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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Fern Green Tower (511)
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511 Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) United States, Seattle, Washington 2000 Blown glass; steel structure H: 335.3 cm; W: 228.6 cm (2000.4.6) Dale Chihuly is a celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of studio glass is unmatched. From the beginning of his

Mark Matthews Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as sphere expert Mark Matthews creates a blue marble with cane decoration as his Guest Artist demonstration for Marvelous Marble Day. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 2:03:47. Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere. The sphere,

Ben Edols Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Ben Edols creates a large vessel with cane decoration and cherry-red dots in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final object out of the annealer at 1:36:01. After earning his postgraduate diploma from the Canberra School of Art in 1992, Edols traveled across and worked extensively in the

Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Bill Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final objects out of the annealer starting at 1:10:23. Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on

Kim Fields Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Kim Fields constructs a red poppy in soft glass at the torch for her class, Nature in Glass: Sculptural Bead Techniques in Soft Glass, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Fields is a well-known contemporary glass artist recognized for her sculptural birds, butterflies and three

Libenský Installation- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Meteor, Flower, Bird by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Libenský and Brychtová convey three messages with this sculpture: Meteor, on the left, represents Corning as an international center for the study of glass; the flower, in the

Anna Mlasowsky | Behind the Glass
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Anna Mlasowsky focuses her curiosity on studying the traditions and habits of glassmaking. “The way we evaluate a material and use its properties is defined by preconceived opinions and boundaries set by traditions,” said Mlasowsky. Her work seeks to challenge pre-formed behaviors and raise

Giles Bettison Live-Stream Studio Demo
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Watch as Giles Bettison demonstrates for his class, Looking at Patterns and Murrine, the relationships among form, pattern, and color using sheet glass to make murrine canes that can then be used to make vessels, panels, and other objects.

Claire Kelly Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Claire Kelly demonstrated making a blown glass elephant for her class, Raising Cane. Emphasis was placed on proper glassblowing skills such as gathering, blocking, and marvering in order to establish a solid foundation on which to build cane technique.

Elinor Portnoy | Artist-in-Residence
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The way I usually go is to follow my curiosity. If I'm curious about a material and I'm wondering how it will behave, the curiosity is strong and I want to test things out. Elinor Portnoy ’s work examines the fluidness of material. She designs processes that demonstrate the natural

Robin & Julia Rogers Guest Artist Demonstration
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The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. Our own Hot Glass Demo Team assists and

Eusheen Goines Guest Artist Demonstration
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The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. Our own Hot Glass Demo Team assists and

Eusheen Goines Live-streamed Studio Demo
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Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally-renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace sculpting to flameworking to any other variety of glassblowing techniques. Watch as Eusheen Goines demonstrates how to create a fillacello pendant for his class at

Live from the Conservation Lab
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Take a tour of the Museum's Conservation Lab with Chief Conservator Stephen Koob, Associate Conservator Astrid van Giffen, and Assistant Conservator Lianne Uesato. Explore the tools they use and learn about their individual backgrounds as they answer questions about conserving glass objects.

Fragile Legacy
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From their first commission for glass marine invertebrate models in 1863, to their later production of glass flowers for Harvard University’s well-known Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Leopold Blaschka (1822 – 1895) and his son Rudolf (1857 – 1939) masterfully captured in glass

Perfume Bottles: From Design Table to Dressing Table
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Since ancient times, perfume bottles have served to contain the most subtle of mysteries: delightful, seductive scents. Before glassblowing, ancient Egyptian artisans fashioned exquisite containers from alabaster, metals, precious stones, and core-formed glass to hold their highly valued perfumes.

Weathered Archaeological Glass
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Glass is found at archaeological excavations in a variety of conditions. The glass condition can range from pristine, where no deterioration is visible, to so heavily degraded that practically all the glass has been transformed into corrosion products. The deterioration of the glass surface is

Jim Mongrain Guest Artist Demonstration
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Kick off 2018 in a big way and watch Guest Artist Jim Mongrain in this live, narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop from January 14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Dragon-stem Goblet
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A dragon-stem goblet has many parts, including a bowl, a foot, and a dragon. Dip molding is used to create the dragon, and the parts are attached with glue bits. This goblet has pincered bits, a merese, an avolio, wings, and eyes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

Introducing GlassBarge
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In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning, via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of this pivotal journey, CMoG will launch GlassBarge—a canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric

CMOG in 2 Minutes
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Find a wing for 35 centuries of glass art and history, a floor dedicated to glass science and innovation, an all-new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and the largest hot glass demonstrations space in the world: there is more to see and do at The Corning Museum of Glass than ever before. Poster image

Lens Making in the 1600s
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Three centuries ago, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made hundreds of simple microscopes. He experimented with at least three methods to make their tiny lenses but kept his techniques secret. Based on scholarly research, this video made by The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how van Leeuwenhoek might

Jim Mongrain Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jim Mongrain demonstrates how to develop contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking for his class at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for

3. Gräser.
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Blaschka, Leopold, 1822-1895. Blaschka, Rudolf, 1857-1939. 112081 Gräser Referred to as: Herbarium 1883-1889. 1 portfolio; 38 cm. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka Archive, Box 27 Cover title. This item is in the Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka collection Apparently this was a 3rd volume of a set. Pages

Live-Streamed Studio Demo: James Mongrain (Sept 2, 2015)
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Watch as James Mongrain demonstrates for his class, Goblets: Form and Function, which focused on developing contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking. See a photo of the finished pieces.

Artist-in-Residence: Nisha Bansil
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Nisha Bansil’s work is an exploration of pattern, form, and structure. Living in the woods, she is inspired by observations made in her environment, such as light and shadow in the trees and plants, decay and growth in the life cycles on the forest floor, and the progress of time in the geology of

Nisha Bansil Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Nisha Bansil collaborate with musician Simon Bjarning for this can’t-miss performance at the December 2300° event, which featured a flame-dancing Rubens’ tube and blown glass with patterns generated by sound. See the first piece made out of the annealer at 1:10:56 and the second

A Mold-Blown Bottle from the Workshop of Titianus Hyacinthus
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This note describes and illustrates a mold-blown square bottle with an inscription on the base. 1 Description The bottle (Fig. 1) is 18.9 centimeters high and is made of transparent bluish green glass. The body was blown in a mold with four vertical sections and a separate baseplate. The object is

The Flood of 1972
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A sign in the Museum’s Admissions Lobby features a red line and the words “High Water Level, June 23, 1972.” This simple label fascinates visitors, but only hints at the devastating story behind it. The marker doesn’t convey that the flood caught the region largely unaware in the early hours of

Prince Rupert's Drop and Glass Stress
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Theoretically, because of the nature of its atomic bonds, glass should be about five times as strong as steel. However, glass tends to have less strength than theory would suggest. One of the main reasons for its loss of strength is surface and internal stress. If glass is cooled too rapidly, high

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