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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René Lalique
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Glass is a wonderful substance. Everything makes it an incomparable plastic medium in the hands of an ingenious artist, offering his imagination and talent almost limitless scope for discovery. ―René Lalique 1 From 1884, when his first jewelry designs were displayed at the Musée du Louvre, until

Filigrana
Glass Dictionary Term

(Italian, “filigree glass”) The generic name for blown glass made with colorless, white, and sometimes colored canes. The filigrana style originated on the island of Murano in the 16th century and spread rapidly to other parts of Europe where façon de Venise glass was produced. Manufacture on

Laboratory Studies of Some Glasses from Vergina
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Colorless Glasses in Antiquity Most glass objects of the second and first millennia B.C. were strongly colored, as are the precious stones they were meant to imitate. Those that were not intentionally colored usually had a pronounced greenish tint, owing to the presence of iron impurities

An Inlaid Glass Plate in Athens: Laboratory Examination
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Introduction In recent years it has become apparent that laboratory examinations of ancient glass might provide archaeologists and historians with valuable information about both ancient glass and the history of technology. At present several scientists working in this field are developing those

Leaf Beakers and Roman Mold-blown Glass Production in the First Century A.D.
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In 1985, The J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a Roman mold-blown vessel that dates to the first century A.D. 1 Made of pale yellow-green glass, the beaker was blown in a three-part mold. 2 Its exterior decoration consists of a simply designed foliate relief frieze of four vertical plants, each of

Glass Lantern, Research Shed Light on 1860 Political Group
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Late in 1993, The Corning Museum of Glass received as a gift a brass lantern with a red glass globe [93.4.102] inscribed "ELMIRA WIDE AWAKES/ G.L.SMITH/CAPTAIN" (Fig. 1). This lantern had a mid-19th-century look, and I thought it might be an early product of the Corning Glass Works. I was

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

Marina Hanser | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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That's been a new area for me that I've been exploring here—to actually use painting processes as the inspiration for creating works. Marina Hanser’s work explores ideas of revealing and concealing, deconstruction and reconstruction, and states of transition. Inspired by notions of loss,

Magnificent House Altar from 1500s Restored
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On August 2, 2007, a beautiful, fully restored 16th-century German house altar (59.3.39) was put on display for the first time since its acquisition by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1959. The altar is 49.6 cm tall, and contains seven reverse-painted glass panels. These depict scenes of the

Glassware: our catalogue for 1897.
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Pitkin & Brooks, Chicago, IL, USA. 52896 Our catalogue for 1897 Chicago, Ill.: Pitkin & Brooks, 1897. 102 p.: chiefly ill.; 17 x 23 cm. Tableware: Pitkin & Brooks, Chicago, IL, USA (F-9332T) Cover title. Trade catalog. Table of contents and index, p. 1. Prices listed. Includes pressed,

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino
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At the time that [studio glassworking] began, not one of us involved was aware of the speed with which it would spread. Not only nationally, but internationally. — Dominick Labino, undated manuscript Dominick Labino’s contributions to 20th-century glassmaking were wide-ranging and innovative.

Micke Johansson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Swedish glassmaker, Micke Johansson demonstrates his own unique style of glassworking in the Amphitheater Hot Shop at the November 2300° event. At 16 years old, Johansson started to work at Orrefors glassworks where he continued honing his craft for the next 15 years. He became a master

John Kiley | Glass Art Society Demo 2017
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Watch John Kiley demo on the Mobile Hot Shop at the Glass Art Society conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Music: “Just a Blip” by Andy G. Cohen. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License.

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Sept 28, 2017)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka.

Scientific Investigations of Some Glasses from Sedeinga
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In 1973, Prof. Jean Leclant described the glass excavated at Sedeinga, a meroitic site in Sudan. 1 Among the objects are two extremely important footed flutes bearing elaborate "painted, and gilded polychrome decorations. Professor Leclant dated the tombs in which the glasses were uncovered to

Frederick Carder’s Journal of His 1902 Visit to Germany, Bohemia, and Austria
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In 2005, the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass received a small spiral-bound notebook containing Frederick Carder’s handwritten notes from his three-week trip in 1902 to glasshouses in Germany, Bohemia, and Austria. 1 Carder, a designer at Stevens & Williams in Brierley Hill

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

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