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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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

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

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