidt: Museum Gaffer
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Eric Goldschmidt on being an artist: "To develop yourself as an artist you have to develop a relationship with yourself. It allows you to have confidence in how you develop your ideas in preparation to share them with the world." The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of

John Zinner Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist John Zinner in this narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on April 30. Zinner, a flameworker from Lauscha, Germany, creates a new figurative sculpture inspired by mythical creatures and nature. See the final piece starting at 1:57:26. Born into a family with a

Melissa Vandenberg Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch multidisciplinary artist Melissa Vandenberg in this demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on March 14, 2019. A Rockwell Collaborative Guest Artist, Vandenberg's work is part of The Rockwell’s exhibition series, Antigravity: A Space for Contemporary Perspectives. Inspired by relics

Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Not initially called astronomers, they were assistants, or human "computers," or Pickering’s Harem after Edward Pickering, a director of the Harvard Observatory. According to Dava Sobel, writing in The Glass Universe, they were the ladies of the Harvard Observatory who took measure of the

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

Holiday Ornament Tree in 1 minute
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Watch over 2,000 hand-blown glass ornaments come together to create a glittering glass Holiday Ornament Tree in one minute. The Museum's ornament tree is a holiday tradition—the perfect background for an annual holiday photo. You can’t buy the ornaments on these trees, but you can Make Your

The Sunburst Vase by Waterford | The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of glassmaking coming to The Crystal City, Waterford’s Head of Design, Matt Kehoe, designed the Sunburst Vase. Rich in symbolism, each element of the vase was designed with intention. The exquisite cut sunburst represents the many days of hard work and dedication

Conservation Live Stream: Glass from a Conservator's Perspective
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**Now with improved audio—thanks for your patience as we fixed this one!** In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator;  Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator; and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share the issues and concerns that conservators keep

Meet the 2018 Rakow Commission Artist Rui Sasaki | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Hear from Japanese artist and educator Rui Sasaki as she unveils for the first time her 2018 Rakow Commission installation. The Rakow Commission is awarded annually to up-and-coming and established artists whose work is not yet represented in the Museum’s collection. Deprived of sunshine in one of

Miles Parker Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Marble maker and flameworker Miles Parker shares how to create whole worlds in tiny glass spheres using a variety of techniques. Get an insider’s view during this February 13 live stream from his class Borosilicate Marbles. See the final work starting at 32:41. When not teaching at The Studio,

Rui Sasaki, 33rd Rakow Commission Recipient
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Hear from artist Rui Sasaki about her work Liquid Sunshine/I am a Pluviophile, the 33rd Rakow Commission. Sasaki's recent works address the weather, drawing viewers’ attention to the subtle qualities of sunshine and rain and the emotional states they provoke. Liquid Sunshine/I am a Pluviophile

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

Eric Meek & Jeff Mack Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (February 2019)
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With a focus on traditional Venetian glassmaking styles, glassmakers Eric Meek and Jeff Mack teach various Venetian cane techniques and how to create multi-part vessels. Watch this February 6 live stream from their class Cane & Cups. See a photo of the final piece starting at 1:02:10. When not

How to Pack Glass Q&A Live Stream
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Have you ever wondered how to pack glass so that it doesn't break in storage or during shipping? In this live Q&A session, watch as a panel of Museum experts share how to pack glass safely and answer questions from viewers. The Museum's three new videos about packing glass are

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

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