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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Master Class Series VIII: Working with Murrine with Davide Salvadore (Full Video)
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In this video, Davide Salvadore demonstrates his skill with cane and murrine techniques at the furnace, and discusses his artwork, his personal development as a glassworker on Murano, and his philosophies as both an artist working in glass and a teacher of the material. DVD originally published in

Thaddeus Wolfe: 2016 Rakow Commission Artist
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Artist Thaddeus Wolfe discusses his work with Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at his studio in Brooklyn, NY. See the 2016 Rakow Commission.

Meet the 2016 Rakow Commission Artist Thaddeus Wolfe
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Hear a lecture from 2016 Rakow Commission artist Thaddeus Wolfe.

Making a Mold Blown Holiday Ornament
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Season's Greetings from The Corning Museum of Glass! Watch as Museum Gaffer Eric Goldschmidt creates a blown, mirrored and glittered ornament using an authentic Lauscha ornament mold. For many years, it was holiday tradition to decorate one’s home with fruits and nuts. But when a glassblower

Guest Artist Demonstration: Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko
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The Corning Museum of Glass recently hosted guest glassmakers Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko. Both gaffers are visiting from the Iittala factory in Finland for a celebration of renowned designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds. Since the first birds entered production in 1972, Birds by Toikka has

Behind the Glass Lecture | Ornaments
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Glass Christmas ornaments, now an essential part of many holiday celebrations, had their humble beginnings in Lauscha, Germany. Experience that origin story and discover how they spread across globe, a migration that includes a special connection to Corning, New York. Regan Brumagen, Reference &

Artist-in-Residence: Rui Sasaki
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Rui Sasaki is a Japanese conceptual artist whose work centers around the exploration and discovery of subtle intimacy in unfamiliar and familiar spaces, which she refers to as “empty space.” After moving to the U.S. in 2007, she experienced sensations of lost memories, nostalgia, and homesickness.

Jordana Korsen Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Jordana Korsen demonstrates for her class, Work Hot and Take Chances, which focused on everything from glasses and goblets to bowls and bottles. Music credit: Philipp Weigl- Subdivision of the Masses

Guest Artist Demonstration: Pauline Deltour
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Watch as Pauline Deltour partners with the Hot Glass Team to design a work in glass unlike anything that has been made in the Amphitheater Hot Shop to date. Deltour pulls from the materials she works with and their properties. Her prime sources of inspiration come from exploring shapes in which

Guest Artist Demonstration: Clare Twomey
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British artist Clare Twomey works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Watch as she partners with the Hot Glass Team in this demonstration.

Behind the Glass Lecture | Foldscopes with Max Coyle
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Max Coyle along with Dr. Manu Prakesh, both experts in applied physics at Stanford University, created Foldscope, an origami-based microscope made of paper. The lens for this paper microscope is a small glass bead. The cost required to make it? Less than one U.S. dollar. Coyle, Prakesh, and their

Max Erlacher oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Max Erlacher, former master engraver for Steuben, interviewed May 2010. Max Erlacher was born in Innsbruck, Austria. As a young man he attended a glass technical school to learn the craft of glass engraving. Upon the completion of training, he worked in Vienna

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin (July 29, 2015)
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Watch as Davide Fuin demonstrated for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, Venetian team-working skills, goblet making, and how to create historical reproduction pieces. Note: There is no final image of the piece made in the demo this week because, unfortunately, it broke.

The Blaschkas from the Lampworker's Perspective
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Eric Goldschmidt, Properties of Glass Supervisor at The Corning Museum of Glass, and artist Wesley Fleming pair up to explore the lampworking techniques of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in this lecture and demonstration. Eric and Wes create glass sea creatures, both duplicating some of the Blaschkas’

Masters of Studio Glass: Jiří Harcuba
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Jiří Harcuba is a widely respected artist and educator whose specialty is portraiture in engraved glass. Whether the subjects of his portraits are friends, renowned artists, or historical personalities, Harcuba treats them all in a similar fashion, using spare sculptural cuts and subtle optical

Master Class 3: Engraving on Glass with Jiří Harcuba
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The Czech artist Jiří Harcuba shows how he engraves with diamond, stone, and copper wheels, creating innovative portraiture on glass with the highest level of craftsmanship. He talks about his life, his work, and his interest in philosophy and psychological studies of major figures. He also

Studio Demonstrations: Jiří Harcuba
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Watch Jiří Harcuba demonstrate for his Studio course, Glass Carving, Engraving, and Cold Construction, how to engrave glass blocks and vessels with stone, diamond, silicon carbide, and copper wheels. Students learned various cutting methods and investigated the optical effects of reflections in

Artist-in-Residence: Maria Bang Espersen
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Danish artist Maria Bang Espersen works to expand the viewer's perspective through her work in glass. By stretching and bending the molten material, her sculptures show a frozen movement, while the glass retains a soft look. In her March 2013 Residency at The Studio, Espersen explored movement

Adam Holtzinger at 2300°: Multiplied (February 2014)
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Brooklyn artist Adam Holtzinger brought his signature style to the Hot Glass Show for 2300°: Multiplied in February 2014. Holtzinger's work is about simple, elegant forms that incorporate intricate details.

Grant Garmezy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Grant Garmezy demonstrated making a large reptile head for his class, Sparking Life Into Glass, which focused on special techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting.

Amanda Gundy Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Amanda Gundy demonstrated for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing: In Living Color, how to focus on technique and problem solving.

Live-streamed Studio Demonstration: Leah Fairbanks
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Watch as Leah Fairbanks demonstrates for her class, Wildflower Glass Gardens, how to create floral glass beads using precise application of surface embellishment.

2012 Rakow Commission: Steffen Dam
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The 2012 Rakow Commission honors the Danish artist Steffen Dam, a consummate glass craftsman, who will give an illustrated talk on his work. Although inspired by nature, Dam's work is entirely imaginary: the specimens he creates, in his words, are "plausible, but not from this world."

Celebrating a Century of Americana: Collecting Pyrex, Collecting Culture
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The collectors' panel, "Celebrating a Century of Americana: Collecting Pyrex, Collecting Culture," features four experienced collectors in the field of Pyrex acquisition and research, who will enlighten and entertain with advice about America's favorite dish. This panel was part

A Fragment of a Dichroic Cage Cup in The British Museum
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Among the glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The British Museum is a fragment of a late Roman dichroic cage cup. Although the fragment has been mentioned on several occasions, 1 it has never been described in detail. The find-place is unknown. Description The fragment (Fig. 1

Early Modern Printed Books at the Rakow Library, 1450-1550: An Introduction
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A select group of rare books in the Rakow Research Library’s collection serve not only as repositories of early glass knowledge but also as artifacts of fine bookmaking. They were written by ancient authors and printed some 1,000 years later during the first century of modern printing (about 1450

Strabo's De situ orbis printed in Venice, 1472
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When Johannes de Spira died in 1470, the printing business he had started was taken over by his brother, Vindelinus. Two years later, Vindelinus published Strabo’s De situ orbis, an ancient geographical text consisting of 17 books. A first edition of this work had been issued in Rome in 1469 by

The Estonian Glasshouse of Hüti, 1628–1664
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Before his death, Maks Roosma, Professor in the Department of Glass, State Art Institute, Tallinn, Estonia, sent a brief article summarizing the results of his research into the history of the most important early glasshouse in Estonia. Professor Roosma had conducted an archaeological excavation on

Glass in the Price Edict of Diocletian
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In A.D. 301, Emperor Diocletian attempted to halt a rapid rise in prices by issuing his Edictum de pretiis (Edict on prices), which established maximum prices and wages throughout the Roman Empire. Copies of the edict were inscribed in Latin or Greek on marble panels and posted in prominent places.

The Transition from Natron to Plant Ash in the Levant
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The basic components of early glasses were soda, lime, and silica. In the Mediterranean region and Western Asia, these three components were usually introduced in the form of two ingredients: either natron (soda) and sand containing shell fragments (silica and lime), or ash derived from halophytic

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