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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Red/Amber Sliced Descending Form (557)
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557 Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922) United States, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 1984 Cased and hot-worked glass, cut H: 37.2 cm, W: 44 cm, D: 11.3 cm (2007.4.168) Harvey Littleton, who founded the American Studio Glass movement with the glass research scientist Dominick Labino, was born and

Tiffany Treasures (Podcast)
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Learn more about Louis Comfort Tiffany and his work. In this podcast, Bill Gudenrath, the Museum's resident adviser to The Studio and a glass historian, interviews curator of American glass, Jane Shadel Spillman, and librarian at the Museum's Rakow Research Library, Diane Dolbashian. Both

Glass of the Alchemists: Introduction
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In their well-known attempts to make gold, alchemists also provided the foundation for modern chemistry and material sciences. This exhibition explores Northern European glass of the Baroque period and examines the technical advances in glassmaking made by alchemists during that time. Their work

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

Fern Green Tower (511)
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511 Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941) United States, Seattle, Washington 2000 Blown glass; steel structure H: 335.3 cm; W: 228.6 cm (2000.4.6) Dale Chihuly is a celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of studio glass is unmatched. From the beginning of his

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Rose Globe
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Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1889–1900 Glass, blown, cut, ground, polished Overall H: 14.9 cm, Diam (max): 17.9 cm (2007.4.60) The cut glass pattern used for this bowl was patented on March 12, 1889, by Frederick Shirley, the Englishman who was the manager of Mt.

Modern Glass (401)
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401 After 1900, fine art and design experienced radical changes. This was especially true for glass, as artists and designers explored unconventional approaches to the material and developed new techniques to shape it. From Art Nouveau to American studio glass, glass has been used in art, craft,

Tourbillons Vase
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Sauterelles Vase
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Lalique Perfume Bottle for Coty
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801 René Lalique’s decision to focus on glass was influenced by a large commission he was offered by the well-known French perfume-maker François Coty. Coty asked Lalique to design special perfume bottles for his fragrances, which had become famous worldwide. 

Cigler sculptures (573)
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573 Half-Green Egg with Optical Lens Václav Cigler (Czech, b. 1929) With the assistance of Jan Frydrych Czech Republic, Šluknov, Frydrych Studio, and Prague 2009 Optical glass, cast, cut H: 26.8 cm, W: 28.3 cm, D: 28.3 cm (2010.3.7) Disk Václav Cigler (Czech, b. 1929) Czechoslovakia, Bratislava

Untitled (571)
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571 Nicolas Africano (American, b. 1948) With the assistance of Melanie Hunter United States, Normal, Illinois 2008 Cast glass H: 65 cm, W: 33.8 cm, D: 21.5 cm (2010.4.22) Nicolas Africano is a painter who began to make glass sculptures in the 1980s. All of his sculptures are based on studies of

The Proof of Awareness (569)
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569 Loretta Hui-shan Yang (Chinese, b. 1952) People’s Republic of China, Shanghai, Liuli Gongfang 2006 Cast glass H: 41.9 cm, W: 76.2 cm, D: 68.5 cm (2007.6.1) Loretta Yang’s sculpture references traditional Chinese and Buddhist philosophy. According to the artist, this glass peony, which was cast

The Cold Genius (567)
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567 Judith Schaechter (American, b. 1961) United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2009 Cut colored glass; lead came; lightbox H: 76.2 cm, W: 109.2 cm (2010.4.121) Judith Schaechter is an international leader in the medium of stained glass. Much of her work is inspired by music, and her idea for

Present (565)
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565 Nicole Chesney (American, b. 1971) United States, Cranston, Rhode Island 2005 Sandblasted mirror; oil paint H: 172.8 cm, W: 203.2 cm (2005.4.162) In her investigations of light, space, perception, and imagination, Nicole Chesney has been inspired by the writings of the French philosopher Gaston

Libertà (Liberty) (553)
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553 Toots Zynsky (American, b. 1951) United States, Providence, Rhode Island 2004 Fused and thermo-formed glass threads H: 25.4 cm, W: 47.1 cm, D: 26 cm (2004.4.28) For Toots Zynsky, color reflects and defines emotion, mood, and experience. Her color choices are subjective, instinctual and grounded

Double Face (549)
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549 Ann Wolff (German, b. 1937) Germany, Berlin 1999 Antique sheet glass, enameled; steel frame H: 117.5 cm, W: 107.5 cm, D: 11.1 cm (2004.3.11) Ann Wolff has spent most of her adult life living and working in Transjö, Sweden. For many years, she designed for the Kosta Boda glassworks, during which

North Sea Waves (547)
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547 Zora Palová (Slovak, b. 1947) Slovakia, Bratislava 2008 Mold-melted glass, ground H: 190.5 cm, W: 39 cm, D: 28.5 cm (2008.3.41) The changing colors and movement of flowing water have inspired many artists working in glass. Of the four elements—earth, fire, air, and water—water shares the most

Sun Chariot and Cristallo e bronzo (545)
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545 Sun Chariot (Detail) Laura de Santillana (Italian, b. 1955) Italy, Murano 2001 Blown incalmo, hot-worked H: 41.2, W: 47.7 cm, D: 5.6 cm (2002.3.3) Cristallo e bronzo (Crystal and bronze) Laura de Santillana (Italian, b. 1955) With the assistance of Simone Cenedese and Rudolfo Brustolin Italy,

Glass Sticks (543)
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543 Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942) United States, Portland, Oregon 2001 Kiln-formed glass, cut, assembled H: 200 cm, W: 106.6 cm, D: 106.6 cm (2007.4.4) Although his primary material is clay, the sculptor Jun Kaneko was invited in 1998 to do an artist residency at Bullseye Glass Company in Oregon.

It’s Raining Knives (539)
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539 Silvia Levenson (Argentinean, b. 1957) Italy, Vigevano 1996–2004 Cast glass; artificial grass; nylon line H: variable, W: 120 cm, D: 120 cm (2004.3.29) In her art, Silvia Levenson addresses the difficulties of living with threats of violence, both political and domestic, that are out of our

Gyes Arcade (529)
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529 Christopher Wilmarth (American, 1943–1987) United States, New York, New York 1969 Industrial sheet glass, cut, slumped, acid-etched, assembled H: 36 cm, W: 238.5 cm, D: 221.5 cm (2000.4.53) For Christopher Wilmarth, who was widely recognized for his abstract sculpture in steel and glass, glass

Woven Heaven, Tangled Earth (527)
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527 Susan Plum (American, b. 1944) United States, Brooklyn, New York 1999 Flameworked borosilicate glass Diam: 91.44 cm (2001.4.70) For Susan Plum, glass is a metaphor for light and a way to make visible what is invisible. This sculpture was inspired by her research into ancient Mesoamerican

Plum Woven Heaven (527)
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527 Woven Heaven, Tangled Earth Susan Plum (American, b. 1944) United States, Brooklyn, New York 1999 Flameworked borosilicate glass Diam: 91.44 cm (2001.4.70) For Susan Plum, glass is a metaphor for light and a way to make visible what is invisible. This sculpture was inspired by her research into

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