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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Meet the Artist: Steven I. Weinberg and Joel Philip Myers
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Corning Museum of Glass, November 1, 2007 Tina Oldknow: Hi. I’m Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. On November 2, 2007, we opened Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg, the first in a series of exhibitions highlighting the works of

Meet the Artist: Lino Tagliapietra
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Corning Museum of Glass, May 15, 2007 Hello, I’m Tina Oldknow, the Corning Museum’s Curator of Modern Glass. I welcome you to the second of our series of conversations with artists who have made a significant impact on contemporary glass in America and abroad. TINA: Lino, thank you so much for

Mythological Beakers: A Re-examination
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In 1972, Gladys Davidson Weinberg published a study of 24 vessels and fragments of a type of first-century A.D. mold-blown glass known as a mythological beaker. 1 While subsequent publications have included individual beakers and fragments, they have not been surveyed again as a group, 2 and they

Josh Simpson's 100-Pound Megaplanet
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In April 2005, The Corning Museum of Glass commissioned the artist Josh Simpson to create the world's first 100-pound glass paperweight, which will be part of Simpson's series of solid glass spheres he calls "planets" or " Megaplanets." It will be the 1,000th

Behind the Glass Lecture: Albert Paley
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American sculptor Albert Paley is best known for his large-scale works in metal, and was selected as the first artist to participate in the Specialty Glass Artist Residency Program, a collaboration between The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Hear Paley speak of his residency work,

The Corning Ewer: A Masterpiece of Islamic Cameo Glass
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The Corning Ewer (Figs. 1-5) is the finest known example of Islamic cameo glass. Shown in London in the 1976 exhibition "The Arts of Islam” 1 the ewer was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1985. 2 This article describes the object and compares it with other Islamic cameo glasses, with

Master Class 1: Cane Working with Lino Tagliapietra (DVD preview)
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Viewers follow the celebrated glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra as he makes canes(delicately patterned rods of glass) and uses them to decorate one of his intricate blown vessels at The Studio. Along the way, he notes the importance of the gather in cane-pulling, offers some observations on the state of

Chalcedony Glass
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How does chalcedony glass react when it is melted and blown? This video supplies the answer. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

Harmony of Fusion: Specialty Glass Resident Albert Paley
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Albert Paley is the first artist to participate in the Specialty Glass Residency, a collaboration of The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Hear from Paley about his experience. In this residency, Paley, who is best known for his large-scale works in metal, is working with Corning

Goblet made from Three Bubbles
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Three bubbles are attached to one another to create this goblet. The first bubble makes the bowl, the second creates the knop, and the third produces the foot. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry

Three-bubble Cup with Pineapple Dip Molding
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The bowl of this three-part goblet is made by using a pineapple dip mold. The object also includes a merese, a knop, and a foot. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Goblet Making on the Blowpipe
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A goblet—bowl, foot, and stem—is made on the blowpipe in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath https://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/comparative-table-differences-betwe... The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Artist-in-Residence: Justin Ginsberg
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With a material as fragile and unpredictable as glass, artists need to be flexible—and it’s exactly that flexibility that intrigues Justin Ginsberg. A visual artist, Ginsberg investigates the “unusual properties” of glass, and its “extraordinary ability to flex and bend when made very thin.” His

Artist-in-Residence: Yuka Otani
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You might not look at glass and candy and think they have similar properties, but Yuka Otani does. “Those two materials share many characteristics,” she says. “But what if they are made into a unified object?” During her artist residency at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Otani created a

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Lucio Bubacco
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. Most recently, he visited Murano, Italy, where he talked with artist Lucio Bubacco. The

Specialty Glass Residency with Albert Paley
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Albert Paley is the first artist selected to participate in a new Specialty Glass Residency program offered by The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. Read the blog post:  Specialty Glass Residency: New Materials Open Up New Possibilities.

Murrine Use
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Once murrine canes are cut into thin slices, they can be fused and slumped, flameworked, or blown. Here, murrine canes are used in demonstrations of a Roman period process and a Renaissance Venetian process.

Ladle Casting
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Molten glass can be cast by a method virtually identical to that used for casting metal. Here, molten glass at 2300 degrees Fahrenheit is ladled into a mold made of sand. The process is relatively easy as hot glassworking processes go...but hot!

Master Class 2: Introduction to Venetian Techniques with William Gudenrath
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William Gudenrath, resident advisor of The Studio, provides instruction in the basics of Venetian glassblowing and creates his own Venetian-inspired glass pieces. The portrait of the artist focuses on his passion for glassblowing, teaching and music. Master Class Series, Vol. II: Introduction to

Cutting Glass
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Cutting thin sheet glass is almost as easy as it looks in this video clip...but not quite! Curves really are much trickier than straight lines. The process shown would have been completely familiar to medieval window glaziers.

Flameworked Beads
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Flameworking (sometimes called "lampworking") is the process of directing a flame onto a piece of glass in order to create form or decoration. Beads were likely among the first glass objects to be made by flameworking.

Flameworking Glass Sculptures
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Learn about flameworking with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Flameworking is the technique of taking glass rods or tubes and heating them in a concentrated flame until they become soft.

Chunk Casting
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Chunks of glass are placed in a mold, then heated in a kiln until the glass softens and flows downward to gradually fill the mold. Popular with contemporary artists, this method avoids the need for a giant melting furnace filled with molten glass.

Coloring Objects
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Five different methods of using colored glass are demonstrated; some produce a uniformly colored object, others a splotchy or mottled effect. Glass artists today use whatever method best suits their aesthetic choices.

Bowl with Roman Foot and Folded Edge
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Roman glassworkers, tirelessly creative and inventive, were fond of folding and manipulating inflated glass in a variety of ways for different purposes. Two of their characteristic structures—both functional and beautiful—are demonstrated.

Master Class 7: Beadmaking with Kristina Logan (excerpt)
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned, delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create jewelry and functional objects. In the Master Class video, Logan demonstrates her process of beadmaking at the torch, finishing the glass by cold-working, and

Cameo Glass
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Discover the history of Roman cameo glass, and lean how it is made, with experts at the Corning Museum of Glass. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Glass Jug inside of a Jug
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Watch experts at the Corning Museum of Glass recreate one of the stranger glass pieces made in Roman times- a jug inside of another, larger jug! This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Pâte de Verre
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This is another casting technique that—like glassblowing—only works with glass. Whereas glassblowing was invented about 50 BC, pâte de verre is a process invented in France in the 19th century. It allows subtle gradations of color, possible with no other glassworking process.

Flameworked Vessels
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Beginning in the 1800s, glassworkers used flameworking to make vessels considerably larger than previously possible. Bigger and more sophisticated torches allowed the increase in scale, while retaining the flameworker's ability to create minute details.

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