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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The History of Science and Technology in the Rakow Library
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The scientific resources housed in the Rakow Library chronicle the mutual history of glass and science. They reveal how glass was both a subject and a tool of scientific study. They also highlight the different channels of scientific communication, beginning with the Medieval manuscript of the

Flavius Josephus’ books on Jewish history printed by Johann Schüssler in Augsburg, 1470
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One of the most reliable sources of ancient Jewish history is Flavius Josephus (about 37–97 A.D.), a native of Jerusalem and a learned statesman who became a favorite of Roman emperors. His two chief works, De bello Judaico (The Jewish war) and De antiquitate Judaica (Jewish antiquities), are bound

The Cadmiologia of Johann Gottlob Lehmann: A Sourcebook for the History of Preindustrial Glass Furnaces in Central Europe
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Glass furnaces are built to last. Self-destruction, however, seems to be one of their regrettable characteristics. The structure is consumed by high temperatures that no material can withstand indefinitely. Although the life spans of furnaces may have varied considerably, a report of 1649 suggests

Bees and Butterflies: Two Drawings by Harry Clarke
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In March 1996, the Rakow Library of The Corning Museum of Glass acquired two important drawings by the early 20th-century Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke 1 (1889–1931). One of these drawings, created in 1914, is a detailed design for Clarke's "St. Gobnet" window in the Honan

Lorenzo Magalotti, Saggi di naturali esperienze, 1667
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The Saggi di naturali esperienze / fatte nell’Accademia del cimento sotto la protezione del serenissimo principe Leopoldo di Toscana e descritte del segretario di essa Accademia is a landmark publication in the history of experimental science. It describes experiments conducted by members of the

Udagawa Yoan and William Henry, Seimi Kaiso: A Japanese chemistry text in seven volumes, published in Edo (Tokyo), 1837
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Seimi Kaiso plays an important role in the remarkable story of Western scientific influences in Japan. When this work first appeared in 1837, Japan had been almost completely isolated from the larger world for two centuries. The Japanese were not allowed to travel abroad, and only the Chinese and

Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum
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The encyclopedia titled De Proprietatibus Rerum (On the properties of things) was one of the most influential and widely published pedagogical works of the late medieval period. Originally written in Latin in the mid-13th century, it contained 19 books in a single volume that was meant to encompass

Gold Ruby Glass
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Gold ruby is arguably one of the most beautiful colors of glass. Beyond its aesthetic qualities, there is an alchemical connotation: Since ancient Greek times, descriptions of the sorcerers’ stone agree that it was believed to be a red substance and the key to the transmutation of metals,

Antonio Neri, L’Arte vetraria, 1612
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As the Italian Renaissance entered its last century and Galileo Galilei was using his telescope to advance the science of astronomy, a Florentine priest named Antonio Neri was writing a guide for glassmakers that would inform their craft for the next 200 years. Titled L’Arte vetraria (The art of

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio's De architectura (On architecture) printed in Rome, 1486
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In the canon of architectural writings, this ancient Roman Latin text stands at the summit. It was written by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (fl. first century B.C.) sometime in the late first century B.C. Today’s architecture students find it on their reading lists, and it is still available in paperback

Aristophanes' Nine Comedies and Aristotle's Works printed in Greek by Aldus Manutius in Venice, 1498
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One of the most learned scholar-printers in Venice was Aldus Manutius (1449–1515). He designed a Greek type font that, beginning about 1495, he used to print a series of texts by the ancient Greek masters. The Rakow Research Library has two of these original Aldine editions in its collection. One

GlassLab in Paris: Wendell Castle
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The Corning Museum of Glass partnered with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to present GlassLab, the Museum's design program, in Paris, in the Tuileries Garden, October 22-27, 2013. Designer Wendell Castle worked with GlassLab glassmakers to explore ellipsoid martini glasses.

Junior Curators at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Become a Junior Curator at The Corning Museum of Glass! Students in 8th grade through 12th grade are invited to join our after-school program. Learn what happens behind the scenes at the world's best glass museum and curate an exhibition that will be viewed by thousands of visitors from around

Corning Museum of Glass North Wing Expansion
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Designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot North Wing addition will include a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world's largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions. Hear from

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Simone Crestani (July 22, 2015)
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Watch as Simone Crestani demonstrated for his class, Developing Your Idea in Boro, how to use borosilicate glass to create many different kinds of objects and sculptures. See a photo of the final demo piece.

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Marc Petrovic (January 7, 2015)
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Watch as Marc Petrovic demonstrates for his class, Hot Glass Sculpting, which focused on freehand hot glass sculpting on both solid and blown objects with an emphasis on off-centered, non-vessel forms. See the final piece.

Glass Cutting for Mosaics
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Watch how sheet glass is cut in a pattern to be used in a glass mosaic. Louis C. Tiffany’s innovative artistry forged a bold new aesthetic for glass mosaics and contributed a uniquely American character to the centuries-old art form. Discover and explore these breathtaking artworks as never before.

Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome
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At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass vessels were made. They discovered that a gob of glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production

Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by René Lalique and His Contemporaries
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In 1851, the first international exhibition of culture and industry took place in London. Known as The Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace Exhibition, this showcase for the world of industry and design began a tradition that lasted longer than a century and undoubtedly influenced global trends

Glass Conservation: Hemispherical Bowl with Inlaid Nilotic Scene
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For more on glass conservation visit our conservation page.

Glass Conservation: The Blaschka Marine Invertebrate Glass Models
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Hear from Chief Conservator Stephen Koob and Associate Conservator Astrid van Giffen on the work and care for objects leading up to the exhibition Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Learn more about the Conservation Department of The Corning Museum

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Cesare Toffolo
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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 where he talked with artist Cesare Toffolo. Watch a

A Recently Discovered Cage Cup
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This paper describes and discusses a late Roman cage cup that appeared on the market in 1986 and was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1987. 1 The hemispherical glass cup has metal fittings which indicate that, at the time of burial, it was meant to be suspended. This raises the

The Thomas Panel
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The Thomas Panel (Fig. 1 [86.1.1]) is an example of late Roman opus sectile wall decoration made of glass. The object, which is said to have been found in the Faiyum, 100 kilometers southwest of Cairo, was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1986. Part one of this paper (by D.W.) describes

René Lalique
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Glass is a wonderful substance. Everything makes it an incomparable plastic medium in the hands of an ingenious artist, offering his imagination and talent almost limitless scope for discovery. ―René Lalique 1 From 1884, when his first jewelry designs were displayed at the Musée du Louvre, until

Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library
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When glass artist Mel George teaches a class, she takes her surroundings into account. She tries “to give the students special experiences that the individual places can offer.” So, soon after George and her students arrived at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, they set off to explore the

Exhibitions Podcast Episode 1: Botanical Wonders- July 1, 2007
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Welcome. You are listening to a podcast by The Corning Museum of Glass focused on the Museum’s 2007 special exhibition, Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers. The exhibition, which is on view through November 25, 2007, tells the story of the creation of the extraordinary glass

Exhibitions Podcast Episode 2: Tiffany Treasures- February 10, 2010
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The Corning Museum of Glass presents  Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collections, an exhibition featuring blown-glass works by Tiffany Studios, on view at the Museum through October 31, 2010 and Tiffany Treasures: Design Drawings by Alice Gouvy and Lillian Palmié, featuring

Meet the Artist: Benjamin and Debora Moore
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Corning Museum of Glass, November 30, 2007 When you look at great artists, you see content in their work. I mean, you see something unique, you see something coming across that’s challenging. Challenging your intellect; challenging your thought process, which is what art is all about, in my opinion

Wineglass with A Penne
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A penne is a decorative technique that originated in antiquity. It was used by the Romans and, beginning in the 16th century, by the Venetians. Here, the technique is demonstrated using a wrap and a fin mold. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance

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