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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Faux Reticello
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This vessel is made using faux reticello, which produces an appearance similar to traditional reticello without the bubble at the intersection of the canes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The

Origins, Inspirations, and Unprecedented Extrapolations: Confessions of a Glass Sphere Maker
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Join Mark Matthews as he presents his Behind the Glass lecture "Origins, Inspirations, and Unprecedented Extrapolations: Confessions of a Glass Sphere Maker." Described by Matthews as a "comprehensive jaunt through my odyssey," he traces his development as a glass sphere artist

2300° with Larkin Poe and Jaime Guerrero
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November's 2300° event featured artist Jaime Guerrero who joined the Hot Glass Demo team in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for his demonstration titled Refugees and Pinatas. Larkin Poe, an edgy folk-rock band formed by Atlanta-based sisters Megan and Rebecca, brought their high energy and

Mark Matthews Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Mark Matthews demonstrates for his class, Graphic and Color Systems in Glass, which focused on freehand use of colored rods, powders, frits, and techniques such as color overlaying and cane making, to create combinations of graphic patterns and experiment with integrated color schemes.

2300° with Alli Hoag and The Mudmen
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At the December 2015 2300° event, visual artist Alli Hoag, performance artist Tinna Thorsteindottir, and their team from Bowling Green State University collaborated with our Hot Glass Demo team to bring sound and sight together for an unforgettable performance. Music by the high-energy and fun

Guest Artist Demonstration: James Mongrain
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See master gaffer James Mongrain and our Hot Glass Demo team explore traditional Venetian and Italian forms during Mongrain's extended stay as a guest artist in our Amphitheater Hot Shop. In this demo, Mongrain makes the decorative glass animals used later in the week in his 2300° demo. Watch

2300° Fire and Ice with James Mongrain and Wild Adriatic
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Guest artist James Mongrain took over the Amphitheater Hot Shop in this unforgettable 2300° glassmaking demo. Mongrain is known for his mastery of traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques and goblet-making skills and in this demo he made a large-scale work decorated with glass animals created

Behind the Glass: Yasuaki Kakehi
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How can technologies enhance human sensation, imagination, skill, communication? These are the questions Yasuaki Kakehi seeks to address through his experiments with interactive tools, toys, and sculptures. An artist, scientist, and technologist, Kakehi challenges our perception of the boundaries

SPACE: Real and Imagined | Tom Patti: Behind the Glass
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In his Behind the Glass lecture, SPACE: Real and Imagined, Tom Patti, who recently completed a Specialty Glass Residency in Corning, discusses his life and projects, including work created during his residency. Patti is the second artist to have completed this residency program, which is offered to

Lens Making in the 1600s
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Three centuries ago, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made hundreds of simple microscopes. He experimented with at least three methods to make their tiny lenses but kept his techniques secret. Based on scholarly research, this video made by The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how van Leeuwenhoek might

Corning Little Joe Tube Tower- Tin Pan Time Machine Project
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A short historical documentary initially premiered at the 2016 Glass Arts Society conference via public viewing stations.

Lampworking in the 1800s
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Watch a functional, preserved 19th-century wooden lampworking table, complete with a leather bellows, in action. The Museum’s wooden table is equipped with a foot-operated bellows that acts as an air compressor, pushing air through two hollowed out wooden pipes built into the table. The crossed

Gathering Glass from the Furnace
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Watch what's happening inside the furnace when glassmakers take a gather. Animation by Brian Hewitt, Designer/Front-End Developer, and gathering and narration by Eric Meek, Hot Glass Show/GlassLab Manager.

Nick Mount Live-Streamed Studio Demo (June 15, 2016)
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Watch as Nick Mount demonstrates for his class, Taking the Next Step, which worked on a variety of forms and decorative techniques intended to push students to the next level. See the final piece starting at 1:27:34.

Lucio Bubacco Live-Streamed Studio Demo (June 8, 2016)
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Low relief of glass is not simply the combination of kiln casting and flameworking. It is the creation of a new outcome: a new vision and a new point of view. It is widely known that when flameworked figures are ‘sandwiched’ by layers of cast glass in the hotshop, or kiln-casted, these figures

Artist-in-Residence: Emma Stein
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Emma Stein in inspired by patterns and circularity as they relate to nature and human history. As a teenager, she visited The Corning Museum of Glass, where she witnessed glassblowing for the first time. It ignited a passion that led to a life of exploring the material, focusing her work on the

Artist-in-Residence: Jackie Pancari
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Jackie Pancari loves discovering the ways glass and light interact. She thinks of her studio as “a laboratory where curiosity and imagination lead to experimentation and discovery.” With an MFA from Alfred University School of Art, Pancari has exhibited her work across the U.S. and in Japan. She

Pavlína Čambalová Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Pavlína Čambalová demonstrates for her class, Experimental Glass Engraving, which focused on the basics of diamond wheel engraving as well as experimenting with various textures, deep carving, overlaid glass engraving, printing engraved sheets, and more.

Jeff Ballard Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jeff Ballard demonstrates for his class, Gaffers Inc., which aimed to prepare students for the real world of glassblowing by helping them become ‘gaffers,’ or the people in charge of getting things done.

Simone Crestani Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrates sculpting a large glass chicken for his class, Developing Your Idea in Boro, which focused on finding the best flameworking techniques to develop your projects.

Artist-in-Residence: Helen Tegeler
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Helen Tegeler is inspired by the transitional properties of plants, and extrapolates upon that in her work. From growth patterns and branching to surface textures and patterns, she feels there are infinite design possibilities when interpreting plants in glass. She loves exploring seeds, and the

John Miller Giant Cupcake Demo: Celebrating The Studio's 20th Birthday
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John Miller, known for his large-scale pop art glass, creates a giant cupcake in celebration of The Studio's 20th birthday, including a not-to-be-missed ending! 

Be Microscopic!
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Take a #cellfie in the Be Microscopic interactive in the Revealing the Invisible exhibition at the Rakow Research Library. This exhibition tells the story of the exploration of the microscopic world from the 1600s through the 1800s. Unleash your sense of discovery as you explore the invisible

Guest Artist Demonstration: Kristina Logan
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Internationally known bead-maker Kristina Logan stepped away from the torch to collaborate with Corning Museum gaffers in creating a large blown glass work.

Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate for their class, Cups and Color, focusing on goblet-making skills along with color chemistry and melting practice.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck
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Collaborative partners Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck are known for their intricate and beautifully formed goblets. Together, they own and operate Vetro Vero glassblowing and design studio in Pennsylvania. Watch their Guest Artist Demonstration live from the Amphitheater Hot Shop.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Pablo Soto
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Watch guest artist Pablo Soto in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. After falling in love with glass while watching Lino Tagliapietra work, Pablo Soto went on to receive his BFA in glass from Alfred University. He has taught all over the United States from Pilchuck to

Guest Artist Demonstration: Eric Meek
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Watch Eric Meek make a "plaidicello" platter in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Eric Meek, Hot Glass Programs Manager at the Museum, got his start in glassblowing at Bowling Green State University. After receiving an MFA from Kent State University, he taught glassmaking in Austria for six

Pablo Soto Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Pablo Soto demonstrated for his class, Design Within Reach, which focused on breaking out of the neoclassical shape universe with focus on bubble set-ups, finding center, and drastic transitions in form.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Jeff Mack
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See guest artist and Hot Glass Demo team member, Jeff Mack in a live, narrated demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Jeff Mack's career as a glassmaker has offered him a variety of opportunities, from factory production to working and studying with world-renowned glass artists. He joined

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