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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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

Jeff Mack: Museum Gaffer
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Jeff Mack on working with glass: I make glass because it’s one of the most amazing craft processes that I know of. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out what inspires them to create.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Emilio Santini
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Emilio Santini is one of the most widely recognized names in flameworking. Born in Murano into a family with 600 years of glassworking tradition to its name, Emilio is a class favorite for teaching both new and advanced students all over the world. Recently, in his own work, he has begun to combine

Emilio Santini Live-Streamed Studio Demo (August 24, 2016)
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Watch as Emilio Santini demonstrates for his class, Flameworking for Everybody.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Nancy Callan
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Watch as Nancy Callan and her team create a large sculpture in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Nancy Callan’s artistic voice as a glass sculptor reflects her high-level training and talents. Callan attended the Massachusetts College of Art (BFA 1996) and lives in Seattle, WA where she is part of the

Guest Artist Demonstration: Denise Stillwaggon Leone
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Denise Stillwaggon Leone and the Hot Glass team demonstrate making a graal with a white interior and red and black exterior. Stillwaggon Leone made a photo stencil to add a design on the sculpture.

Nancy Callan Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Nancy Callan demonstrates for her class, Roulette, which explored ways to extend the possibilities of the relationship between line, pattern, surface and form. In this demo, Callan makes one of her signature clouds with a double rainbow pattern, using a Roman style plunger pick up.

Catherine Ayers: Museum Gaffer
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Catherine Ayers on learning to work with glass: There’s always something new to learn…when you learn something new it opens up ten more doors. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out what inspires them to

Behind the Glass Lecture | Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates
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In Spineless, highly acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the astonishing world of marine invertebrates. Vivid portraits reveal the stunning color and variety of these creatures, and elegantly combine art and science. In this lecture, Middleton describes her innovative processes of

Tom Ryder: Museum Gaffer
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Tom Ryder on working with glass: Most people don't realize how passionate we are about working with glass. It's become an obsession or even an addiction. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The Corning Museum of Glass. Find out

Guest Artist Demonstration: Mel Douglas
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In this demo, Nancy Callan makes a large vessel designed by Guest Artist Mel Douglas, who plans to complete the piece by cold-working in her signature style. Highly regarded for her mastery of the craft, Douglas' delicate, subtle work comes from the slow and considered process of engraved mark

Guest Artist Demonstration: Catherine Labonte
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Catherine Labonte creates whimsical, colorful animal sculptures that bring fun to a whole new level. Watch as she demonstrates her process making Bubbles, the pink elephant in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for this special edition of the Late Show.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Harry Allen
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Designer Harry Allen collaborates with the Hot Glass Team on a new design for Steuben—a large-scale glass piggy bank. Based in New York City, Harry Allen is a multi-disciplined designer with work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn, Denver, Philadelphia Museums

G Brian: Museum Gaffer
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G Brian on the beauty of glass: Glass is intrinsically beautiful both the process and the final piece. There's no other material that you can use that blends color and mixes color like glass. The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work at The

Davide Salvadore Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Davide Salvadore demonstrated for his class, Creating and Using Murrine. In this demo, he used an incalmo technique from Archimede Seguso.

Tim Drier Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Tim Drier demonstrates for his class, Introduction to Flameworking. In this demo, he creates one of his signature Headshots.

Guest Artist Demonstration: Davide Salvadore
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Watch as Master glassblower Davide Salvadore creates a vessel in his signature Muranese style. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These special, extended demonstrations provide a fascinating peek at the techniques, artistry, and

Instructor Highlight at The Studio: Mel Douglas
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Mel Douglas on her work: "I see my art practice as a drawing practice. I'm looking to the history of drawing for cues and ways to use line to explore space." Hear more from Mel about her work and teaching at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Pietro and Riccardo Ferro
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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. On a visit to Murano, he talked with brothers Pietro and Riccardo Ferro. Watch a short

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