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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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

Artist in Residence: Eliza Au (April 2010)
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April 2010 Artist-in-Residence Eliza Au used the lost wax casting method to create a delicate glass prayer rug, meant to reflect the fragility of religion and belief. Much of her work is influenced by Gothic wrought-iron fences or Islamic tile and textile patterns.

Meet the Artist: Michael Rogers
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This Meet the Artist lecture by Michael Rogers was recorded on March 29, 2007. Michael Rogers combines glass and found objects in his symbolically-charged work. There is a strong literary character to his vessels and sculpture, which are often covered in writing. The words are sometimes quotes from

Meet the Artist: Kristina Logan
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Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create both jewelry and functional objects. A committed educator, Logan travels extensively, teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and

Meet the Artist: Tom Patti
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Tom Patti is a widely respected artist who has devoted much of his career to researching different formulations of glasses and hot-forming techniques and to exploring industrial and architectural glass as a sculptural medium. Over the last 35 years, he has used glass to build and define spaces that

Artist in Residence: Beth Lipman (April 2011)
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Beth Lipman, artist-in-residence at The Studio, discusses her work.

Meet the Artist: Susan Plum
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Plum envisions a world that is inclusive, culturally diverse, and aesthetically vital, and she has cultivated an artistic language that makes connections between the mythic world and the real. In her installations, she seeks to create a space in which to experience unity and connectedness despite

2011 Hot Glass Roadshow: Glass Art Society (Seattle)
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Introduction to the Hot Glass Roadshow at the Glass Art Society Conference in Seattle, June 1-5, 2011.

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

Meet the New Executive Director Karol Wight
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Listen in as Karol Wight, the Museum's new executive director, provides a short lecture to Members.

(No sound) Façon de Venise Goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a Façon de Venise (a French term meaning "manner, or style, of Venice") goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

(No sound) Nuremburg Goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a Nuremburg goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500--1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

(No sound) Spanish Wine Glass
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This video shows the technique of making a Spanish wine glass, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

(No sound) St. Augustin (Rouen) Goblet
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This video shows the technique of making a St. Augustin (Rouen) Goblet, an object in the exhibition Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style 1500-1750, which was on view at The Corning Museum of Glass from May 20, 2004, to January 2, 2005.

Glass Snowman by George Kennard
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Watch as our glassblowers build our snowmen out of glass! This glassy couple was created by George Kennard and a team of glassblowers in The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass.

Studio Demonstrations: Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco
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Watch Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco demonstrate for their Studio course, Fiore e Angeli (Flowers and Angels), in which they share their signature flameworking styles and techniques in a celebration of flowers and angels.

Heat Sensitive Glass
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Glass that gradually shades from one color to another has ingredients such as uranium and gold, which are sensitive to heat. When part of the object is reheated, it "strikes" or changes color. Heat-sensitive glass became very popular in the late 19th century. Many companies used heat

Studio Demonstrations: Loren Stump
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Watch Loren Stump demonstrate for his Studio course, Advanced Floral Murrine, how to use to use a variety of complex murrine components to achieve high detail in miniature floral design. January 11, 2012, at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Studio Demonstrations: Max Erlacher
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Watch Max Erlacher demonstrate for his Studio course, Engraving and Cold Working Techniques, in which this master engraver shares his knowledge of copper, stone, and diamond engraving, and cold working techniques. Max Erlacher has more than 40 years of experience with copper, stone, diamond

Studio Demonstrations: William Gudenrath
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Watch William Gudenrath demonstrate for his Refining and Solidifying Your Techniques class at The Studio. Gudenrath's class focuses on advanced Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses, and blown feet and stems.

Studio Demonstrations: Kristina Logan
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Watch as Kristina Logan demonstrates beadmaking during her Beadmaking: Expanding Your Skills class at The Studio. Logan's week-long course focuses on a broad spectrum of techniques: surface decorations, dots galore, clear casing, working large beads, and troubleshooting common mistakes and

Twist Glass
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In the 1930s, the Pairpoint Glass Corporation introduced a bold new design called "twist glass," consisting of swirled stripes of ruby or deep blue glass and clear crystal. The complicated technique, already used in Sweden, required many stages including cold working. Watch as William

Sicilian Glass
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In the second half of the 19th century, many glass firms used experimental techniques to create decorative art glass. In 1878, the Mt. Washington glass company introduced Sicilian glass. As part of their marketing, the company claimed to have used lava, that is, molten rock spewed out by volcanoes,

Reticello
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates the Reticello technique. Reticello (Italian, "glass with a small network"), is a type of blown glass made with canes organized in a crisscross pattern to form a fine net, which may contain tiny air traps.

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