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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Building Up Heat (BUH)
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki discusses the reasons for building up heat, such as to prevent the moil from cracking, or to prevent the punty from cracking, to prevent the object from cracking when removing it from the punty, or to straighten an object if it starts going off center. Download a

Straightening
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki demonstrates how the temperature of the object and the temperature of the punty affects how you straighten a piece, straightening basics, variations on straightening, and techniques for straightening goblets. Download a PDF diagram  about straightening techniques.

The Punty
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki talks about the punty. With help from artist Lisa Zerkowitz, Sugiki discusses the surface and core temperature of the punty, the temperature of the object, and how the object is placed on and taken off the punty. Download a PDF diagram about using the punty. This

Bowls, Part 2
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki continues to demonstrate techniques for making bowls and refining your design. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Davide Salvadore
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a visit to Murano, he talked with Davide Salvadore.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Moreno Bardella
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a visit to Murano, he watched as Moreno Bardella demonstrated his skills as a

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Marco Salvadore
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. On a visit to Murano, he spoke with glassmaker Marco Salvadore about his work.

Mark Matthews Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as sphere expert Mark Matthews creates a blue marble with cane decoration as his Guest Artist demonstration for Marvelous Marble Day. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 2:03:47. Matthews has become internationally recognized for his mastery of the glass sphere. The sphere,

Ben Edols Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Ben Edols creates a large vessel with cane decoration and cherry-red dots in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final object out of the annealer at 1:36:01. After earning his postgraduate diploma from the Canberra School of Art in 1992, Edols traveled across and worked extensively in the

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

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