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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Lynn LaBarr: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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LaBarr trained and worked at A-factory. He described how he was trained (practicing on breaks with help from a mentor), and worked with a German system shop (consisting of 9 workers) with union rules and seniority. He blew Pyrex into molds and substituted on a pressing machine. He moved to Steuben

Nick Williams: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Nick Williams talks about his career at The Corning Museum of Glass, where he began in 1973, working on flood recovery for the Museum's library, later transitioning into photography, assisting Ray Errett, the Museum's conservator and photographer.‎ Filmed August 2015. The Rakow Research

Heath Rutledge: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Heath Rutledge was employed by Corning from 1960 to his retirement in 1995. He discusses his family life, the 1972 flood, and the role of Corning Inc. in the community.‎ Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass

Robert Kosty: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Bob Kosty talks about his various jobs at Corning Glass Works, including his work in the machine shop following the flood of 1972. Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people involved in the glass industry and glass arts.

Tom Dimitroff (2012): Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Tom Dimitroff discusses his career as a teacher, his roles as Corning-area historian and glass researcher. He has authored several books regarding Corning and Carder Steuben glass. He shares stories about labor unions in Corning Inc., the Ravenna train wreck and monument and the flood of 1972 in

Louise & Joe Maio: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Joe and Louise Maio (husband and wife) discuss their employment at the Corning Museum of Glass, the changes they've seen in their 40 years of employment at the Museum, and the flood of 1972. Filmed August 2012. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the stories of people

Clyde Rathmann: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Clyde Rathmann reflects on his employment at Corning Glass Works and discusses his involvement and the challenges in producing an 84-inch telescope mirror for an astrophysicist named Aden Meinel. The lens was installed in Kitt Peak, Arizona. Other projects he discusses include his work with the

Stephen Shaw: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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Stephen Shaw reminisces on his experience, beginning at the age of 18 and working his way up through the ranks of Corning Glass Works to Steuben, and then research and development, eventually leaving and working 19 years for Owens-Illinois before retiring. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research

David Anderson: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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David Anderson describes processes, glass tanks (furnaces), and products, including flat glass (World Trade Center cladding); photochromic glass; Steuben; Ford CERCOR engines; spinning hemispheres; and more. Filmed September 2015. The Rakow Research Library’s Conversation Series features the

Karen LaMonte | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Working in the Czech Republic, Karen LaMonte casts life-size glass figures using the lost-wax method to create a detailed mold of a carefully chosen dress. “You read aspects of character by the way a person dresses. I started thinking of the human body and its relationship to clothing as a dialogue

Josh Ries Live Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Applying contemporary styles to traditional glassblowing techniques, artist Josh Ries taught students in his class how to add colors and decorative techniques to add interest to their glass. Watch this January 30 live stream from the class Next Steps: Building On & Refining Your Foundation. See

Aaron Pexa | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Aaron Pexa's work spans multiple mediums, from video and installation to sculpture and performance, and his goal is always to create a sense of bewilderment. He takes everyday environments and subverts them by introducing new artifacts and narratives that stimulate wonder and “bring people out

Vasenpokal | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the vessel being made in a sequence of steps, one of which includes the use of a full-size blow-mold. The manufacturing process for the lid is then shown. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath. Between about

Turquoise Pot | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video begins with the making of the different canes and bands required. After these elements are rolled up on the end of a blowpipe, the open-ended cylinder is lined with colorless glass using the sbruffo method. Glassblowing is then employed to make the vessel. The handle is fashioned from

Swedish Covered Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows, first, the four elements of the goblet and a fifth element for the finial of the lid being made and placed in an oven. Next, the assembly process begins. After the foot element has been attached to a pontil, the other parts are added and adhered together using small amounts of

Verzelini Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the three parts—bowl, stem, and foot—attached directly from above without the use of mereses, which are more conventionally employed. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath Between about 1500 and 1725, Venice

Openwork Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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In this video, first the bowl or cup is blown of colorless glass. Next, a series of solid and hollow elements are stacked, interrupted by three straps that create an open-work structure. Tiny raspberry prunts are added, and then a blown foot is attached. Finally, the rim is created while the vessel

Beaker | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows first the two types of required canes being made and arranged in a pattern on a ceramic plate. After the canes are fused together, a thick, cylindrical bubble of glass is rolled over the canes so that they become attached. After reheating, glassblowing is used to make the beaker.

Winged Glass | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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A partly hollow combination merese/avolio construction is added to the tip of a bubble of glass that eventually becomes the bowl (or cup). A complex, multi-part stem and foot are then attached. The vessel is completed while it is held by a pontil. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of

Stangenglas | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows retortoli canes being made and cut, then placed on a ceramic place-holding plate and then pre-heated. Next, a thick cylindrical bubble of glass is rolled over the canes, thus embedding them in its surface. Glassblowing is then used to make the vessel and its foot. Learn more about

Swiss Goblet | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows white canes of a small diameter being made. Next, the pre-heated canes are rolled up on the exterior of a thick-walled, cylindrical bubble of glass. This is then formed into a preliminary stem and foot construction, to be used later in the manufacturing process. The bowl is blown

Ferdinand II Beaker | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking
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This video shows the making of the vessel body and a small blown-foot with a folded edge. At the end of the glassblowing processes, a fin-mold is used to transform the upper-half of the vessel and the rim from a round to hexagonal shape. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance

Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (January 2019)
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An expert on Venetian glass, William Gudenrath taught students in his January 2019 class how to create well-formed and thinly-blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems. In this demo from January 16, Gudenrath shares his knowledge of reticello —a type of blown

The Grand Bohemian Troupe of Fancy Glass Workers | Behind the Glass Lecture
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See The Grand Bohemian Troupe of Fancy Glass Workers at The Corning Museum of Glass! Over a span of 300 years, traveling flameworkers entertained and educated audiences around the world on the art, s­­cience, and skill of glassmaking. Learn about their lives and witness a modern take on their

Megan Stelljes Guest Artist Demonstration at 2300°
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Get ready to warm things up with Guest Artist Megan Stelljes in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during January's 2300°. In this demo, Stelljes creates a wine barrel with grapes to compliment the evening's wine tasting theme. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:40:51. Stelljes

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.

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