All About Glass

All About Glass

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Corning's Near Neighbors: The Cut Glass Companies of the Elmira, New York, Area
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The Elmira Cut Glass Company, the Enterprise Cut Glass Company of Elmira Heights, and Elmira's Majestic Cut Glass Company were three of the many small glass cutting firms that operated in the Southern Tier of New York State during the first two decades of the 20th century. There was a much

Enameled Glass Vessels, 1425 B.C.E.–1800: The Decorating Process
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The earliest glass vessel decorated with enameling dates from about 1425 B.C.E. 1 It successfully combines one of humankind’s oldest creative urges (the desire to draw on things) with one of the most advanced technologies of the ancient world (glassmaking). Today, essentially the same process

A Passion Bottle by Alexandre Soudart
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Since 1977, the collections of The Corning Museum of Glass have included a rather curious object. 1 It is a tall, footed, cylindrical bottle of colorless glass, in which float numerous small lampworked figures suspended from buoyant glass bubbles (Fig. 1). The top of the bottle is sealed, forming a

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

Documented Use of Cup Plates in the Nineteenth Century
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Cup plates are an example of the specialized items in ceramics and glass with which Victorian ladies liked to clutter dinner and tea tables. Later in the century, these small plates were joined by a host of other "special" items: ice cream sets, berry sets, lemonade sets, and dishes for

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 for the King of Siam: Bernard Perrot’s Portrait Plaque of King Louis XIV and Its Trip to Asia
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In 2004, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired an oval cast glass plaque with the portrait of King Louis XIV (Fig. 1) of France (r. 1643–1715). It is the second plaque of its kind in the museum, and one of eight examples that are known (3 in the catalog below). This plaque was not purchased so that

Glasses with American Views
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Glasses engraved with scenic views or important buildings are part of a Germanic tradition dating to the eighteenth century. Similar commemorative glasses are noted in England, e.g., the well-known Sunderland Bridge rummers, but they are less common in English glass. Germanic glasses with this type

A Mold-Blown Bottle from the Workshop of Titianus Hyacinthus
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This note describes and illustrates a mold-blown square bottle with an inscription on the base. 1 Description The bottle (Fig. 1) is 18.9 centimeters high and is made of transparent bluish green glass. The body was blown in a mold with four vertical sections and a separate baseplate. The object is

Glasses with American Views – Addenda
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In 1977, the author discussed two groups of glasses engraved with American views, probably made in the United States but possibly abroad. 1 In the last two years, several more glasses in each of these groups have been discovered, along with some new information which is here presented. Five

Mythological Beakers: A Re-examination
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In 1972, Gladys Davidson Weinberg published a study of 24 vessels and fragments of a type of first-century A.D. mold-blown glass known as a mythological beaker. 1 While subsequent publications have included individual beakers and fragments, they have not been surveyed again as a group, 2 and they

The Glastenbury Glass Factory Company
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Presented here is a report of the excavation of the Glastenbury Glass Factory Company site in conjunction with the documentary evidence on the production and operations of this factory. This excavation, prompted by the imminent eradication of the site by the relocation of Connecticut Route 2 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

Conservation Live Stream: Glass from a Conservator's Perspective
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In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator, Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator, and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share the issues and concerns that conservators keep an eye out for when managing a collection of glass objects that spans from

Practical Applications of Tension in Glass
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"Annealed glass," "safety glass," "tempered glass"... Confused? Learn the differences through these Glass Breaking Demos.

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

Fragile Legacy
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From their first commission for glass marine invertebrate models in 1863, to their later production of glass flowers for Harvard University’s well-known Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Leopold Blaschka (1822 – 1895) and his son Rudolf (1857 – 1939) masterfully captured in glass

Bridging Glass Art and Science | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Dr. Jane Cook moved four years ago from the anonymity of a bench scientist in Corning Inc.’s research laboratory to become a sought-after lecturer, consultant, teacher, and advisor to artists, curators, educators, and the public, at The Corning Museum of Glass and around the world. In this Behind

2300°
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At 2300°F, hot glass gets interesting—and so do things at The Corning Museum of Glass. Check out this event every third Thursday from November to March. Learn more at https://www.cmog.org/2300

Group Tours at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Why should you bring your group to The Corning Museum of Glass? In addition to showcasing 35 centuries of glass art and history, The Corning Museum of Glass is home to a world-class demonstration space, a stunning Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and guests can even try glassmaking themselves. With

Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko Guest Artist Demonstration (Oct 19, 2018)
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Watch Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko, Finnish glassmakers from the Iittala factory, in a live narrated demonstration in The Studio on October 19, 2018. The glassmakers produced bird designs by internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka. See the final birds at 13:09, 42:40, and 1:45:35. The

Aaron Jack & Anna Knoll Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch live as Aaron Jack collaborates with glass cutter Anna Knoll in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on August 23 from 6 to 8 pm. Together they will create a one-of-a-kind piece that will incorporate both of their artistic styles.

McElheny Untitled (White)
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes the object Untitled (White)  by American artist Josiah McElhany. Josiah McElheny is an accomplished glassblower who creates installations inspired by art or glass history, often using a specific historical or literary anecdote as a point of departure. His

Optic Molding
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This technique was invented by Roman glassworkers. It was indispensable in glasshouses of the Middle Ages and flourished in Venice. Also known as dip molding, it remains popular today.

Gladiator Cup with Handles
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The Chavagnes gladiator cup, made in the mid-first century A.D., was found in eastern France, and it is now part of the CMoG collection. It shows pairs of gladiators in combat, and some of their names are known from literary and epigraphic sources. This sports cup, blown in a mold with two vertical

2011 GlassFest FlameOff: Recap with Paul Stankard
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GlassFest Flameoff 2011 Recap: World-renowned glass artist Paul Stankard and World Glass store owner Josh Powers (Corning, N.Y.), reflect on their journey to  create the 2011 GlassFest FlameOff. The FlameOff showcases several artists from around the world that demonstrate their talents using a

2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference
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Hope to see you in Corning, New York, "America's Crystal City," for the 2009 Annual Glass Art Society Conference.

Nacho Carbonell: 2011 GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum
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https://www.cmog.org/glasslab.

Goblet Making on the Blowpipe
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A goblet—bowl, foot, and stem—is made on the blowpipe in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the wonders of Venetian glass were well known

Murrine Use
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Once murrine canes are cut into thin slices, they can be fused and slumped, flameworked, or blown. Here, murrine canes are used in demonstrations of a Roman period process and a Renaissance Venetian process.

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