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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Millefiori Ball
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Here is a ball made with millefiori canes. Millefiori, originally an Italian word that means “1,000 flowers,” is also known as mosaic glass, referring to objects made from preformed elements placed in a mold and heated until they fuse. In this video, the process of making millefiori cane slices and

Lion-mask Stem
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The lion-mask stem is a hollow stem made by blowing a gather into a mold patterned with two lion’s masks, usually separated by festoons. Such stems were first used in Venice in the 16th century, and they later became a hallmark of façon de Venise glass. In this video, a lion-mask stem is blown in a

Lidded Goblet with Aqua Chain
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This lidded goblet has an aqua chain around the body, a merese, and a lid with a finial on the top. 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,

Lidded Bowl with Frit Decoration
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In this video, frit is added to a bubble and manipulated with pincers. 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

Goblet with Inner Blue Ball
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This goblet has a blown blue ball inside the cup. In this video, the ball is attached to the inner part of the cup. 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

Goblet with Aqua Stem
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This goblet is built on the blowpipe. It has many constrictions in the stem, as well as an asymmetrical edge. 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

Footed Goblet with Pineapple Dip Molded Cup
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A pineapple dip mold is used to create the pattern on the body of this footed goblet. 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

Footed Bowl with Filigrana
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This footed bowl is made with many techniques: filigrana, edge wraps, a merese, canes oriented in two directions, and nipt-diamond-waies. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Flared Wineglass with Wings
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In addition to its stem with many constrictions, this wineglass features wings, pincered bits, and a merese. 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

Enameled Tazza
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The blank for this tazza is made using mezza-stampatura. The object is then decorated with gilding and enameling. 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

Enameled Bowl
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The bowl presented in this video is made using mezza-stampatura. It is gilded and enameled, and it has a folded edge. 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

Dragon-stem Goblet
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A dragon-stem goblet has many parts, including a bowl, a foot, and a dragon. Dip molding is used to create the dragon, and the parts are attached with glue bits. This goblet has pincered bits, a merese, an avolio, wings, and eyes. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The

Classic Flared Wineglass
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An exceptionally elegant vessel, this wineglass is a perfect example of an object built on the blowpipe. It has a stem with no constriction, and it features a merese and an exaggerated flare at the opening. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by

Aspersorium
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This object is an aspersorium, a vessel for holding holy water. It is made with ice glass, a decorative effect that causes the surface of the glass to resemble cracked ice. The aspersorium has a handle attached by two loops, an edge wrap, and a body wrap. See 360˚ photography and learn more about

Ampollina
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An ampollina is a vessel similar in purpose to the Amphora, but smaller in size. This example has a handle, spout, small flameworked flowers, and a gold-leaf edge. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry

St. Augustine Rouen Goblet
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The Verre des Augustins, made in France in the late 14th century and now housed in the Musée Départemental des Antiquités in Rouen, is arguably the most beautiful goblet made in western Europe before the Renaissance. The manner in which it was made—particularly the construction of its stem—was

Phases and Options of Goblet Making
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The five phases of creating a goblet, and many options, are shown in this video. Learn more in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath https://renvenetian.cmog.org/chapter/introduction-how-use-online-resource The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Stained Glass from Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (Soissons) and Comparisons with Glass from Other Medieval Sites
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The abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes has dominated the urban landscape of the northern French city of Soissons since the 11th century. 1 Formally established in 1076, the abbey was built, rebuilt, sacked, and restored from its founding to the present day. In its Gothic phase, the church measured more

Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration: Mark Matthews (January 21, 2015)
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Watch as Mark Matthews demonstrated for his class, Graphic and Color Systems in Glass, how to create combinations of graphic patterns and integrated color schemes by using colored rods, powders, and frits. Techniques such as color overlaying and cane making were also explored. See photos of the

Leopold Blaschka and Rudolf Blaschka: Drawings for Glass Models of Marine Invertebrates
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Although many people have either heard about or visited the Harvard collection of glass flowers, few are familiar with their creators, the father and son model makers, Leopold (1822-1895) and Rudolf (1857-1939) Blaschka. Fewer still know about the Blaschkas’ models of soft-bodied undersea creatures

A Conversation Between Rakow Commission Artist Andrew Erdos and Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass
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The artwork of Andrew Erdos, the Museum’s 2013 Rakow Commission artist, is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of social commentary. His over-the-top installations create a situation of sensory overload, which he sees as a reflection of everyday life in urban culture, especially the culture

Group Tours at The Corning Museum of Glass (Mandarin Chinese)
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English subtitles available, click the CC (closed caption) icon. Corning, New York, has played a very important role in the development of the American glass industry. From beautiful crystal to today's fiber optics, Corning has been home to some of the best and brightest glass innovations. At

Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope
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Glass has long made it possible for people to see the unseeable. The earliest glass “lenses” were actually magnifiers placed directly on objects, helping their users to inspect or read documents that strained their eyesight. True lenses that improved vision appeared first in spectacles around 1285,

Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome
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A groundbreaking exhibition produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass, Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome opened on October 18, 2007 at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and ran through January 14, 2008. Then it traveled to The Corning Museum of

Make Your Own Glass Ornament
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Try glassblowing at The Corning Museum of Glass (any age if accompanied by an adult).

Forest Glass (507)
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507 Katherine Gray (Canadian, b. 1965) United States, Los Angeles, California 2009 Glass; acrylic, steel; about 2,000 found drinking glasses Tallest section: H: 289.6 cm, W: 160 cm, D: 76.2 cm (2010.4.49) © Katherine Gray Katherine Gray is a glassblower and an artist who makes functional and

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Simone Crestani
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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 2014 visit to Murano, he watched flameworker Simone Crestani create a wine decanter

Travels of the Glass Pilgrim: Fratelli Toso
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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 2014 visit to Murano, he spoke with Arnoldo and Caterina Toso about their family&

Dan Friday Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as guest artist Dan Friday creates a bear totem out of glass during his Guest Artist Demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final object out of the annealer at 3:27:25. The Guest Artist Series features world-class visiting artists at work in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. These

Bowls, Part 1
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In this video, artist Boyd Sugiki demonstrates things to consider when making a glass bowl such as proportioning the glass, turning speeds, and outside and inside work. Download a PDF diagram about making bowls. This video was produced by Boyd Sugiki in collaboration with The Studio at The Corning

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