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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Gayla Lee: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Gayla Lee was first entranced by glass at the age of 8 when she encountered a glassblower at a Renaissance festival. Her fascination with the material eventually led her to an apprenticeship in a Baltimore glass studio at the age of 20. Lee took Davide Salvadore's class, Creating and Using

GlassLab Design Session: Wendell Castle
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Designer Wendell Castle describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 19- 20, 2012.

Studio Demonstrations: Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban
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Watch Gianni Toso & Matthew Urban demonstrate for their Studio course, Reinterpreting Italian Techniques, which will focus on reinterpreting the glassblowing techniques that defined Italian glass in the modern era, between 1930 and 1960. A broad survey of hot-working techniques, including

GlassLab Design Session: Sigi Moeslinger & Masamichi Udagawa
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Designers Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, June 26- 27, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Dan Ipp & Tom Zogas
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RIT Metaproject students Dan Ipp and Tom Zogas describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 3- 4, 2012.

Studio Demonstrations: Michael Schunke
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Watch as Michael Schunke demonstrated goblet-making skills for his Studio course, Goblet Thinking for the Modern World. Students detached from expectations and remained open to the unexpected, enabling both success and—more importantly—failure. Students learned the skills to manage these opposite

Studio Demonstrations: Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz
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Watch Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz demonstrate for their Studio course, A Step-by-Step Approach, in which focus was on refining skills of basic forms such as the tumbler, cylinder, bowl, and bottle. Moving logically from one shape to the next helped students build a solid foundation for the

Studio Demonstrations: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart demonstrate for their Studio course, Flameworking Cocktail, in which the focus was on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills. Students were introduced to various techniques using both soft (soda lime) and hard (borosilicate)

Studio Demonstrations: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which will focus on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing the freedom to explore process, as well as the potential of the material.

GlassLab Design Session: Jon Otis
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Designer Jon Otis describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 17 and 18, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Tom Scott
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Designer Tom Scott describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 24 and 25, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Marc Thorpe
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Designer Marc Thorpe describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 10- 11, 2012.

Studio Demonstrations: Emilio Santini
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Watch Emilio Santini demonstrate various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate and soda lime glass for his 2012 Studio course, Sculptural Flameworking.

GlassLab Design Session: Michele Oka Doner
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Designer Michele Oka Doner describes working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, July 31 through August 1, 2012.

GlassLab Design Session: Constantin & Laurene Boym
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Designers Constantin and Laurene Boym describe working at GlassLab during a design session at The Corning Museum of Glass, August 7 and 8, 2012.

Studio Demonstrations: Ethan Stern
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Watch Ethan Stern demonstrate for his Studio course, Form and Surface: An Anatomy Lesson, glassblowing through a sculptural lens, focusing on form, scale, layering, and color application techniques.

AIDA Scholarship recipient Lisbeth Biger studies pâte de verre with the Higuchis
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With the assistance of a scholarship awarded to her by the Association of Israel's Decorative Arts (AIDA), Lisbeth Biger an instructor at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, made the trip to Corning from Israel this summer to study pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake

Lauren Hunt: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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Drawn to functional forms more than abstract designs, and inspired by makers such as Boyd Sugiki and The Studio's own resident artist Bill Gudenrath, Lauren Hunt gets motivation from her surroundings at The Studio. The skill of these masters is "what you strive for," and Lauren

Brandyn Callahan: Celebrity Cruise Scholarship Recipient
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In Portland, Oregon, when he was just 10 years old, Brandyn Callahan learned from his mother how to make fused glass. His interest in glass led him to flameworking and glassblowing classes and, after high school, a glassblowing apprenticeship. Brandyn now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he

Studio Demonstrations: Tim Drier
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Watch Tim Drier demonstrate for his class, Introduction to Flameworking, in which students will embark on an evolution through glassmaking, beginning with marbles (single cell), through fungus, aquatics, and small land mammals, ending with the human form.

Studio Demonstrations: Loren Stump
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Watch Loren Stump demonstrate for his Studio course, Flameworking Using Ultimate Details, advanced murrine techniques including color blending, design analysis, shaded components, and assembling and pulling cane to produce Franchini-style shaded faces. Students examined methods for creating human

Studio Demonstration: Lino Tagliapietra (Demo Two)
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Many American studio glass artists turned to the traditional glassworking centers of Venice, central Europe, and Scandinavia for inspiration and knowledge. Lino Tagliapietra, the highly influential Italian maestro and teacher, provided a special glassblowing demonstration for the Museum's

Studio Demonstration: Lino Tagliapietra (Demo One)
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Many American studio glass artists turned to the traditional glassworking centers of Venice, central Europe, and Scandinavia for inspiration and knowledge. Lino Tagliapietra, the highly influential Italian maestro and teacher, provided a special glassblowing demonstration for the Museum's

Artist-in-Residence: Ingalena Klenell
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In her May 2012 Residency at The Studio, Ingalena Klenell worked on a project called Travelers. The project is based on the history of cultural exchange in trade relations between Venice and Egypt, inspired by a collection of glass shards found in Egypt that date from 1100 A.D. to 1400 A.D.

Artist-in-Residence: Marta Ramírez
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In her May 2012 Residency at The Studio, Marta Ramírez interpreted the works of Shinichi Maruyama, a Japanese artist and photographer who has developed an artistic body of work called Water Sculptures.

2300°: Americana (November 15, 2012)
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents its popular 2300° series of art happenings each year, featuring live music, hot glassmaking, and great food and drink. This video gives you an inside look at the festivities at 2300°: Americana (November 15, 2012), including music by The Andrew and Noah Band,

Artist-in-Residence: Joanna Manousis
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In her October 2012 Residency at The Studio, Joanna Manousis worked on a new body of work that alludes to both nature and to man-made artifice. She created a series of blown molded forms in clear glass that have thin layers of pâte de verre strategically inlaid into the blown surfaces.

John Miller at 2300°: Americana (November 2012)
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Artist John Miller creates his super-sized "Blue-Plate Specials" in glass at the Hot Glass Show during 2300°: Americana. Watch as he turns some American clas...

Pablo Soto at 2300°: Salsa (December 2012)
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At the December 2012 2300°: Salsa, guest artist Pablo Soto created vibrant blue glass vessels in front of a lively crowd. We caught up with him after the show to see what he's been working on lately.

Studio Demonstrations: Raven Skyriver
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Watch Raven Skyriver demonstrate for his Under Construction class at The Studio. In this sculpting class, students learned how to construct the objects that they have been visualizing but haven't yet tackled. Students explored complex color application using the powder booth, emploedy the use

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