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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Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Bill Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. See the final objects out of the annealer starting at 1:10:23. Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer, and teacher. He is an authority on

Kim Fields Live-streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Kim Fields constructs a red poppy in soft glass at the torch for her class, Nature in Glass: Sculptural Bead Techniques in Soft Glass, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Fields is a well-known contemporary glass artist recognized for her sculptural birds, butterflies and three

Giles Bettison Live-Stream Studio Demo
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Watch as Giles Bettison demonstrates for his class, Looking at Patterns and Murrine, the relationships among form, pattern, and color using sheet glass to make murrine canes that can then be used to make vessels, panels, and other objects.

Claire Kelly Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Claire Kelly demonstrated making a blown glass elephant for her class, Raising Cane. Emphasis was placed on proper glassblowing skills such as gathering, blocking, and marvering in order to establish a solid foundation on which to build cane technique.

Elinor Portnoy | Artist-in-Residence
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The way I usually go is to follow my curiosity. If I'm curious about a material and I'm wondering how it will behave, the curiosity is strong and I want to test things out. Elinor Portnoy ’s work examines the fluidness of material. She designs processes that demonstrate the natural

Robin & Julia Rogers Guest Artist Demonstration
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The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. Our own Hot Glass Demo Team assists and

Eusheen Goines Guest Artist Demonstration
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The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and improvisation that comprise contemporary glassmaking. Our own Hot Glass Demo Team assists and

Eusheen Goines Live-streamed Studio Demo
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Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally-renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace sculpting to flameworking to any other variety of glassblowing techniques. Watch as Eusheen Goines demonstrates how to create a fillacello pendant for his class at

Live from the Conservation Lab
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Take a tour of the Museum's Conservation Lab with Chief Conservator Stephen Koob, Associate Conservator Astrid van Giffen, and Assistant Conservator Lianne Uesato. Explore the tools they use and learn about their individual backgrounds as they answer questions about conserving glass objects.

Jim Mongrain Guest Artist Demonstration
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Kick off 2018 in a big way and watch Guest Artist Jim Mongrain in this live, narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop from January 14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Introducing GlassBarge
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In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning, via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of this pivotal journey, CMoG will launch GlassBarge—a canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric

CMOG in 2 Minutes
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Find a wing for 35 centuries of glass art and history, a floor dedicated to glass science and innovation, an all-new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and the largest hot glass demonstrations space in the world: there is more to see and do at The Corning Museum of Glass than ever before. Poster image

Jim Mongrain Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jim Mongrain demonstrates how to develop contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking for his class at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for

Live-Streamed Studio Demo: James Mongrain (Sept 2, 2015)
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Watch as James Mongrain demonstrates for his class, Goblets: Form and Function, which focused on developing contemporary form and function while exploring the Venetian tradition of glassmaking. See a photo of the finished pieces.

Artist-in-Residence: Nisha Bansil
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Nisha Bansil’s work is an exploration of pattern, form, and structure. Living in the woods, she is inspired by observations made in her environment, such as light and shadow in the trees and plants, decay and growth in the life cycles on the forest floor, and the progress of time in the geology of

Nisha Bansil Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Nisha Bansil collaborate with musician Simon Bjarning for this can’t-miss performance at the December 2300° event, which featured a flame-dancing Rubens’ tube and blown glass with patterns generated by sound. See the first piece made out of the annealer at 1:10:56 and the second

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,

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.

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

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.

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

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