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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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

Albert Paley and Corning's Specialty Glass Residency
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Albert Paley is the first artist to participate in the Specialty Glass Residency, a collaboration of The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated. In this residency, Paley, who is best known for his large-scale works in metal, is working with Corning specialty glass Code 7056, a

Chris Rochelle: Museum Gaffer
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Chris Rochelle’s path as a glass artist traces back to Hartwick College, where he studied sculpture and painting. The school’s small glass program gave him his first taste of working with this unique medium. Upon graduation, he apprenticed in a studio in western Massachusetts. For a decade he did

Eric Meek: Museum Gaffer
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Eric Meek has been a gaffer at The Corning Museum of Glass since 2005, and now manages the Museum's hot glass programs. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Eric worked at the production studio at the Henry Ford Museum. He went on to receive his MFA from Kent State University

Lewis Olson: Museum Gaffer
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Lewis Olson began working with glass in his native New Zealand in the 1970s. In the 1980s his passion for glass took him to Australia, Africa, Canada, England, Scandinavia, and Italy, where he worked in glass studios and factories. A storyteller by nature, Olson is attracted to the endless

George Kennard: Museum Gaffer
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George Kennard has been at The Corning Museum of Glass since 2001, after spending eight years working in private studios. He began his tenure at the Museum as an instructor in The Studio, teaching beginning and continuing classes in glassblowing. George enjoys the limitless opportunities for

New Wing Opening Weekend
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The new Contemporary Art + Design Galleries opened in March 2015 with a huge party complete with glassmaking demos by top international glassmakers and great music from acclaimed artists. See highlights from demos by Dante Marioni, Anne Gant, Lino Tagliapietra, Laura Donefer, Marc Petrovic, Steven

Behind the Glass: Imagining the Contemporary Art + Design Wing with Thomas Phifer
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Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s light-filled Contemporary Art + Design Wing that opened on March 20, 2015, connects the built environment with the natural world in every project he undertakes. The Contemporary Art + Design Wing is no exception. When asked about his approach to the design

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Amy Rueffert (June 3, 2015)
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Watch as Amy Rueffert demonstrated for her 2015 class, Let's Make Some Glass!, using blown forms, blowing punites, bit work, and using decals in the hot shop.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: John Miller (June 10, 2015)
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Watch as John Miller demonstrates making an over-sized glass donut for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, which explored traditional and nontraditional glassblowing and hot sculpting, including cane, murrini, mold blowing, blown and solid sculpting, inside sculpting, using the hot torch and garage,

Behind the Glass Lecture: Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome
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Soft drink bottles, drinking glasses and glass Christmas ornaments are part of daily modern life, but their roots can be traced to the ancient world and the legacy of Ennion, the earliest known name of a Roman glass worker. This lecture by the Museum's president and executive director, ancient

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Pablo Soto (June 17, 2015)
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Watch as Pablo Soto demonstrated for his class, Design Within Reach, how to to break out of the neo-classical shape universe.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Emilio Santini (June 24, 2015)
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Watch as Emilio Santini demonstrated for his class, Flameworking for Everybody, how to realize personal creativity through torch work. Santini was born in Murano, Italy, into a family with 600 years of glassblowing tradition. He currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has recently begun to

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: William Gudenrath (July 8, 2015)
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See photos of the finished pieces from this demo. Watch as Bill Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, which provides students with a firm foundation in the basic movements of Venetian-style glassblowing. William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar,

Explore Corning: GAS 2016
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Explore the Crystal City of Corning, N.Y., during the Glass Art Society Conference, June 9 through 11, 2016. See 35 centuries of glass and discover the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass. Shop and dine in the historic downtown Gaffer District and savor the flavors of

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Martin Janecky (August 12, 2015)
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See photos of the final piece out of the annealer.  Watch as Martin Janecky demonstrates sculpting a large horse head for his class, Blowing and Sculpting Inside the Bubble, which focused on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting from within the bubble.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Suellen Fowler (August 19, 2015)
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Watch as Suellen Fowler demonstrates for her class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms, cane decoration and patterns, the use of commercial and hand-mixed color, and techniques for realizing a successful interpretation of natural and fantasy subjects.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Bruce Ferguson (August 26, 2015)
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Watch Bruce Ferguson demonstrate for his Beginning Glassblowing class how molten glass is manipulated. See photos of the finished piece on the event listing on our website. Ferguson has more than 40 years of experience in teaching, and has taught glassblowing since 2000.

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Richard Whiteley
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"One of my big motivations for teaching is to share the information that I have and learn from other people working in the medium of cast glass. I think it’s a very exciting medium for contemporary art and I’d love to see more work done in this area" says Richard Whiteley. Whiteley became

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Silvia Levenson
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“My role when I am teaching is to just push people to make. For being a good dancer, you don’t need to know a lot about technique – you have to stand up and dance,” says Silvia Levenson. Levenson believes her work is an expression of her soul. She uses glass not for its natural beauty, but for its

Contemporary Art + Design Wing Time-lapse
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See all of the construction of the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing condensed into two minutes and 14 seconds! Also watch highlights from the construction including the lift of the steel wall that became the 150-foot porch, and pouring the concrete floor that became the 26,000 square foot

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