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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The Corning Ewer Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to create the Corning Ewer, one of the finest pieces of cut glass in the entire Museum! The eggshell-thin colorless glass was covered with a green overlay. After cooling, the green was partly carved away to create the decoration.

Wright Playhouse Window- Family
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this window for the "Playhouse," a kindergarten with a stage, at the Coonley Residence in Riverside, Illinois. The design, with its flag and colorful balloons, was inspired by parades. Clara S. Peck Endowment Purchase.

Uncut Crown of Glass (Family App)
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One traditional way of making flat glass was to open a bubble of molten glass as if to make a bowl. Using centrifugal force, the glassblower would spin the heated bowl and it would open into a flat disk.

Beaded Basket (Family App)
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Beadwork like this was popular in 17th-century England. A wire frame was formed and decorated with thousands of seed beads.

Cup with Gladiators (Family Tour)
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Much like today, sports fans throughout history have enjoyed drinking from cups decorated with pictures of their heroes. This cup is decorated with pictures of famous gladiators.

Egyptian Inlay- Family
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Many pieces go together to make this portrait of an ancient Egyptian. Every piece is glass, except one. Can you tell which piece is not made of glass?

Modern Glass- Family
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Learn about the ways that glass artists have used artistic expression in the Museum's Modern Glass Gallery.

Core Formed Vase Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique of making a core-formed vessel. Ancient glassmakers discovered a technique called core forming. A core was formed from dung and clay, then dried. The core was covered with glass. After cooling, the core was scraped out. The bottles

Core Formed Vase- Family
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Ancient glassmakers discovered a technique called core forming. A core was formed from dung and clay, then dried. The core was covered with glass. After cooling, the core was scraped out. The bottles were used for perfume and cosmetics.

Glass Harmonica Technique (Family App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass harmonica was made. Benjamin Franklin invented this strange musical instrument. It was popular in the late 18th century. Sounds were made by running moistened fingers along the rims of the glasses. Some people were afraid that this

European Glass (Family App)
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The European glass cases in the Museum tell the story of glass from the Renaissance in the 15th century to 1900. The Venetians were the master glassworkers of the Renaissance. Later, different parts of Europe produced their own distinctive styles. 

Blaschka Case Technique- Family
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During their long careers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka made many thousands of models of small animals and plants. They sold these all over the world, including to Harvard University. Can you guess which objects in this case are not made of glass?

King Amenhotep II- Family
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This small masterpiece is a 3500-year-old portrait of an Egyptian king. Under certain conditions, glass "weathers" (deteriorates). When it was new, the head was deep blue. Centuries of burial have altered the surface to a stone-like tan color.

Cup with Gladiators (Technique- Family Tour)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this cup with gladiators on it. Much like today, sports fans enjoyed drinking from cups decorated with pictures of their heroes. This cup is decorated with pictures of famous gladiators.

Origins of Glassmaking- Family
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We're now setting off on a unique voyage through the history of glass and glass making that started over 3500 years ago. In the case to your left, called The Origins of Glassmaking, you'll discover treasures from the first 1500 years of glassmaking in the ancient world. The second large

The Morgan Cup Technique- Family
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes how this glass cup was made.

Warrior Vase- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the technique used to make this cameo glass vase. This unusually large piece of cameo glass is filled with action! The scene of warriors fighting is taken from a medieval Chinese story.

Drinking Horn- Family
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This drinking horn has a hole in the bottom. The drinker covered the hole with his thumb while the horn was filled. Then he lifted the horn above his face, removed his thumb, and let the liquid pour into his mouth.

You Design It, We Make It
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Try your hand at designing your own glass masterpiece. With You Design It, We Make It!, glassmaking comes alive for Museum guests of all ages. You Design It, We Make It! is a popular program available during the summer and some school breaks at The Corning Museum of Glass. Design a work on paper,

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