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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Fred Kahl Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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A pioneer in three-dimensional digital design, artist Fred Kahl is teaching students in his class how to create reusable graphite molds for glass casting. Get an insider’s view into the process during this live stream from the class Design, Carve, Pour on January 9. See the final piece starting at

David Sandidge Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as flameworker David Sandidge brings his fanciful glass figures to life during this demonstraton on January 11, 2019. See the final work starting at 1:56:20. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended

Penelope Rakov Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Artist Penelope Rakov was recently an artist-in-residence at The Studio where she focused on making murrine. Now as an instructor at The Studio, Rakov taught her students how to create different styles of murrine and how colors work together. Watch this January 23 live stream from the class Maximum

Tumblers, part 2
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki continues his discussion on tumblers and presents a demonstration including how to stretch the form, adjust pressure, straighten, thin and open the lips, and match heights to create a set. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at

Tumblers, part 1
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses creating tumblers by working thinner, the turning speed, temperature and heat, color overlays, even stretching. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Turning
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses turning basics including adjusting the speed of the turn and turning styles for different situations. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Vienna 1900, The Heart of Modernity | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Vienna in 1900 was at the heart of European modernity as a unique set of circumstances gave rise to a new and modern life there. Watch Janis Staggs, director of curatorial and manager of publications at the Neue Galerie in New York, explore this rich period in history. This Behind the Glass lecture

December 2300° Guest Artist Demo featuring Todd Ortega, Nikolai Morse, Jason Howard & Scott Griffin
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Happy Holidays from The Corning Museum of Glass! Watch the demo from the December 2018 2300° event featuring Todd Ortega, Nikolai Morse, Jason Howard, and Scott Griffin. In this demo, they construct a glass holiday tree with ornaments. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists

Conservation Live Stream: Glass from a Conservator's Perspective
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In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator, Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator, and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share the issues and concerns that conservators keep an eye out for when managing a collection of glass objects that spans from

Practical Applications of Tension in Glass
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"Annealed glass," "safety glass," "tempered glass"... Confused? Learn the differences through these Glass Breaking Demos.

Glass Ribbon Machine
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Watch one of the world's fastest machines in action. After Thomas Edison developed a practical and durable light bulb filament in 1879, it took time for this technology to take hold, in part because it required a new product: glass envelopes to surround the filament. When Edison first

Bridging Glass Art and Science | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Dr. Jane Cook moved four years ago from the anonymity of a bench scientist in Corning Inc.’s research laboratory to become a sought-after lecturer, consultant, teacher, and advisor to artists, curators, educators, and the public, at The Corning Museum of Glass and around the world. In this Behind

2300°
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At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting—and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Check out this event every third Thursday from November to March. Learn more at https://www.cmog.org/2300

Group Tours at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Why should you bring your group to The Corning Museum of Glass? In addition to showcasing 35 centuries of glass art and history, The Corning Museum of Glass is home to a world-class demonstration space, a stunning Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and guests can even try glassmaking themselves. With

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Oct 19, 2018)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in The Studio on October 19, 2018. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka. See the final birds at 13:09, 42:40, and 1:45:35. The

Aaron Jack & Anna Knoll Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch live as Aaron Jack collaborates with glass cutter Anna Knoll in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Together they will create a one-of-a-kind piece that will incorporate both of their artistic styles.

McElheny Untitled (White)
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object Untitled (White)  by American artist Josiah McElhany. Josiah McElheny is an accomplished glassblower who creates installations inspired by art or glass history, often using a specific historical or literary anecdote as a point of departure. His

Optic Molding
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This technique was invented by Roman glassworkers. It was indispensable in glasshouses of the Middle Ages and flourished in Venice. Also known as dip molding, it remains popular today.

Gladiator Cup with Handles
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The Chavagnes gladiator cup, made in the mid-first century A.D., was found in eastern France, and it is now part of the CMoG collection. It shows pairs of gladiators in combat, and some of their names are known from literary and epigraphic sources. This sports cup, blown in a mold with two vertical

2011 GlassFest FlameOff: Recap with Paul Stankard
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GlassFest Flameoff 2011 Recap: World-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard and World Glass store owner Josh Powers (Corning, N.Y.), reflect on their journey to  create the 2011 GlassFest FlameOff. The FlameOff showcases several artists from around the world that demonstrate their talents using a

2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference
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Hope to see you in Corning, New York, "America's Crystal City," for the 2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference.

Nacho Carbonell: 2011 GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum
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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. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the wonders of Venetian glass were well known

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 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit is ladled into a mold made of sand. The process is relatively easy as hot glassworking processes go... but hot!

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.

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