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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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

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

Anne Vibeke Mou | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Hear from Anne Vibeke Mou about her time as an artist-in-residence at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass where she experimented with creating new glass formulas using ancient fossils, inspired by waldglas. Originally from Denmark, artist and engraver Anne Vibeke Mou has been studying and

Bill Anderson: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Bill Anderson reminisces about growing up in the area, his father's employment as a gaffer at Corning Glass Works, his own employment, and the flood of 1972.‎ Filmed September 2011. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass industry

Foam Cavity Packing Glass for Shipping
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Watch step-by-step instructions from the experts at The Corning Museum of Glass on how to pack glass for shipping using the foam cavity method. Download the Tools & Materials Source List. This video is second in a series of three. Watch more on how to pack glass for shipping: Soft Packing/Box

Soft Packing Glass for Shipping/Box-Within-a-Box
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Watch step-by-step instructions on how to pack glass for shipping using the soft packing or box-within-a-box method from the experts at The Corning Museum of Glass. Download the Tools & Materials Source List. This video is first in a series of three. Watch more on how to pack glass for shipping

Specialty & Custom Packing Glass for Shipping
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Watch examples of how to pack glass for shipping using custom methods unique to the object from the experts at The Corning Museum of Glass. Download the Tools & Materials Source List. This video is the last in a series of three. Watch more on how to pack glass for shipping: Soft Packing/Box

Manny Quinnones: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Manny Quinnones talks about his fascination with glass after a school trip to Vitrix, a glass blowing studio in Corning, NY. He worked for local glass studios before becoming employed by Corning Incorporated and then Steuben Glass. Filmed August 2010. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation

Max Erlacher: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Roland "Max" Erlacher, is a master glass engraver and Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass. In 1957, Max Erlacher accepted a job with Steuben Glass in Corning, NY, as a master engraver. He worked in this capacity for 20 years and upon leaving, operated his own business on Market Street

Robert Cassetti: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Robert Cassetti worked for Steuben Glass as a designer for more than 10 years and was named design director in 2002. He discusses his path into glass design and his career with Steuben Glass. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people

Lynn LaBarr: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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LaBarr trained and worked at A-factory. He described how he was trained (practicing on breaks with help from a mentor), and worked with a German system shop (consisting of 9 workers) with union rules and seniority. He blew Pyrex into molds and substituted on a pressing machine. He moved to Steuben

Nick Williams: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Nick Williams talks about his career at The Corning Museum of Glass, where he began in 1973, working on flood recovery for the Museum's library, later transitioning into photography, assisting Ray Errett, the Museum's conservator and photographer.‎ Filmed August 2015. The Rakow Research

Heath Rutledge: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Heath Rutledge was employed by Corning from 1960 to his retirement in 1995. He discusses his family life, the 1972 flood, and the role of Corning Inc. in the community.‎ Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass

Robert Kosty: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Bob Kosty talks about his various jobs at Corning Glass Works, including his work in the machine shop following the flood of 1972. Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass industry and glass arts.

Tom Dimitroff (2012): Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Tom Dimitroff discusses his career as a teacher, his roles as Corning-area historian and glass researcher. He has authored several books regarding Corning and Carder Steuben glass. He shares stories about labor unions in Corning Inc., the Ravenna train wreck and monument and the flood of 1972 in

Louise & Joe Maio: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Joe and Louise Maio (husband and wife) discuss their employment at the Corning Museum of Glass, the changes they've seen in their 40 years of employment at the Museum, and the flood of 1972. Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people

Clyde Rathmann: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Clyde Rathmann reflects on his employment at Corning Glass Works and discusses his involvement and the challenges in producing an 84-inch telescope mirror for an astrophysicist named Aden Meinel. The lens was installed in Kitt Peak, Arizona. Other projects he discusses include his work with the

Stephen Shaw: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Stephen Shaw reminisces on his experience, beginning at the age of 18 and working his way up through the ranks of Corning Glass Works to Steuben, and then research and development, eventually leaving and working 19 years for Owens-Illinois before retiring. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research

David Anderson: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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David Anderson describes processes, glass tanks (furnaces), and products, including flat glass (World Trade Center cladding); photochromic glass; Steuben; Ford CERCOR engines; spinning hemispheres; and more. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the

Karen LaMonte | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Working in the Czech Republic, Karen LaMonte casts life-size glass figures using the lost-wax method to create a detailed mold of a carefully chosen dress. “You read aspects of character by the way a person dresses. I started thinking of the human body and its relationship to clothing as a dialogue

Josh Ries Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Applying contemporary styles to traditional glassblowing techniques, artist Josh Ries taught students in his class how to add colors and decorative techniques to add interest to their glass. Watch this January 30 live stream from the class Next Steps: Building On & Refining Your Foundation. See

Aaron Pexa | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Aaron Pexa's work spans multiple mediums, from video and installation to sculpture and performance, and his goal is always to create a sense of bewilderment. He takes everyday environments and subverts them by introducing new artifacts and narratives that stimulate wonder and “bring people out

Vasenpokal | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the vessel being made in a sequence of steps, one of which includes the use of a full-size blow-mold. The manufacturing process for the lid is then shown. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath. Between about

Turquoise Pot | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video begins with the making of the different canes and bands required. After these elements are rolled up on the end of a blowpipe, the open-ended cylinder is lined with colorless glass using the sbruffo method. Glassblowing is then employed to make the vessel. The handle is fashioned from

Swedish Covered Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows, first, the four elements of the goblet and a fifth element for the finial of the lid being made and placed in an oven. Next, the assembly process begins. After the foot element has been attached to a pontil, the other parts are added and adhered together using small amounts of

Verzelini Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the three parts—bowl, stem, and foot—attached directly from above without the use of mereses, which are more conventionally employed. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath Between about 1500 and 1725, Venice

Openwork Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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In this video, first the bowl or cup is blown of colorless glass. Next, a series of solid and hollow elements are stacked, interrupted by three straps that create an open-work structure. Tiny raspberry prunts are added, and then a blown foot is attached. Finally, the rim is created while the vessel

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