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 Horsfall: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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This conversation is with Bill Horsfall, a glass technologist who began working for Corning Incorporated in 1972, just after the flood caused by Hurricane Agnes. Horsfall supervised batch preparation for many different glass types, from soda-lime to Pyrex to glass ceramics and worked in A, B &

Herb Dann Session 1: Rakow Research Library Conversation Series
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In this conversation with Herb Dann, he talks about his time at Corning Incorporated and his work on Pyrex products. Dann worked as a designer and in product development for Corning Inc. Watch...

Roman Mold-Blown Glass
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Watch glassmakers recreate ancient Roman glass objects by mold-blowing. This video was filmed in 2014 at the Roman-style wood-fired furnace in Villa Borg, Germany, which was created especially for researching Roman glassworking techniques.

Two 19th-Century Forgeries of Gold Glasses in The Corning Museum of Glass
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In 1927, Gustavus Eisen published a group of "gold glasses" that he attributed to the period between the late third and sixth centuries A.D. 1 These objects, however, have long been recognized as forgeries. Examples were offered to the British Museum in 1909, but they failed to impress O.

What is Glass?
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Glass is a rigid material formed by heating a mixture of dry materials to a viscous state, then cooling the ingredients fast enough to prevent a regular crystalline structure. As the glass cools, the atoms become locked in a disordered state like a liquid before they can form into the perfect %

Uncut Crown of Glass (Museum App)
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes an uncut crown of glass. Window glass was one of the most needed products in the new United States, but it was expensive to import. Some window glass factories were started in New Jersey, New York, and New England in the early 19th century. There

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Working with Glass
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Women have played an important role in glassmaking history. The following is a brief overview of the ways in which women have worked with glass before 1950, as documented in articles, books, and original materials from the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass. Beadmakers and

Matteo Seguso Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Matteo Seguso demonstrates for his class, Glass Engraving, which focused on Seguso’s particular style of engraving.

Jiří Harcuba- Artist's Choice Tour
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During his Artist's Choice Tour, Jiri Harcuba speaks about his favorite piece at The Corning Museum of Glass, Cup with Christ Healing the Paralytic (66.1.38).

Rene Kung: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 2011
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Designer Rene Kung describes working at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum in June 2011 during Art Basel. GlassLab is a program from The Corning Museum of Glass that introduces designers to the material of glass.

LaMonte Evening Dress
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Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes Evening Dress with Shawl  by American artist Karen LaMonte. Karen LaMonte's hauntingly beautiful female figures evoke the fragmented bodies of classical antiquity and the pristine statues of 19th-century American neoclassicism. By using translucent,

Tiffany Landscape Window
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Landscape Window designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. This window was commissioned for Rochroane, a Gothic Revival mansion in Irvington, New York, owned by Melchior S. Beltzhoover. It depicts the Hudson River landscape as seen from Rochroane's hilltop

Hedwig Beaker (Family App)
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This is a medieval mystery. No one is certain where or when this cut glass beaker was made. It is named for St. Hedwig of Silesia (modern Poland). Fewer than 20 of these beakers are known to exist.

Corning Cutting Shop- Family
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In the cutting room, a steam-powered shaft drove belts that turned the metal or stone cutting wheels. A glasscutter holds the object against the rotating wheel, which is fed with an abrasive slurry.

Fruit Basket
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Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes Fruit Basket produced by Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. The process of pressing glass was perfected fairly quickly. By the 1840s, it was possible to press large objects without surface defects. This fruit basket illustrates the development of the

Tazza with Medici Arms (Technique- Museum App)
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used to make this glass object. This Tazza is enameled with the coat of arms of the Medici family combined with crossed keys and a papal tiara, suggesting that they were made for a member of the church, most probably either Pope Leo

Punch Bowl- Family
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Between 1880 and 1915, more cut glass was made in Corning, New York, than anywhere else in the country. This punch bowl was made here by local glasscutters.

Martens' Cheerful Bottle
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Cheerful Bottle, created by Italian glass artist Dino Martens. Trained as a painter, Dino Martens was the artistic director of the Aureliano Toso glassworks on the island of Murano for many years. There, he produced a variety of designs characterized by

Marinot Bottle
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Bottle created by glass artist Maurice Marinot. Marinot studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he exhibited regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in Paris from 1905 to 1913. Although Marinot was developing

Mechanical Glass Theater (Family App)
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This miniature theater shows the Wedding at Cana. Look closely and you can see that it is made of shells, rock crystal, fabric, and pieces of glass. Some of the figures are attached to levers that allowed them to be moved.

Cylinder of Window Glass (Family App)
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One traditional way of making flat window glass was to start with a large cylinder like this one, cut off the ends, cut it lengthwise, and heat it in a kiln until it flattened. Gift of JE Springer.

Meet the Artist: Karen LaMonte
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Karen LaMonte's monumental sculptures in cast glass, and her smaller cast glass reliefs and mirrors, have received international attention. This lecture, part of the Museum's popular Meet the Artist series, focused on LaMonte's creation of the Museum's major sculpture, Evening

Meet the Astronomer: Scott Kardel
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Hear from Scott Kardel, the public affairs coordinator for the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center for astronomical research that is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. There are five telescopes used at Palomar, including the 200-inch Hale Telescope (the "Big

Ted Muehling at GlassLab Cooper Hewitt, 2008
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Ted Muehling at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Masamichi Udagawa at GlassLab Cooper-Hewitt, 2008
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Masamichi Udagawa at GlassLab at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, May 17-June 3, 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

Michele Oka Doner: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Designer Michele Oka Doner talks about her experience working with GlassLab at Design/Miami 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

DASH Students: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Students from Miami Design and Architecture Senior High talk about their experience with GlassLab at Design/Miami 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their

60 Years- Rakow Research Library
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The Library was established as part of the Museum in 1951. Today, it houses the world's largest and finest collection of resources on the art and history of glass. Much of the collection consists of unique items, such as the archives and original design drawings for stained glass. This video

Atelier Oi: GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum, June 15, 2010
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Atelier Oi prototypes glass design ideas at GlassLab at the Vitra Design Museum during Art Basel 2010.

Paul Haigh: GlassLab Design/Miami 2008
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Designer Paul Haigh talks about his experience with GlassLab at Design/Miami 2008. A program of The Corning Museum of Glass, GlassLab brings designers together with glassmakers to offer them rare access to experimenting with hot glass and prototyping their design concepts.

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