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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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

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

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.

GlassLab Design Session: Jon Otis
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Designer Jon Otis describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 17 and 18, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Tom Scott
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Designer Tom Scott describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 24 and 25, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Marc Thorpe
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Designer Marc Thorpe describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 10- 11, 2012.

Artist-in-Residence: Ingalena Klenell
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In her May 2012 Residency at The Studio, Ingalena Klenell worked on a project called Travelers. The project is based on the history of cultural exchange in trade relations between Venice and Egypt, inspired by a collection of glass shards found in Egypt that date from 1100 A.D. to 1400 A.D.

Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis
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Richard Marquis, glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. His work is humorous, ironic, smart, and beautifully—some might say obsessively—made. As an artist, Marquis is

Eric Meek and Eric Goldschmidt at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
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At 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest in January 2013, glassblower Eric Meek and flameworker Eric Goldschmidt collaborated to make an amphora with flameworked figures and grapes. See what they had to say about the experience.

2300º: Finger Lakes Finest (January 2013)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Finger Lakes Finest (January 17, 2013), including music by The Blind Spots,

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Jordana Korsen
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Jordana Korsen has been working with hot glass for more than 20 years, focusing on functional work with a sculptural touch. As a glassblower, she creates clean forms with a sense of humor. Korsen has been running the glass program at Franklin Pierce University since 1995. Her architectural

Sam Drumgoole at 2300°: Hot Blues (February 2013)
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2300°: Hot Blues featured visiting glass artist Sam Drumgoole who currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Sam has worked with Dale Chihuly in Seattle and studied at Pilchuck and Alfred University before opening his own studio. For 2300°, Sam worked with Museum

2300º: Hot Blues (February 2013)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Hot Blues (February 21, 2013), including music by the Kelly Bell Band, and

A Conversation with the 2013 Rakow Commission Artist Andrew Erdos
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The title of Andrew Erdos' 2013 Rakow Commission is Ghost Walk Under Infinite Darkness. Erdos' titles often reference ghosts and time, which he considers to be core fascinations of humans as physically intangible but always present entities and emanations. For the Rakow Commission, Erdos

Jeff Mack at 2300°: Drink It In
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Glassmaker Jeff Mack raises a toast to glass! At the January 2300° event, Mack put his years of experience and knowledge of historic glassmaking techniques to work making amazing goblets at the Hot Glass Show.

Depictions of Glassmaking in Diderot’s Encyclopédie
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Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert published their much acclaimed Encyclopédie in Paris from 1751 to 1765. To illustrate their entries, they commissioned several hundred engraved images depicting artistic crafts and common trades in preindustrial France. Since pictorial representations of

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