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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An Observation on the Corinth Diatretum
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A great deal of attention has been directed toward understanding how Roman vasa diatreta were made. 1 Many of those who have handled the objects are convinced that they were made by deep cutting and undercutting heavy-walled blanks. Others have proposed explanations which require that the posts

Analyses of Some Finds from the Gnalić Wreck
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Fragments of eight types of objects excavated from the Gnalić shipwreck were submitted to The Corning Museum of Glass for examination and chemical analysis. 1 The specimens, which are from the collections of the Narodni Museum in Zadar, consisted of fragments of six glass objects and two pigment

The Chemical Composition of a Faience Bead from China
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During the past few years, there has been a vigorous renewal of interest in the study of ancient Chinese glass. This has been prompted largely by recent archaeological finds and by the availability of new scientific laboratory techniques for studying glass objects. Research in the past decade by

Glass Cutting for Mosaics
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Watch how sheet glass is cut in a pattern to be used in a glass mosaic. Louis C. Tiffany’s innovative artistry forged a bold new aesthetic for glass mosaics and contributed a uniquely American character to the centuries-old art form. Discover and explore these breathtaking artworks as never before.

Karlyn Sutherland: 2017 Rakow Commission Artist
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Dr. Karlyn Sutherland, a Scottish emerging artist, discusses her work with Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass. Learn more about the 2017 Rakow Commission in GlassApp Learn More

Meet the 2017 Rakow Commission Artist Karlyn Sutherland
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Hear a lecture from 2017 Rakow Commission artist Karlyn Sutherland. Originally trained as an architect, Sutherland describes her work in glass as an extension of the sensibilities and skills she honed while investigating the attachments people form to place. She describes her autobiographical

The Use of Equilibrated Silica Gel for the Protection of Glass with Incipient Crizzling
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In a previous publication 1 we have discussed glasses showing incipient crizzling, that is, glasses in the earliest stages of crizzling. This condition threatens many pieces of European, East Asiatic, and American glasses manufactured between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Examples exist

David Walters | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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If things don't go well, sometimes you learn as much or more than if things go as planned. Hear more from David Walters at the Mobile Hot Shop from the 2017 Glass Art Society conference. Music: “Warmer” by Andy G. Cohen. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License.

Jen Elek | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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I've come from a traditional glassblowing background and I really value all the information that my teachers have taught me over the years. I feel like one of the most important things that my teachers have taught me is to continue exploring in the material and not to stay stagnant, to keep

Scott Darlington | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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Scott Darlington made Tweezer Venus, a solid glass sculpture made using only a pair of tweezers, on the Mobile Hot Shop's inaugural deployment at the 2017 Glass Art Society conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Hear from him about the demo. Music: “Bathed in Fine Dust” by Andy G. Cohen. Released

Richard Jolley | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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Hear from Richard Jolley at the Mobile Hot Shop during the Glass Art Society Conference. Music: “Oxygen Mask” by Andy G. Cohen. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License.

Grant Garmezy | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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Hear from Grant Garmezy and watch him demo on The Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop at the Glass Art Society Conference in Norfolk, VA. Music: “A Human Being” by Andy G. Cohen. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Bruce Ferguson (August 26, 2015)
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Watch Bruce Ferguson demonstrate for his Beginning Glassblowing class how molten glass is manipulated. See photos of the finished piece on the event listing on our website. Ferguson has more than 40 years of experience in teaching, and has taught glassblowing since 2000.

Powder Horn Features Glassblower
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In 2001, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired an object of folk art: a powder horn engraved with the figure of a glassblower [2001.7.4] (Fig. I). Powder horns were necessary accouterments for soldiers and hunters in the 18th century. Many are known from the French and Indian War (1755-1763) and the

Gloucester Glass Works
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Clementon, New Jersey circa 1800-1825 The Gloucester Glass Works was apparently established about 1800 and from that date until about 1820 made a variety of bottles typical of the period. 1 From then until about 1825, the works seem to have been used for the production of window glass. On December

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
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Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American Glass, discusses Louis Comfort Tiffany's blown glass showcased in "Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections"- on view at The Corning Museum of Glass November 1, 2009- October 31, 2010.

The Seasons Vase
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The "Vase des Saisons" is the name given by Jean de Foville to a cameo glass bottle in the Cabinet des Medailles et Antiques of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. (Figs. A, B, C "Alabastron en verre camée" (Camée.623)). The object may be described as follows: H. (as restored) 16

Islamic, Byzantine, or Roman? An Unusual Fragment from the Smith Collection
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Among the objects from the collection of Ray Winfield Smith that are in The Corning Museum of Glass, one relief-cut fragment has provoked widely divergent views about its identity. 1 The object (Fig. 1), which Smith acquired in Cairo, may be described as follows: Fragment with eagle [55.1.148].

Karlyn Sutherland | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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"I wanted to create an experience where it was about the light and the sound of the water and you're really aware of the context in the surroundings." Dr. Karlyn Sutherland is inspired by the bond between people and place. Autobiographical in nature, her work explores this dialogue

Seeing Glass and Color
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Glass can be made in a wide variety of colors. We see this in the ways light and glass interact with one another. The different interactions between glass and light demonstrated in this animation are what lead us to see glass the way we do. Transmit, Absorb, Reflect  Why is glass clear? When all

Iridizing Glass
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Watch how sheet glass is made using traditional glassblowing methods, and how to achieve iridescence using a process called fuming. Tiffany’s glassmakers used a similar process to achieve the iridescent and patterned surfaces of flat glass for mosaic application. Louis C. Tiffany’s innovative

The St. Michael's Mosaic: Understanding the Full Picture
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Hear from Tiffany's Glass Mosaics curators Kelly Conway and Lindsy Parrott as they detail a series of discoveries related to the mosaics installed at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in New York City. Learn how these revelations allowed the curators to achieve their goals of

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Untitled (White) by American artist Josiah McElheny, who reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists, used to create Endeavor. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of Tagliapietra's native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the

Chihuly Fern Green Tower- Family
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Listen as curators Tina Oldknow and David Whitehouse describe Fern Green Tower by American artist Dale Chihuly. Northwest native Chihuly calls glass "the most magical of materials." He is probably the best-known artist working in blown glass today, and his sculptures and chandeliers are

Libenský Red Pyramid- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Red Pyramid by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Libenský and Brychtová, a husband and wife team, collaborated for more than 40 years. These artists pioneered the technique of mold-melting, where chunks of glass are placed in molds,

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques American artist Josiah McElheny used to create Untitled (White). McElheny reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Karel Black Cube- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Black Cube by Czech artist Marian Karel. Despite its name, Black Cube is not really a cube. Each side slightly bulges as though there is some sort of energy pushing the walls outward.

Reynolds Family Matter- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes the object Family Matter by American artist Jill Reynolds.

Contemporary Chairs- Family
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Some of this furniture was designed to be used, while other pieces are purely decorative. Ghost Chair, on the left, is sturdy enough for use; likewise, Danny Lane's Etruscan Chair on the far right was also designed for sitting.

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