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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Spiral Thread and Handle on Roman Bottle
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Decoration in glassblowing at the furnace doesn't get more basic than this. Although it looks easy, glassblowing students struggle for weeks with every step forward!

Hand Sanding Glass
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Everyone knows that wood can be sanded to change its finish; surprisingly, so can glass. Specialized grinding blocks coated with industrial diamonds are best, but regular sandpaper works too.

(No Sound) Medieval Glass: Making a multi-sided beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a multi-sided beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a prunted beaker
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This video shows the technique of making a prunted beaker, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Emilio Santini- Artist's Choice Tour
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Emilio Santini speaks about his favorite Livio Seguso pieces within the Voices of Contemporary Glass exhibit at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Coloring Glass
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Learn about how glass is colored with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Colored glass is made by adding small amounts of metal oxides to the batch.

Ice Glass
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A spectacular demonstration unique to glassblowing, ice glass was widely popular in Low Country cities like Amsterdam during the 17th century. Did the abundant canals of Amsterdam and of Venice, where the process was invented, inspire this watery idea?

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries
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East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries at The Corning Museum of Glass November 18, 2010- October 30, 2011, explored the cultural exchanges of glassmaking between the East and West and documents stylistic developments in Western Europe and East

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a cage foot
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This video shows the technique of making a cage foot, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Making a Goblet from Parts
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It doesn't get more complicated than this! Here is the Renaissance Venetian way of making an ornate dragon-stemmed goblet. Pre-made parts are attached using small bits of molten glass as "glue."

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a 14th/15th century bottle
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This video shows the technique of making a 14th/15th century bottle, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Heat Sensitive Glass
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Glass that gradually shades from one color to another has ingredients such as uranium and gold, which are sensitive to heat. When part of the object is reheated, it "strikes" or changes color. Heat-sensitive glass became very popular in the late 19th century. Many companies used heat

Twist Glass
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In the 1930s, the Pairpoint Glass Corporation introduced a bold new design called "twist glass," consisting of swirled stripes of ruby or deep blue glass and clear crystal. The complicated technique, already used in Sweden, required many stages including cold working. Watch as William

Sicilian Glass
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In the second half of the 19th century, many glass firms used experimental techniques to create decorative art glass. In 1878, the Mt. Washington glass company introduced Sicilian glass. As part of their marketing, the company claimed to have used lava, that is, molten rock spewed out by volcanoes,

Reticello
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the Reticello technique. Reticello (Italian, "glass with a small network"), is a type of blown glass made with canes organized in a crisscross pattern to form a fine net, which may contain tiny air traps.

Lifebuoy decanter
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Glassworkers made ring-shaped decanters as early as the Roman period. Due to their novel shape, much like buoys, the personal flotation devices carried on ships, decanters in the early 20th century were called "lifebuoy decanters." Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the technique.

Bubble Ball Paperweight
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Glass makers throughout history have gone to great lengths to eliminate all bubbles from glass. But here, we see bubbles purposefully put into the glass for their decorative effect. In this paperweight, the bubbles surround another gather of glass with twisted canes of colored glass. Watch as

Artist-in-Residence: Min Jeong Song (October 2011)
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"I want the viewer to expereince the process of blurring boundaries between cultures by looking at my work." Min Jeong Song studies ornamental styles across time periods and geography, and her work explores how certain attributes of glass can be used to create ambivalent objects: objects

Christopher Lydon at March 2012 2300°
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Philadelphia-based artist Christopher Lydon makes organically inspired sculptural and vessel forms as well as works with intense color contrasts that reference street art and anime. At 2300°: Blues in March 2012, he made a glass guitar modeled on BB King's signature guitar, Lucille.

Anne Gant at 2300°: Fire and Wine (January 19, 2012)
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Anne Gant is one of the few glass artists to work on paper. Watch as she uses hot glass to make prints and drawings in a fascinating combination of glassblowing and printing or drawing with glass. First, two glassmakers sculpt hot glass into shapes and lines. While the glass is still scorching hot

Artist-in-Residence: Mathieu Grodet
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Mathieu Grodet is a French-born artist living and working in Canada. He creates thin and elegant glass objects in classic Venetian style, engraved with imagery that addresses modern-day ideas and issues. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Grodet used the Museum's Rakow Library to

Artist-in-Residence: Norwood Viviano
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Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. During his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Viviano created urban and industrial landscapes out of kiln-cast glass as an extension of his previous

Tim Dubitsky at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Tim Dubitsky at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Harry Allen and The Waffle Project
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Industrial designer Harry Allen came to The Corning Museum of Glass to work on ideas for his line of objects cast from real life. In this session at the Museum, Allen made prototypes of glass waffles cast in new and antique waffle irons.

Tobias Wong at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Tobias Wong at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Massimo Vignelli at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Massimo Vignelli at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Gayla Lee: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Gayla Lee was first entranced by glass at the age of 8 when she encountered a glassblower at a Renaissance festival. Her fascination with the material eventually led her to an apprenticeship in a Baltimore glass studio at the age of 20. Lee took Davide Salvadore's class, Creating and Using

GlassLab Design Session: Wendell Castle
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Designer Wendell Castle describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 19- 20, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Sigi Moeslinger & Masamichi Udagawa
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Designers Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 26- 27, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Dan Ipp & Tom Zogas
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RIT Metaproject students Dan Ipp and Tom Zogas describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 3- 4, 2012.

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