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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Artist-in-Residence: Shelley James
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Shelley James' work is the result of practiced technical precision and researched techniques. Over the past six years, she has focused her work on "combining the optical qualities of glass with the graphic range of print to explore the dialogue between eye and brain." James studied

North Wing Addition Steel Wall Timelapse
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One of the most exciting moments in the construction of the North Wing took place April 5 and 6, 2014. The final piece of the steel structure that forms the walls of the contemporary gallery was put into place. This was the single largest piece of steel installed on the site. Three enormous pieces

Artist-in-Residence: Alison Lowry
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Hear from Irish artist Alison Lowry about her Residency at The Studio.

What did you do today at the Corning Museum of Glass?
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No experience is necessary. From hot glassworking, to flameworking, to fusing, to sandblasting—you and your family can do just about anything with glass, wit...

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: DH McNabb
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Watch as D.H. McNabb demonstrates for his class, Glass: A Fluid Transfer of Knowledge, which focused on strengthening students' understanding of glassblowing fundamentals including good posture and stance, efficient motion, and team cohesion.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Christopher Watts
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Watch as Christopher Watts demonstrates for his class, A Poacher's Tour of Europe, an overview of the variety of techniques that are used in different areas of the world.

Narrated Chevron Beadmaking Demonstration
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This 6-minute version of a Chevron bead demonstration, narrated by William Gudenrath, shows the various stages of creating a Chevron bead, from the hot, blown glass component, through the lapidary steps required to finish.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath
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Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, which focuses on creating a firm foundation in the basic movements of Venetian-style glassblowing.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Karina Guévin & Cédric Ginart
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Watch as Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart demonstrated for their 2014 class, Flameworking Cocktail, which focused on providing beginners with a solid foundation in basic technical skills using both soft (soda lime) and hard (borosilicate) glass.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Ben Dombey
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Watch as Ben Dombey demonstrates for his class, Smarter Bubbles, how to develop a deeper understanding of the material and a more practical approach to glassworking.

Artist-in-Residence: Jenny Trinks
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Complex but logically composed, Jenny Trinks' works are inspired by architecture and urban spaces. 

Artist-in-Residence: Steven Ciezki
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Cups and vessel forms are the founding influence on Steven Ciezki's body of work. Achieving these shapes has led him to experiment and apply theory to his process. His work has been exhibited in select group shows across the United States. His early works are a series of "three

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck
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Watch as Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate for their 2014 class, Cups and Color, how goblet-making was supplemented with an intense focus on color chemistry and melting practice. 

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Simone Crestani
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrated for his class, Developing Your Idea in Boro, how to find the best flameworking techniques to develop their projects.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Kenny Pieper
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Watch as Kenny Pieper demonstrates for his class, Form and Techniques, which focused on traditional and not-so-traditional techniques for making vessels, goblets, and other forms.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath (August 13, 2014)
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William Gudenrath demonstrates a second time this summer, again showing an introduction to Venetian-style glassblowing.  From 13:45 to 22:14 take a behind-the-scenes look at what happens the morning of our live-streamed demos. Meet the AV team who sets up and runs the show, and learn more about the

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky (August 20, 2014)
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Watch as Martin Janecky demonstrates for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which focused on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Davide Penso (August 27, 2014)
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Watch as Davide Penso demonstrated for his class, Venetian-Style Glass Beads, how to create blown beads utilizing the traditional techniques used at the furnace, but with a “baby pipe."

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Livio Seguso
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. Most recently, he visited Murano, Italy, where he talked with artist Livio Seguso.

Behind the Glass: The Art of Seeing at a Distance with Dr. Marvin Bolt
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In 1608, the telescope's unveiling took place at a peace conference between Dutch and Spanish authorities. Which aspects of glass prevented the telescope's invention until 1608, and then enabled its quick spread? Over the past decade, Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of Science and Technology at

Amber Cowan: 2014 Rakow Commission Artist
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Artist Amber Cowan discusses her work and the 2014 Rakow Commission, Garden of the Forgotten and Extinct.

Lino Tagliapietra at The Studio: Making "Africa"
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David Whitehouse was intrigued by contemporary artists with a link to history. He especially admired the talents of his treasured friend, Lino Tagliapietra. One of the Studio Glass Movement giants, Tagliapietra creates work rooted in Venetian tradition, but innovative in style and depth. This is a

Meet the 2014 Rakow Commission Artist: Amber Cowan
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Hear a lecture from the 2014 Rakow Commission artist Amber Cowan. In her sculptures, Cowan flameworks, fuses, and hot-sculpts recycled, upcycled, and second-life glass–usually American pressed.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Victor Trabucco (January 14, 2015)
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Watch as Victor Trabucco demonstrated for his class, Paperweight Techniques and Inclusions, how to create flowers and fruit with soft glass, using overlay rods and colored enamels to make three-dimensional designs that are encased in clear glass.

Whitefriars Archive at The Rakow Research Library
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Hear from Chief Librarian Jim Galbraith on the recently acquired Whitefriars archive at The Rakow Research Library. The Library received a National Leadership Grant for Libraries; Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help conserve and digitize

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Dario Frare
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. Most recently, he visited Murano, Italy, where he talked with artist Dario Frare.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck at 2300°
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Hear from artist Michael Schunke with music by the Ithaca-based Sim Redmond Band.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Igor Balbi
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Museum demonstration supervisor and glass artist Eric Goldschmidt travels the world to gain deeper insight into the art, craft, science, history, and future of glass and the culture that surrounds the material. Most recently, he visited Venice, Italy, where he talked with artist Igor Balbi.

Behind the Glass: Invention in Early Glassblowing- The Road to Ennion with Bill Gudenrath
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The technique of glassblowing appeared in Jerusalem in the middle of the first century B.C., and over the course of the next century, this discovery led to additional extraordinary technological developments.  Shortly after the discovery of glassblowing, the glassmaker Ennion established the

Installation of Kiki Smith's Constellation in the New Contemporary Art + Design Wing
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Watch the Museum's team install Kiki Smith's Constellation in the Special Projects Gallery of the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass, which opened March 20, 2015. Constellation is an installation based on the night sky. The circular field of leaves of

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