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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Studio Demonstrations: Jordana Korsen
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Watch Jordana Korsen demonstrate for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing. This class focused on the common problems that arise for students when they have been blowing glass for about a year. The class discussed and worked through examples of glassmaking process that present challenges. Heat and

Studio Demonstrations: Mark Matthews
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Watch Mark Matthews demonstrate for his Graphic and Color Systems in Glass class at The Studio. This class used colored rods, powders, frits, and techniques such as color overlaying and cane making. Students created combinations of graphic patterns and experimented with color schemes. These

Studio Demonstrations: Heather Trimlett
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Watch Heather Trimlett demonstrate for her Beadmaking with an Introduction to Glass Buttons class at The Studio. Students of this class learned to work smarter and more efficiently in order to gain the maximum return on torch time. The class took the mystery out of clear casing, stringer work,

Studio Demonstrations: Suellen Fowler
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Watch Suellen Fowler demonstrate for her class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms, a variety of techniques for creating sculptures in colored borosilicate glass. During the class, Fowler demonstrated cane decoration and patterns, the use of commercial and hand mixed color, and

Studio Demonstration: John Kobuki
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Watch John Kobuki demonstrate for his Studio course, Flower Marbles, the compression technique used to make flowers and  and other deeply encased designs in borosilicate glass. John Kobuki has been working with glass since 1995. He is known for making marbles with the compression technique. Kobuki

Studio Demonstration: Stephanie Sersich
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Watch as Stephanie Sersich demonstrates for her 2013 class, Beadmaking: Jewelry Components, Pendants, Buttons and Beyond, the many different kinds of jewelry components—pendants, buttons, focal, and accent beads—using traditional and nontraditional flameworking techniques.

Studio Demonstration: Feather & Rosenberg
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Watch Beccy Feather and Alex Rosenberg demonstrate for their class, Kill Your Darlings. This furnace working class asked students to consider the difference between 'my process' and 'my practice' and how the act of 'making' influences the ideas behind what artists make

Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini & Simone Crestani
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Watch as Emilio Santini and Simone Crestani demonstrated for their 2013 class, Flameworking for Everybody, various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate and soft glass.

Studio Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his furnace working class, Creating and Using Murrine, a Muranese technique called tociar piere—the roll-up technique.

Studio Demonstration: Ross Richmond
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Watch as Ross Richmond demonstrated for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, the unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing a freedom to explore process, and the potential of the material.

Studio Demonstration: Ethan Stern
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Watch as Ethan Stern demonstrated for his class, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.

Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, Refining and Solidifying Your Technique, in which students who have previously studied with Gudenrath are invited to review and refresh their Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses,

Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin
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Watch Davide Fuin as he demonstrates for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, where he shares his vast knowledge and considerable Venetian-style glassblowing skills.

Studio Demonstration: David Willis
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Watch David Willis demonstrate for his flameworking class, Make What You Like, to help students fabricate in glass anything they can conceive.

Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, on August 21, 2013.

Studio Demonstration: Cesare Toffolo
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Watch as Cesare Toffolo demonstrates for his class, Flameworking in the Venetian Style, the traditional approaches for creating Venetian-style goblets using borosilicate glass and a variety of techniques, including color application, filigree, gold leaf, incalmo, air trapped bubbles, and hot

Studio Demonstration: Tim Drier
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Watch Tim Drier demonstrate for his class, Introduction to Flameworking, how to embark on an evolution through glassmaking, beginning with marbles (single cell), through fungus, aquatics, and small land mammals, ending with the human form.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Janusz Poźniak
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Watch Janusz Poźniak strengthen students' understanding of glassblowing fundamentals for his 2014 class, Blowing Your Mind.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini
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Watch as Emilio Santini demonstratesd for his 2014 class, Flameworking for Everybody, various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate and soft glass.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Giles Bettison
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Watch as Giles Bettison demonstrated for his class, Looking at Patterns and Murrine, how to build patterns using sheet glass to make murrine cane that can be used in vessels, panels and other objects.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Suellen Fowler and Hugh Salkind
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Watch as Suellen Fowler and Hugh Salkind demonstrate for their class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms, how to create sculptures and vessels in colored borosilicate glass.

Seminar Demonstration: Creation of Chevron Beads, from Bubble to Bead
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Watch artists Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney of Heron Glass demonstrate at The Studio during the Annual Seminar on Glass. This demonstration shows the various stages of creating a Chevron bead, from the hot, blown glass component, through the lapidary steps required to finish.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Debbie Tarsitano
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Watch as Debbie Tarsitano demonstrates for her class, Encasing Flamework: Designs Under Glass, which will focus on encasing lampworked elements in clear crystal.

Dan Friday Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as guest artist Dan Friday creates a bear totem out of glass during his Guest Artist Demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final object out of the annealer at 3:27:25. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These

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