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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Gloucester Glass Works
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Clementon, New Jersey circa 1800-1825 The Gloucester Glass Works was apparently established about 1800 and from that date until about 1820 made a variety of bottles typical of the period. 1 From then until about 1825, the works seem to have been used for the production of window glass. On December

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.

The Seasons Vase
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The "Vase des Saisons" is the name given by Jean de Foville to a cameo glass bottle in the Cabinet des Medailles et Antiques of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. (Figs. A, B, C "Alabastron en verre camée" (Camée.623)). The object may be described as follows: H. (as restored) 16

Islamic, Byzantine, or Roman? An Unusual Fragment from the Smith Collection
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Among the objects from the collection of Ray Winfield Smith that are in The Corning Museum of Glass, one relief-cut fragment has provoked widely divergent views about its identity. 1 The object (Fig. 1), which Smith acquired in Cairo, may be described as follows: Fragment with eagle [55.1.148].

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

The St. Michael's Mosaic: Understanding the Full Picture
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Hear from Tiffany's Glass Mosaics curators Kelly Conway and Lindsy Parrott as they detail a series of discoveries related to the mosaics installed at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in New York City. Learn how these revelations allowed the curators to achieve their goals of

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Untitled (White) by American artist Josiah McElheny, who reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists, used to create Endeavor. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of Tagliapietra's native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the

Chihuly Fern Green Tower- Family
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Listen as curators Tina Oldknow and David Whitehouse describe Fern Green Tower by American artist Dale Chihuly. Northwest native Chihuly calls glass "the most magical of materials." He is probably the best-known artist working in blown glass today, and his sculptures and chandeliers are

Libenský Red Pyramid- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Red Pyramid by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Libenský and Brychtová, a husband and wife team, collaborated for more than 40 years. These artists pioneered the technique of mold-melting, where chunks of glass are placed in molds,

McElheny Untitled (White)- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques American artist Josiah McElheny used to create Untitled (White). McElheny reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.

Karel Black Cube- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Black Cube by Czech artist Marian Karel. Despite its name, Black Cube is not really a cube. Each side slightly bulges as though there is some sort of energy pushing the walls outward.

Reynolds Family Matter- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes the object Family Matter by American artist Jill Reynolds.

Contemporary Chairs- Family
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Some of this furniture was designed to be used, while other pieces are purely decorative. Ghost Chair, on the left, is sturdy enough for use; likewise, Danny Lane's Etruscan Chair on the far right was also designed for sitting.

Libenský Installation- Family Technique
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Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath describes the techniques used to create Meteor, Flower, Bird by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Libenský and Brychtová convey three messages with this sculpture: Meteor, on the left, represents Corning as an international center for

Marquis Marquiscarpa- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Marquiscarpa by American artist Richard Marquis. Using techniques that originated in Italy, Marquis pays homage to the great Italian designer Carlo Scarpa.

Tagliapietra Endeavor- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Endeavor by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of his native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the different surface textures.

Bertil Vallien, Unknown Destination II- Family
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Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Unknown Destination II by Swedish artist Bertil Vallien. Vallien created a series of boats that remind us of journeys. He filled the boats with objects that reference the past and time.

Paperweights- Family
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Listen as curator David Whitehouse describes the stages of making a paperweight.

Meet the Artist: Steven I. Weinberg and Joel Philip Myers
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Corning Museum of Glass, November 1, 2007 Tina Oldknow: Hi. I’m Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. On November 2, 2007, we opened Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg, the first in a series of exhibitions highlighting the works of

Robert Hewes, Glass Manufacturer
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Robert Hewes of Boston is chiefly known among students of American glass as the man who tried unsuccessfully to found a glass factory at Temple, New Hampshire, in 1780-1781. The possibility that The Corning Museum of Glass might undertake an archaeological investigation of the Temple site led the

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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Beginning in the 13th century, the philosophies, scientific discoveries, and artistic achievements of East Asia gradually became known in Europe. The Chinese began large-scale international trade during the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), exchanging goods with Western merchant travelers. 1 The

In-Cider Information | Behind the Glass Lecture
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New York is the second largest apple-producing region in the United States. The cideries in this state are doing amazing things with apples, drawing international attention and acclaim in recent years. Pair this with the Museum’s talented glassmakers, and you have the planted the seeds for a

Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen demonstrate for their class, Working it Out: Hot Glass Sculpting, different ways of sculpting the bubble, solid working, applying color and surface textures, including "hot de verre." Students will gain a better understanding of torch

Catherine Labonté Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch artist Catherine Labonté work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop as part of her appearance at Adopt A Glass Pet Day at The Corning Museum of Glass. Not only did Labonté show her unique working style, but she also unveiled a new animal created just for this event.

Samantha's Thinking Cap | You Design It; We Make It
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The summer's last You Design It; We Make It! comes from Samantha, age 10. She says, "My drawing is a thinking cap and I filled it with all my designs." Watch as gaffer Tom Ryder brings Samantha's design to life.

Lewis Olson Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Lewis Olson, a member of the Hot Glass Demo team, demonstrates his talents as an artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop from August 31, 2017.

Salt Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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In this week's demo, watch as Salt demonstrates for his class, Sculpture and Lampworking Technique, an exploration of contemporary functional flameworking techniques. Take a look into a class at The Studio and watch as internationally renowned faculty demonstrate for their classes ranging from

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