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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Core Forming
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This was the common method of making small glass vessels from around 1500 BC until the discovery of glassblowing. Dung, clay, and glass came together in a seemingly odd process that was indispensable for more than a millennium and a half.

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.

Tom Patti- Voices of Contemporary Glass
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Tom Patti explains his unique approach to working with glass. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, May 16, 2009-- January 2, 2011.

GlassLab at Design Miami 2007
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A Collaboration of The Corning Museum of Glass + Vitra Design Museum. GLASSLAB brings the ancient processes and skills of glassmaking together with creative and innovative minds in the design world. Contemporary designers, working with Corning Museum of Glass glassmakers in a unique mobile hot

Flameworked Sculpture
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Artists have proven that glass as a medium for sculpture is virtually without limits. Among hot-working processes, flameworking allows the greatest detail and the smallest scale. Surprisingly though, it can also be used to create sculpture large enough to fill rooms.

Paperweights
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Encasing glass decorations and small-scale sculpture within a mass of molten colorless glass to make paperweights began in the 1840s. It continues to be practiced by a limited number of specialized glass artists.

Air Twist Stem
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A technique unique to glass, air twist requires very high quality material for success. When sparkling lead crystal became common in 18th-century England, the air twist technique spread rapidly.

Mold Blowing
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By about AD 20, Roman workers had discovered that a bubble of molten glass could be lowered into a mold and then further inflated to fill the mold. In this way, the full-size vessel, complete with elaborate decoration, was made almost instantly.

Gold Glass
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Learn about Gold Glass from Ancient Rome, and also, how to make gold glass today. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15- May 27, 2008.

Master Class 6: Kiln Formed Glass with Rudi Gritsch
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Rudi Gritsch, the Austrian kiln forming artist and instructor takes viewers through many of his processes involving the kiln. We follow Mr. Gritsch as he takes his work from the initial phases of design through the detailed setups, firings, and finishing processes, to completed works of art. Master

Annealing and Tension in Glass
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Hot-working processes used to form a glass object—glassblowing for example—must be followed by a very gradual cooling period called annealing. See what happens when an object is not properly annealed and learn why it breaks.

Murrine Making
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Alternately using different colored glasses, plunged into different shaped dip molds, to build up a variety of layers, a stout cane is drawn. When the cane is cut, the pattern is revealed at the cross-section.

Wendell Castle: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 17, 2010
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Designer Wendell Castle prototypes a design for martini glasses and pitcher set on GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a kuttrolf
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This video shows the technique of making a kuttrolf, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Paul Cocksedge: 2011 GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum
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GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to glass as a means to immediately prototype designs in front of a live audience. During Art Basel in June, 2011, GlassLab presented at the Vitra Design Museum. Designer Paul Cocksedge designed an interactive glass

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a medieval goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a medieval goblet, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Cameo Glass Blank
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Some of the first glassblowers working in Italy—perhaps as early as 30 BC—made blanks for craftspeople accustomed to decorating hardstone objects. The glassblowing process required two contrasting glasses, usually blue and white.

Michal Fronek: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2010
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Michal Fronek from Olgoj Chorchoj glass studio in the Czech Republic works at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2010 during Art Basel.

Engraving Lathe
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Essentially the same as lathe cutting, the engraving lathe is generally used for small-scale projects often involving the creation of extremely fine details, such as the eyelashes on a portrait.

William Gudenrath- Artist's Choice Tour
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Glass artist William Gudenrath shares his love of one of his favorite pieces in the Corning Museum of Glass, Anthem of Joy by Vera Liskova (79.3.14).

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making a stangenglas
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This video shows the technique of making a stangenglas, an object in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Gold Leaf
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Gold decoration has been popular since Egyptian times. Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic workshops also used it frequently. Beginning in the Renaissance, gold decoration became an indispensable part of the Venetian style.

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.

Gianni Toso- Chess Set
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Glass Maestro, Gianni Toso shares what inspires and influences his work, specifically about his piece "Chess Set."

60 Years- The Studio
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The Studio, which opened in 1996, is an internationally renowned teaching facility that offers classes in a variety of glassmaking techniques to students of all ages and skill levels. Artists and students come from all over the world to teach, to learn, and to create their own work in glass. The

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.

60 Years- 200-Inch Disk
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In 1929, Corning Glass Works accepted a commission to make a 200-inch Pyrex disk for use in a reflecting telescope on Mount Palomar in California. After several trial castings of smaller disks, Corning poured a 200-inch disk in 1934. When part of the mold broke loose, the disk was ruined, but it

Tumbler
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Here is the most sophisticated glassblowing process used to make the simplest of all forms: a cylindrical tumbler. The second most important tool after the invention of the blowpipe, the soffietta is used to make the work easier with better results.

(No sound) Medieval Glass: Making prunts
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This video shows the technique of making prunts, seen on objects in the exhibition Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants, on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011.

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso
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Gianni Toso: Glassmaking as a Language, a live flameworking demonstration at The Studio on July 20, 2011.

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