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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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

Micah Evans Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Micah Evans demonstrates for his class, Design and Function, which focused on cultivating a productive design and the prototyping process.

Hugh Salkind Live-Streamed Studio Demo
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Watch as Hugh Salkind demonstrates for Suellen Fowler's class, Flamework Glass Sculpting: Solid and Blown Forms. Salkind makes a marble at the torch using gold to create a pattern on one side and a fish-scale or dot stacking pattern on the flip side.

Aqua Rings on Simple Tumbler
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On this simple tumbler, small aqua rings hang freely from loops. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

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.

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