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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Christa Westbrook Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Christa Westbrook create a large colorful vessel in this Guest Artist demo. See the final piece starting at 1:27:55. 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

Bandhu Dunham Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Watch as Bandhu Dunham demonstrates techniques for creating kinetic glass sculptures that utilize natural forces such as gravity, heat, and pressure to animate whimsical moving machines. See the final pieces starting at 1:04:41. Bandhu Dunham is the author of the definitive glass text, Contemporary

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 25, 2018)
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Watch as Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate goblet-making along with color chemistry and melting practice. See the final object starting at 1:01:32. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from furnace

Solarized Glass
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Certain types of colorless, transparent glasses, when exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time, develop a pink or pale purplish color. Bottles, insulators, and other objects having their color changed in this way are often called "desert glass," but the scientist prefers the term

Antonio Neri: Alchemist, Glassmaker, Priest
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One of the most interesting figures in the history of glass lived four hundred years ago in Florence, Italy. He was an alchemist, a glassmaker and a Catholic priest. His name was Antonio Neri and he worked for a prince from the Medici royal family. 1  Neri is famously known as the author of the

Prince Rupert's Drop
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Don't try this at home! A classic demonstration involving exploding glass: it spectacularly shows both the great strength and vulnerability of glass that has been rapidly cooled from the molten state.

Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab
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Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab showcases the Museum’s signature design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with hot glass. The exhibition features over 150 design prototypes by nearly 50 international designers. Over the last decade, the field of design has

Red/Amber Sliced Descending Form (557)
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557 Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922) United States, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 1984 Cased and hot-worked glass, cut H: 37.2 cm, W: 44 cm, D: 11.3 cm (2007.4.168) Harvey Littleton, who founded the American Studio Glass movement with the glass research scientist Dominick Labino, was born and

Tiffany Treasures (Podcast)
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Learn more about Louis Comfort Tiffany and his work. In this podcast, Bill Gudenrath, the Museum's resident adviser to The Studio and a glass historian, interviews curator of American glass, Jane Shadel Spillman, and librarian at the Museum's Rakow Research Library, Diane Dolbashian. Both

A Conversation Between Liza Lou, Contemporary Sculptor and Installation Artist and Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass
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Tina Oldknow: I thought we would begin our conversation by discussing one sculpture in particular: Continuous Mile. How did the idea for this work come about? Liza Lou: Continuous Mile is a meditation on process. It’s a project that is spread across seven different townships in KwaZulu-Natal. The

The American Studio Glass Movement
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The Beginning of the Studio Movement During the 1950s, studio ceramics and other craft media in the U.S. began to gain in popularity and importance, and American artists interested in glass looked for new paths outside industry. The catalyst for the development of studio glass in the United States

Frederick Carder: A Biography for Young Audiences
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Frederick Carder was born in England on September 18, 1863. Fred, as people called him, was fascinated with his family’s pottery factory. At the age of 14, he insisted on quitting school so he could work there. His father was very unhappy about this, so he made Fred work from six in the morning

Tools of the Glassmaker
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Pictured below are the basic tools used by glassblowers working "at the furnace" (as opposed to those working "at the lamp" — "flameworking" or "lampworking"). They are pretty much unchanged since the first century A.D. Incredibly, a Roman-period worker could

Jobs in a 19th-Century Glass Factory
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In a typical glass factory in earlier times, most workers would work as unskilled laborers. An unskilled laborer was usually called "boy," a term which did not refer to the age of the individual. Although girls were known to perform other work, they often worked as inspectors and packers

Annealing Glass
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If a hot glass object is cooled "too quickly," it may be strained at room temperature, and therefore may break easily. For small, or thin-walled shapes (particularly those made of glasses having low expansions) the effect may not be serious. For more massive pieces, the strain can be very

Thérèse Lahaie: Rhythms in Glass
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Rarely does a visitor catch sight of Thérèse Lahaie’s Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych (2005.4.204) in the Museum’s Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family Contemporary Glass Gallery and not walk over or lean in to get a closer look. Something in, or behind, the panels of glass is rising and falling—soundlessly,

Robert Willson- Bringing Life to Solid Glass
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Anyone who has gazed into the clear depths of a paperweight knows how intoxicating solid glass can be. Glass in vessel form can be decorative, beautiful, even breathtaking, but one cannot escape the utilitarian. After all, it can hold our Cheerios. On the other hand, you would be lying to yourself

Hedwig Beakers
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Hedwig beakers form a small but famous group of vessels. They share several characteristics: the same form (they are beakers with a straight, tapering side), the same finishing techniques (they were decorated by cutting), and the same shallow faceting of the upper wall in order to display the

Eusheen Goines Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (July 11, 2018)
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Watch as Eusheen Goines demonstrates the skills needed to create hollow work such as marbles, pendants, and original functional sculpture. See the final piece starting at 1:10:57. Object photographs by Connor Mchugh (@pyroscopic). Goines is an internationally-recognized flameworker known for his

Simone Crestani Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (July 18, 2018)
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrates hollow sculpting at the torch. See the final object starting at 1:00:00. An introspective and self-taught artist, Crestani has put together all of the lessons he’s learned and the experience he’s gained, to break away from the traditional glassmaking of Murano.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Guest Artist Demonstration (July 19, 2018)
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Watch Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck collaborate to create a large wrapped glass bowl. See the final object out of the annealer starting at 1:29:14. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a

Blaschkas’ Glass Models of Invertebrate Animals (1863–1890)
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The story of the Blaschkas begins in the small town of Böhmisch Aicha (now Cˇesky´ Dub in the Czech Republic), where Leopold’s father continued the family tradition of flameworking. When Leopold was a student, his favorite  subjects were natural history and painting, and a visiting artist urged him

General catalogue No. G23: Pressed tableware, tumblers, stemware, cut glass, etc. / McKee Glass Co., Jeannette, Pa.
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McKee Glass Company, Jeannette, PA, USA. 28854 Pressed tableware, tumblers, stemware, cut glass, etc. Jeannette, Pa.: McKee Glass Co., [1923?] 92 p.: entirely ill.; 27 x 36 cm. Tableware: McKee Glass Company, Jeannette, PA, USA (F-13T) Trade catalog. Index in front. Also includes stationers'

Mobile Hot Shop
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The Mobile Hot Shop takes the Corning Museum of Glass live glassmaking experience on the road, bringing the artistry and education of glassmaking beyond the walls of the museum – to the public, the design community, and museums worldwide. The Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop uses unique

Micke Johansson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Micke Johansson demonstrate his unique style of glassworking in the Amphitheater Hot Shop during his demonstration on July 12, 2018. See the final piece out of the annealer at 1:53:40. Micke Johansson is a master glassblower and designer from Sweden. When he was 16 years old,

Guest Artist Demonstration: Bertil Vallien
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Renowned artist Bertil Vallien demonstrates the art of sandcasting in the Amphitheater Hot Shop using found pieces from The Studio. Vallien gave a lecture on the technique of sandcasting, a process that he is largely responsible for developing, at the Museum on April 20, 2015. Vallien is the most

Guest Artist Lecture: Bertil Vallien
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Renowned for his sculptures in glass which appear to enclose light in the interior of the object, Bertil Vallien talks about the technique of sand casting, a process that he is largely responsible for developing. Bertil Vallien is the most widely recognized and admired artist working in glass in

Does Glass Flow?
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(No, It Doesn't Flow—read on for details) Early one spring morning in 1946, Clarence Hoke was holding forth in his chemistry class at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. "Glass is actually a liquid." the North Carolina native told us in his soft Southern tones. "You can

Don't Try This At Home
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See the Don't Try This At Home demo this summer, one of 50+ live glass demonstrations at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Heather Spiewak Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artist Heather Spiewak create a vessel using four separate pieces of cut glass in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on June 28, 2018. See the finished vessel starting at 1:07:47. A member of the Hot Glass Team, Heather Spiewak graduated from Illinois State University, where she studied studio

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