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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Studio Demonstration | Eusheen Goines
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Watch artist instructor Eusheen Goines demonstrate borosilicate flameworking for his class at The Studio. Piece: “Ascended Warlock” (Quad Remibulator) Collaboration with Alex Ubatuba and Eric Goldschmidt H 10”/ W 4.5”/ D Photos By Jeff Dimarco Eusheen's Instagram: @eusheen Eusheen's Bio:

In Conversation | Haudenosaunee Beaded Match Safe
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In 2022, The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) worked with Seneca artists Mary Jacobs and Samantha Jacobs to create interpretive content for the Museum’s special exhibition “Past | Present: expanding the stories of glass.” Mary and Samantha visited the Museum and studied this Beaded Match Safe in the

A CLOSER LOOK | Reverse-Painted Portrait of George Washington
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The reverse-painted portrait of George Washington was damaged in the catastrophic Corning flood of 1972. As a result of this damage, the object has been off view for 50 years, but the special construction of the wooden frame, fitted in China with ‘spacers’ to protect the glass from movements in the

Analytical studies of glass alteration occurring in museum collections
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Glass objects of an unstable composition can exhibit a particularly problematic degradation behavior leading to the irreversible alteration of their appearance and, ultimately, to the loss of their function as items for museum display. Understanding the behavior of unstable glass is therefore of

Keynote: The Art of Glass: Three Millennia of Creativity and Expression
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Karol Wight, President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass, will present the opening keynote to our 60th Annual Seminar on Glass. Coinciding with the UN International Year of Glass, this welcome address remarks on the incredible history of glass and its impact. Since the moment

Remembrance: Glass in Roman Funerals
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In 1966, the Corning Museum of Glass acquired a group of glass, ceramic, and metal vessels found together at a Roman-period burial site in Flamersheim, Germany. In this session, archaeologists, historians, and museum curators come together to discuss the ancient and modern history of this little

Chinese Reverse Painted Glass: A Closer Look
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In the 18th– 19th century, Chinese artists working in painting workshops specializing in goods for the western market were famous for their skill at reverse-painting on glass. The images these artists painted were often copies of works by other artists. The Corning Museum’s Reverse Painted Portrait

Keynote: What do we mean by Community Engagement in Museum Programming?
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Salvador Acevedo has over 20 years of experience helping organizations link their design and innovation strategies with various cultures within the US. Being bilingual and bicultural gives him the ability to recognize the cultural markers that signal inclusion, and he’s committed to open

Expanded Stories: The Wisdom of Community Voices in Museum Interpretation
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Museums magnify the power of objects when they incorporate the expertise of local community members. But what are the keys to gathering this collective wisdom to help museum exhibitions resonate with more people? And how do museums value these community contributions and build authentic

Displaying Haudenosaunee Beadwork in Museums
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The six Native American nations which comprise the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy have a rich and long-lived glass beadwork tradition. Contemporary artists continue to chart new paths for it. This session examines the unique roles and responsibilities 21st century museums have as they center

Change Over Time: Perspectives on Glass Deterioration
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What's that funk-- slimy, sweaty, smelly, hazy, flaky, cracking, crizzled glass? What happens when glass interacts with its environment, challenging our view of it as a durable material? This panel will bring together makers, scientists, and conservators to expand and explore our ideas about

Reframing China on Glass The Transformation of Illustrations in Johan Nieuhof’s Embassy on a Cabinet
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The presentation will explore the relationship between illustrations in a Dutch travelogue of China and wheel-engraved decorations on a 17th century cabinet in the Corning Museum of Glass.  We will disentangle the relationship between the pictures on the glass panels and its printed sources and

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on 17th-Century Lens Making in China and Europe
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This panel brings together experts Marvin Bolt and Giorgio Strano for a conversation about seventeenth-century lenses and telescopes. Tina Lu will introduce “The Anatomy of Lenses,” a Chinese book from 1681 that seems to presume that its author made a Galilean telescope. Sandy Chang will bring in

Glass Beads in a New Light
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With support from the NEH Public Humanities interpretive planning grant, Re-Imagining 35 Centuries of Glass, the Museum has undertaken extensive research into its permanent collection of glass beads from around the world, with particular focus on West Africa and Southeast Asia. Join our expert team

Iittala | Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch as Iittala's Juha Saarikko and Pete Saarikko produce Oiva Toikka’s famed bird designs live from the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Watch the designs of Oiva Toikka come to life!

Studio Demonstration | Alicia Lomné
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Watch a artist instructor Alicia Lomné demonstrate for her class at The Studio. Students in her class learn the basics of pâte de verre, model making, mold pouring, the application of glass, tamping, and firing glass in a kiln. Alicia's Bio: https://www.cmog.org/bio/alicia-lomn

Lauren Kalman | 2020 Burke Prize Residency at The Studio
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Lauren Kalman on the being the Inaugural Burke Prize Recipient: "It is such a phenomenal honor to be the inaugural recipient of the Burke Prize residency. And, you know, I think it helped Usher me into a world and a discipline that I don't know that I would have fully entered if not given

Iittala | Guest Artist Live Stream
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Guests are invited to watch as Iittala's Juha Saarikko and Pete Saarikko produce Oiva Toikka’s famed bird designs live from the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Join us and watch the designs of Oiva Toikka come to life!

Caitlin Hyde | Museum Gaffer
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Caitlin Hyde on glass as a material: "There is a lovely metaphor for life in glass; we need both strength and flexibility to survive, and our experiences are imprinted on our hearts and souls". The Museum Gaffer Profiles series is a collection of interviews with the glassmakers who work

Josh Simpson | Guest Artist Live Stream
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The Shops invites you to watch as we celebrate master glassmaker, Josh Simpson! Josh has spent 50 years creating some of the most intricate and vibrant works in the world of contemporary glass. Creating glass art for more than 50 years, Josh has developed his own distinctive style inspired equally

Studio Demonstration | Nisha Bansil
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Watch artist instructor Nisha Bansil demonstrate for her kiln working class at The Studio. Bansil teaches pâte de verre casting techniques and her class focuses on creating complex glass objects from folded paper designs. Nisha's Bio: https://www.cmog.org/bio/nisha-bansil

Josh Simpson | Guest Artist Live Stream
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The Shops invites you to join us as we celebrate master glassmaker, Josh Simpson! Josh has spent 50 years creating some of the most intricate and vibrant works in the world of contemporary glass. Creating glass art for more than 50 years, Josh has developed his own distinctive style inspired

Past | Present Hot Glass Demo | Chris Rochelle
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Our exhibition Past| Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass shows how the stories that objects tell are always evolving. Past | Present explores how objects reveal stories about people across time and place, and how the Museum can broaden voices and narratives in our galleries. The text in this

Studio Demonstration | Nancy Callan & Mel Douglas
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Watch Studio artist instructors Nancy Callan and Mel Douglas demonstrate in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Working in both the hot and cold shops, the duo's collaborative work results in objects that celebrate the relationship of form, pattern, balance, and design. Mel Douglas Mel Douglas is a

Studio Demonstration | Wesley Fleming & Emilio Santini
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Watch artists and co-instructors Wesley Fleming and Emilio Santini collaborate in the flameshop as they demonstrate for their class at The Studio. They teach sculptural flameworking using soda lime (soft) glass. Wesley Fleming Wesley Fleming uses flameworking to mimic insects using glass, complete

Studio Demonstration | Claire Kelly
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Watch artist instructor Claire Kelly demonstrate for her class at The Studio. Her class is focused on cane working and good communication and coordination in the hot shop. Claire Kelly Claire Kelly’s work examines the human connection with animals and their larger relationship to our world and

Past | Present Hot Glass Demonstration | Eric Goldschmidt and Caitlyn Hyde
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Prompted by the Past|Present exhibition’s theme of “Protection,” Eric Goldschmidt and Catlin Hyde will create pendants in the form of eyes. Eye beads are among the earliest objects made from glass, and thought to offer their wearers protection. Hyde will draw inspiration from traditional eye beads,

Past | Present Hot Glass Demo by Jeff Mack
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Our exhibition Past| Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass shows how the stories that objects tell are always evolving. Past | Present explores how objects reveal stories about people across time and place, and how the Museum can broaden voices and narratives in our galleries. The text in this

Studio Demonstration | Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck
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Watch artists and co-instructors Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck demonstrate for their class at The Studio. Their class focuses on color chemistry and goblet making. Michael Schunke founded his first company, Nine Iron Studios, in 1998. He has taught at many institutions, including the Toyama City

Connected By Glass | Dr. Karlyn Sutherland
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The Corning Museum of Glass is pleased to welcome the public to a Connected by Glass lecture presented by Scottish artist, architect, and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Karlyn Sutherland. In this lecture, Karlyn will discuss her work, including her yearlong Fulbright research residency hosted at The Studio

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