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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Bring the Heat Demonstration | Rocket Octopus by Chris Rochelle
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Don't miss tomorrow's Bring the Heat demonstration with Chris Rochelle as he sculpts an octopus latching onto a rocket, combining glassblowing with sculpting to bring his work to life. Tune in live Wednesday at 10 am Eastern!

Studio Demonstration: Davide Fuin
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Watch Davide Fuin as he demonstrates for his class, Advanced Venetian Glassblowing, where he shares his vast knowledge and considerable Venetian-style glassblowing skills.

Bring the Heat: Caitlin Hyde and Helen Tegeler combine glass flameworking and hot furnace work
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Watch master glassmakers Helen Tegeler and Caitlin Hyde explore the duality of good and evil; two artists, two types of glass, two techniques joined for one unstoppable celebration of glassmaking in 2021! Caitlin flameworks imps and angels that dance atop stoppers, while Helen playfully pairs the

Bring the Heat Demonstration | Caitlin Hyde and Helen Tegeler
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Tune in Wednesday at 10 am Eastern as master glassmakers Helen Tegeler and Caitlin Hyde explore the duality of good and evil; two artists, two types of glass, two techniques joined for one unstoppable celebration of glass making in 2021! Watch as Caitlin flameworks imps and angels that dance atop

Connected by Glass: Marvelous Marbles
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Marvelous Marble Day goes virtual! Hear from National Marble Tournament organizer Doug Watson and Troy Smythe, Education and Interpretation Supervisor at the Museum. Plus the Hot Glass Demonstration team treats you with a special demo exploring patterns and techniques used in the marble making

Blown Away Season 2 | Connected By Glass
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Have you been Blown Away by the second season of the hottest show on Netflix? Join us for an exclusive talk with fan-favorite contestants Jason McDonald, Mike Shelbo, and finalist Cat Burns, as well as Blown Away director Mike Bickerton. As part of the live event, Museum members were invited to a Q

SUNY Corning Community College Celebrates Black Artists featuring Chris Day: Blown, Bound & Bold
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SUNY Corning Community College invites you to celebrate Black History Month! Join SUNY CCC for a presentation and discussion with artist Chris Day. Chris Day fuses glass, ceramics, and metal to explore Black history and personal identity. In this program, he discusses how the legacy of slavery, the

Connected by Glass: Blown Away Season 2
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Have you been Blown Away by the second season of the hottest show on Netflix? Whether it’s the stories of the contestants or the remarkable work they produce, there are many reasons to be inspired by this unique show that celebrates the material we all love. Join us for an exclusive talk with fan

Bring the Heat: Carl Siglin and G Brian Juk Create Marbleized Marvels
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Watch as master glassmakers Carl Siglin and G Brian Juk create pieces in hot glass using encalmo, a Venetian glass blowing technique, while demonstrating two completely different ways to marbleize colored glass. Siglin will demonstrate a “switched axis” vertical encalmo pattern when creating a tall

Connected by Glass: Marvelous Marbles
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Join us online from 11 am-12 pm on Sunday, February 14 for a special live streamed event all about marbles. Hear from National Marble Tournament winners and organizers, plus the Hot Glass Demonstration team will treat you to a specialized demo exploring patterns and techniques used in the marble

Bring the Heat Demonstration | G Brian Juk and Carl Siglin
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Watch Wednesday at 10 am Eastern as master glassmakers Carl Siglin and G Brian Juk create pieces in hot glass using encalmo, a Venetian glass blowing technique, while demonstrating two completely different ways to marbleize colored glass.

Bring the Heat: Tom Ryder
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Watch Tom Ryder create two of his signature pieces, “Tree Vase” and “Sunset Vase” with sculpted flowers. Ryder demonstrates his technique of blowing a bubble of glass into the mold as sticks burn away to leave the imprint of tree branches on the surface of the glass. Colors for the vases will

Bring the Heat Demonstration | Tom Ryder
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Tune in tomorrow at 10 am Eastern for our Bring the Heat demonstration with Tom Ryder! Tom will be making both a "Sunset Vase" and a "Tree Vase" for this demo.

Bring the Heat: Catherine Ayers
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In this Bring the Heat live demo, watch master glassmaker Catherine Ayers create figure sculptures out of hot glass. During the demo, Ayers will talk about her initial sketches and the steps she takes when mapping out the forms the figures will take—in this case two female figures; one of which is

Congratulations Madam Vice President
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We are looking forward to watching the Inauguration and witnessing the historic moment a glass ceiling is shattered, and the first woman vice president takes office. We created a visual representation of the phrase “shattering the glass ceiling” to mark this significant milestone in our nation’s

Bring the Heat Demonstration | Catherine Ayers
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Tune in tomorrow at 10 am Eastern for our Bring the Heat demonstration with Catherine Ayers! During the demo, Ayers will talk about her initial sketches and the steps she takes when mapping out the forms the figures will take—in this case two female figures; one of which is pregnant. While

Behind the Scenes of Blown Away
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Behind the Scenes of Blown Away Created by The Corning Museum of Glass

Blown Away Season 2 Trailer
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Blown Away Season 2 Trailer Provided by Netflix

Chemistry of Glass
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Thousands of different chemical compositions can be made into glass. Different formulas affect the mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical, and thermal properties of the glasses that are produced. There is no single chemical composition that characterizes all glass. Typical glass contains formers

Claire Kelly Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Claire Kelly create a glass fox sculpture in this demonstration presented for the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in the Museum's Amphitheater Hot Shop. See the final fox starting at 50:16 Buy glass made by artist Claire Kelly https://shops.cmog.org/artists/glass-artists/claire-kelly

Bring the Heat: Helen Tegeler makes a winter wonderland in glass live
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Taking cues from nature and the cycle of the seasons in this demo, CMoG Gaffer Helen Tegeler combines her sense of humor, creativity, and glassmaking skill to create an object inspired by the winter wonderland that upstate New York becomes at the end of the year. See the final piece starting at 1

Glory hole
Glass Dictionary Term

(1) A hole in the side of a glass furnace, used to reheat glass that is being fashioned or decorated; (2) a separate appliance for reheating glass. Learn more glory holes

Ennion- Make Your Mark
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Make Your Mark. Donate today https://give.cmog.org/ennion Ennion is an unparalleled cultural network, whose members play a crucial role in ensuring the Museum’s ability to fulfill its mission—to inspire all to see glass in a new light. Ennion members gain access to the cutting edge of glass art,

Bring the Heat: Chris Rochelle makes glass goblets with mesmerizing air-twist pattern stems
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Watch Chris Rochelle create air-twist patterns in glass that become the stems of intricate goblets. This old and complex technique involves trapping lines of air in a gather of glass and twisting it to create a mesmerizing spiral effect. Joined by a trusted team of gaffers, this demo will rely

Bring the Heat: Eric Goldschmidt creates a flameworked figure
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There’s something magical about watching a master at work. Unparalleled expertise and skillful execution combine to inspire awe in anyone who observes an artist “in the zone.” Glassmakers who work in the Museum’s Amphitheater Hot Shop are some of the world’s most talented artists working in glass

Bring the Heat: Guggenheim Cup by Jeff Mack
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Watch CMoG’s master glassmaker, Jeff Mack, create a replica of the elaborate Guggenheim Cup, thought to have originally been made in Venice in the 17th century. Inspired by a version made by Giuseppe Barovier in the late 1880s, which now resides in CMoG’s collection, Jeff creates his own iteration

Bring the Heat: Cat Burns makes her TikTok famous Rainbow Unity Pumpkin- 2020 CMoG Annual Pumpkin
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You may know Cat Burns as the TikTok sensation and maker of the 2020 Unity Pumpkin, but she is also a local and frequent glassblower at the Museum and The Studio here in Corning, NY. With her pumpkin of the year in such high demand, Cat demonstrates the colorful design and describes her thought

Looking at Windows | Connected by Glass
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For two thousand years, windows have provided light, insulation, and visibility between interior and exterior spaces. The strength, transparency, durability, and beauty of glass make it an ideal material to make buildings a little less dark and a little more open. Especially during the time of

Election Transparency | Connected by Glass (discussing the glass ballot box)
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In the mid-19th century, widespread political corruption and questions about who had the right to vote led to an intriguing invention: the glass ballot box. The transparency of this glass ballot box literally shows that a person’s vote will be counted; metaphorically, this transparency conveys the

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