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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Life on a String: Beadmaking
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Beads can be wound, drawn, molded, or blown. There are many variations of these techniques. Explore glass beadmaking in Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the of the Glass Bead, May 18, 2013 through Jan 5, 2014 at The Corning Museum of Glass. Symbolizing power, enabling ornamentation, and

Sam Drumgoole at 2300°: Hot Blues (February 2013)
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2300°: Hot Blues featured visiting glass artist Sam Drumgoole who currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Sam has worked with Dale Chihuly in Seattle and studied at Pilchuck and Alfred University before opening his own studio. For 2300°, Sam worked with Museum

Studio Demonstration: John Kobuki
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Watch John Kobuki demonstrate for his Studio course, Flower Marbles, the compression technique used to make flowers and  and other deeply encased designs in borosilicate glass. John Kobuki has been working with glass since 1995. He is known for making marbles with the compression technique. Kobuki

Studio Demonstration: Stephanie Sersich
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Watch as Stephanie Sersich demonstrates for her 2013 class, Beadmaking: Jewelry Components, Pendants, Buttons and Beyond, the many different kinds of jewelry components—pendants, buttons, focal, and accent beads—using traditional and nontraditional flameworking techniques.

Studio Demonstration: Feather & Rosenberg
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Watch Beccy Feather and Alex Rosenberg demonstrate for their class, Kill Your Darlings. This furnace working class asked students to consider the difference between 'my process' and 'my practice' and how the act of 'making' influences the ideas behind what artists make

Meet the Artist: Michael Glancy
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Hear from artist Michael Glancy, whose abstract vessels explore nature, science, and metaphysics. Glancy's pieces begin as cell-like patterns and arcane notations jotted down on paper. The objects slowly acquire form and texture, shaped and revealed by cutting, sandblasting, and the

Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini & Simone Crestani
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Watch as Emilio Santini and Simone Crestani demonstrated for their 2013 class, Flameworking for Everybody, various sculpting and glassblowing techniques using borosilicate and soft glass.

Studio Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch Davide Salvadore demonstrate for his furnace working class, Creating and Using Murrine, a Muranese technique called tociar piere—the roll-up technique.

Studio Demonstration: Ross Richmond
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Watch as Ross Richmond demonstrated for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, the unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, emphasizing a freedom to explore process, and the potential of the material.

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

Creating the Watkins Glen International NASCAR Trophy
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This video tells the story of the making of the trophy for The Watkins Glen International 2013 Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen and the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Corning Museum glassmaker Eric Meek drew upon glassmaking traditions and fine craftsmanship to realize the modern, elegant form, which

Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, Refining and Solidifying Your Technique, in which students who have previously studied with Gudenrath are invited to review and refresh their Venetian techniques: well-formed and thinly blown vessel bodies, excellent necks, delicate mereses,

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Jiyong Lee
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Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Ill. An associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin
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Watch Davide Fuin as he demonstrates for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, where he shares his vast knowledge and considerable Venetian-style glassblowing skills.

Studio Demonstration: David Willis
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Watch David Willis demonstrate for his flameworking class, Make What You Like, to help students fabricate in glass anything they can conceive.

North Wing Addition Concrete Pour Time-Lapse
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A major milestone in the construction of the Museum's North Wing Addition has been reached. Beginning at 5 am on the morning of August 19, 2013, over 40 trucks brought in over 400 cubic yards of concrete to begin pouring the floor of what will be the 26,000 square foot contemporary gallery.

Robin Cass at 2300°: Girlfriends (March 2013)
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2300°: Girlfriends featured visiting Rochester, N.Y., glass artist and RIT professor Robin Cass, and a team of her students. Watch as she works with her team to create a form that highlights glass as a material. Cass studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, became inspired by glass, and got

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Denise Stillwaggon Leone
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Denise Stillwaggon Leone studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She designs and fabricates architectural art glass commissions for site-specific installations, and has participated in numerous private and public art competitions. Her work can be found in public spaces of

Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky
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Watch Martin Janecky demonstrate for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, on August 21, 2013.

Studio Demonstration: Cesare Toffolo
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Watch as Cesare Toffolo demonstrates for his class, Flameworking in the Venetian Style, the traditional approaches for creating Venetian-style goblets using borosilicate glass and a variety of techniques, including color application, filigree, gold leaf, incalmo, air trapped bubbles, and hot

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

2300º: Hot Blues (February 2013)
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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°: Hot Blues (February 21, 2013), including music by the Kelly Bell Band, and

A Conversation with the 2013 Rakow Commission Artist Andrew Erdos
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The title of Andrew Erdos' 2013 Rakow Commission is Ghost Walk Under Infinite Darkness. Erdos' titles often reference ghosts and time, which he considers to be core fascinations of humans as physically intangible but always present entities and emanations. For the Rakow Commission, Erdos

Kate Fowle Meleney at 2300°: GlassFest Bead Extravaganza (May 2013)
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2300°: GlassFest Bead Extravaganza featured artist Kate Fowle Meleney, who demonstrated beadmaking in celebration of the opening of the 2013 exhibition, Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead.

Meet the 2013 Rakow Commission Artist: Andrew Erdos
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Hear a lecture by the 2013 Rakow Commission artist Andrew Erdos. The artwork of Erdos is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of social commentary. His over-the-top installations create a situation of sensory overload, which he sees as a reflection of everyday life in urban culture, especially

Artist-in-Residence: Anna Mlasowsky
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In her April 2013 Residency at The Studio, Anna Mlasowsky created an installation for her solo exhibition at The Factory Museum, in Boda, Sweden. Her goal was to materialize sound through a process based on Cymatics, from the Greek word for wave meaning the study of visible sound and vibrations.

Artist-in-Residence: Melinda Willis
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During her March 2013 Residency at The Studio, Melinda Willisn explored layering and imagery. Through casting, slumping, laminating, and cold working techniques, combined with the use of ceramic decals and mirrored elements, Willis constructed complex assembled glass pieces.

Junior Scientists at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Become a Junior Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore the role of a scientist through hands-on investigation. Students in grades 7 through 9 are invited to join Museum educators, local scientists, and glassworking experts to discover glass properties and processes and to conduct

Artist-in-Residence: Barbara Idzikowska
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Barbara Idzikowska has been fascinated by glass for more than 20 years. Living and working in Wrocław, Poland, she seeks to give ideas material form through her work in glass. In 2004, she established Atelier Si, Pb..., a studio of drawing on glass, with the graphic designer Eugeniusz Get

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Janusz Poźniak
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Watch Janusz Poźniak strengthen students' understanding of glassblowing fundamentals for his 2014 class, Blowing Your Mind.

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