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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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).

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

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.

HQ Version: How do you make the World's Largest Blown Glass Pumpkin?
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Make sure you watch this in HQ! Take 70 pounds of molten glass on the end of a blowpipe, lots of trial-and-error glassblowing sessions, and a team of highly-skilled glassmakers, and see what they come up with! At the Corning Museum of Glass in The Studio, a team of gaffers, led by George Kennard,

Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky
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Toots Zynsky's distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels enjoy a widespread popularity and deserved acclaim for their often extraordinary and always unique explorations in color. Defying categorization, her pieces inhabit a region all their own, interweaving the traditions of painting,

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Studio instructor, Martin Janecky, demonstrate hot sculpting for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble in June 2011.

Artist in Residence: Marie Retpen (April 2010)
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April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Marie Retpen was hot working large pieces that would eventually become part of a large installation. She finds inspiration for her surreal works from the novels Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the movie The Terminator.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass: From the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties (Revised)
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Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, was one of America's longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957), one that rivaled its better known contemporaries, Tiffany and Steuben. It constantly reinvented and re-invigorated its business through creativity in texture,

Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath
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Experience the genius of master glassmaker William Gudenrath in the latest installment of the Glass Masters at Work series. Like the others in the series, this film was shot at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass by award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman.

Davide Salvadore: 2011 Studio Demo
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At The Studio, Davide Salvadore instructed on how to apply murrine to blown glass vessels and a Muranese technique called tociar piere. Salvadore comes from a tradition of glassworkers in Murano, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for glass. Davide Salvadore led a week-long workshop in

Glass Masters at Work: Pino Signoretto
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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman catches the drama and intensity of maestro Pino Signoretto creating his inventive works in glass. Filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and dramatically set to music for a dazzling sensory experience, this film allows students, artists,

Martin Janecky- Blown Sculpting
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Watch as glass artist Martin Janecky demonstrates blown sculpting as he creates one of his signature pieces.

Master Class 8: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore
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Davide Salvadore speaks of his profound love and respect for glass, and his family. He demonstrates working with murrine. Master Class VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (30 minute DVD presented by The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass).

Keke Cribbs and Ross Richmond Demo: 2011 Glass Art Society Roadshow (Seattle)
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Keke Cribbs and Ross Richmond Demo at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part Two
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th or 14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob

Jim Mongrain's Roadshow Demo: 2011 Glass Art Society (Seattle)
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Jim Mongrain's Hot Glass Roadshow demo at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.

Emilio Santini- Artist's Choice Tour
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Emilio Santini speaks about his favorite Livio Seguso pieces within the Voices of Contemporary Glass exhibit at The Corning Museum of Glass.

60 Years- Hot Glass around the World
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Outreach is an important part of the Museum's mission. Each year, the Museum's mobile hot shop travels to art fairs and other museums, providing live glassblowing demonstrations. An all-electric hot shop also sits on the top deck of three Celebrity Cruises ships, where Museum glassmakers

Coloring Glass
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Learn about how glass is colored with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Colored glass is made by adding small amounts of metal oxides to the batch.

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries
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East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th & 19th Centuries at The Corning Museum of Glass November 18, 2010- October 30, 2011, explored the cultural exchanges of glassmaking between the East and West and documents stylistic developments in Western Europe and East

Installing Still Life with Two Plums at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Watch as Warren Bunn and his team install Still Life with Two Plums by Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Prunted Beaker Restoration- Part One
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Watch as our conservator, Stephen Koob, restores a 13th or 14th-century prunted beaker for the 2010 exhibition, Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants. This piece was on loan from the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Shaffhausen, in Switzerland. With painstaking care and precision Koob

Steve Gibbs at 2300°
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Steve Gibbs, the Museum's Hot Glass Programs manager, and the creative mastermind behind the Museum's popular 2300° events, demonstrated his own glassworking artistry at the December 2010 event. Here he talks about 2300° and about the work he created during the event.

Making a Goblet from Parts
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It doesn't get more complicated than this! Here is the Renaissance Venetian way of making an ornate dragon-stemmed goblet. Pre-made parts are attached using small bits of molten glass as "glue."

Meet the Artist: Zora Palová
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Artist and 2008 Rakow Commission recipient Zora Palová presented a lecture about her work in October, 2009. Palová lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she creates large-scale cast glass sculpture with her husband, the glass sculptor Štěpán Pala. Palová's use of the material is

Meet the Artist: Beth Lipman
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Beth Lipman was recorded on June 11, 2007. Lipman creates hand-sculpted still lifes in glass, which most often take the form of sumptuous foods and/or fragile tablewares arranged on a base, in a frame, and later, on tables and other furnishings. Her works explore

Meet the Artists: Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent
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Jiri Harcuba, a renowned artist and educator, is known for his simple, yet elegant, portraits in glass. He treats all his subjects in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical effects to create their individual profiles. His student and emerging artist, April Surgent, takes

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