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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West Sky (525)
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525 Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, (Italian, b. 1959) U.S., Stanwood, Washington 1997 Blown and silvered glass; steel structure H: 260 cm, W: 26.9 cm; Base W: 76.2 cm, D. 76.2 cm (2000.4.5) Alessandro Diaz de Santillana uses color and form to interpret the four elements of the exterior world—air,

Cargo Seed (523)
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523 Bertil Vallien (Swedish, b. 1938) Sweden, Åfors, Åfors Glassworks 1988 Sand-cast lead glass and hot-sculpted glass, glass and metal inclusions H: 12.5 cm, W: 195.7 cm, D: 13.7 cm (2007.3.94) Cargo Seed reflects Bertil Vallien’s interest in Sweden’s Viking heritage. He uses boats as a metaphor

Red Pyramid (521)
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521 Stanislav Libenský (Czech, 1921–2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (Czech, b. 1924) Czech Republic, Železný Brod 1993 Mold-melted glass, cut H: 83.4 cm, W: 119.3 cm, D: 28.2 cm (94.3.101) Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová’s sculptures are cast in a technique called mold melting, in which

Host IX–Epidendrum (519)
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519 Debora Moore (American, b. 1960) United States, Seattle, Washington 2007 Blown and hot-worked glass, hot-applied glass powders, acid-etched H: 96.52 cm, W: 30.5 cm, D: 17.8 cm (2007.4.70) Glass is an inorganic material, and it is not usually thought of as possessing natural or organic qualities

Tire (517)
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517 Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) With the assistance of Daniel Spitzer and Dan Dailey United States, Brooklyn, New York Designed in 1997 and made in 2005 Mold-blown glass, cold-worked; silver-plated steel tire carrier H: 78.7 cm, W: 68.5 cm, D: 29.2 cm (2007.4.5) Rauschenberg is an

Endeavor (513)
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513 Lino Tagliapietra (Italian, b. 1934) United States, Seattle, Washington 2004 Blown and hot-worked glass, cut, battuto-cut; steel cable Dimensions variable (2005.4.170) A sense of weightlessness characterizes this installation of 18 boatlike forms. Inspired by the sight of the many gondolas

Hollow Torso and Omagh (509)
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509 Hollow Torso Clifford Rainey (British, b. Northern Ireland, 1948) United States, Oakland, California 1997 Cast glass, cut, assembled H: 101.6 cm, W: 62 cm, D: 35.5 cm (2001.4.19) Omagh Clifford Rainey (British, b. Northern Ireland, 1948) United States, Oakland, California 2001 Cast glass, cut;

Material Culture (505)
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505 Beth Lipman (American, b. 1971) United States, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Brooklyn, New York 2008 Blown glass; silicone; wood table H: 175.3 cm, W: 114.3 cm, D: 106.7 cm (2010.4.43) Blown glass vessels inevitably create associations with vases, drinking glasses, and containers, and it is

Contemporary Glass (501)
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501 A major development of the Studio Glass movement has been the use of glass for large-scale sculpture and installations. Since 1980, there has also been a dramatic increase in the size of objects and vessels made of glass. The Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family Gallery of Contemporary Glass demonstrates

Botanical Wonders: Glass Flowers
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808 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Grecian Urn (575)
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575 Karla Trinkley (American, b. 1956) United States, Boyertown, Pennsylvania 1992 Cast glass (pâte de verre) H: 104.9 cm, W: 57 cm, D: 15.4 cm (2006.4.150) The architectonic shapes, fragile granular textures, and rough edges of Karla Trinkley’s pâte de verre vessels give the impression of great

Meteor, Flower, Bird (515)
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515 Stanislav Libenský (Czech, 1921–2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (Czech, b. 1924) Czechoslovakia, Železný Brod Designed in 1978 and made in 1980 Mold-melted glass, cut; steel structure H: 222 cm, W: 225.9 cm (80.3.13) Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová pioneered, explored, developed, and

Still Life with Two Plums (503)
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503 Flora C. Mace (American, b. 1949) and Joey Kirkpatrick (American, b. 1952) United States, Seattle, Washington 2000 Blown glass; carved and painted alderwood bowl H: 69.5 cm, Bowl Diam: 116.7 cm (2002.4.2) Joey Kirkpatrick, a painter, and Flora Mace, a sculptor, share a passion for glassblowing,

Botanical Wonders: Flameworking Then and Now
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810 In Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers, The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the Glass

Botanical Wonders: Preserving Glass Flowers
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809 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: In Your Garden
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807 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: How the Glass Flowers Come to Harvard
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804 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: Harvard's Dilemma
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803 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: Fruit Diseases
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805 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: Drawing from Nature
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806 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: Before the Glass Flowers
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802 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: Rudolf Blaschka's Studio
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801 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Botanical Wonders: Introduction
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800 In “Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers,” The Corning Museum of Glass brings to bear its unique curatorial, conservation, and glassmaking capabilities to illuminate more fully than ever before the story of the delicate glass replicas of botanical specimens known as the

Medieval Glass: Alchemy
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817 The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Electric Urn Lamp
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816 Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA Probably 1910–1914 Glass, metal, enamel; blown, enameled, acid-etched, assembled Overall H: 45 cm, Diam: 31.6 cm (2009.4.339) This urn lamp is unusual and was probably not made in large numbers. It was made from about 1910 to 1915 in a very

Voices of Contemporary Glass: William Morris
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Toots Zynsky
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Tom Patti
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Richard Marquis
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

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