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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Fusing
Glass Dictionary Term

(1) The process of founding or melting the batch; (2) heating pieces of glass in a kiln or furnace until they bond (see Casting and Kiln forming); (3) heating enameled glasses until the enamel bonds with the surface of the object. fuse fuses fused Casting Kiln forming Ribbon Glass Cup

In Sparkling Company Hot Glass Livestream | Jeff Mack creates colorful twist cane stem goblets
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Watch as Hot Glass Programs Supervisor Jeff Mack and Curatorial Assistant Linnea Seidling explore twisted cane stems and ribbon themes. Alongside Seidling’s curatorial perspective to the presentation, Mack shares his glassmaking expertise in creating complex, twisted cane variations for stemware of

Connected by Glass: Vanessa German
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Vanessa German is a sculptor, poet, and performance artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She uses mixed-media, found objects and sometimes blown glass in sculptures that celebrate the resiliency of Black people in the face of anti-Black violence. In April 2021, Ennion members were invited to

Cat Burns Live Streamed Demonstration
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Watch artist Cat Burns in a live streamed glassmaking demonstration as part of her collaboration with The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass. You may know Cat Burns as a finalist on Blown Away Season 2, a TikTok sensation and maker of the 2020 Unity Pumpkin.

Sparkling Drag Storytime
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Families and kids of all ages are invited to join storyteller extraordinaire Vanessa LeDiva in a fun and sparkling reading of the book The Lady with the Ship on Her Head. Then follow along with educator Kathryn Aguilar and make your own wig using materials you have at home. Learn about how and why

Fire and Vine Hot Glass Livestream | Chris Rochelle
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Watch as Hot Glass Demo Team gaffer Chris Rochelle and Curator of Ancient Glass Katherine Larson, PhD explore the topic of wineglasses through the ages. Alongside Larson's curatorial perspective, Rochelle will share his glassmaking expertise in creating complex goblets meant for wine and

Goblet Oddities
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Studio Resident Artist and master glassblower, William Gudenrath will give a step-by-step lesson in reproducing some of the most celebrated—and strange—goblets from glass history. Watch and join the online commentary for the opportunity to have your questions answered live!

Connected by Glass: Corelle
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Check back for more details about the next live streamed Connected by Glass, which focuses on Corelle.

In Sparkling Company Hot Glass Livestream | Helen Tegeler
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Watch as Hot Glass Demo Team gaffer Helen Tegeler and Curatorial Assistant Linnea Seidling explore the topic of adornments worn and enjoyed by fashionable members of society in 18th-century Britain. Alongside Seidling’s curatorial perspective, Tegeler will use hot glass to show a contemporary take

Glass Skills with Bill
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Join The Studio Resident Artist William Gudenrath and brush up on your glassworking skills! Gudenrath will demonstrate techniques in the hot shop, then show you how you can practice those skills at home. Watch and join the online commentary for the opportunity to have your questions answered live!

Fundamentals of Surface Finishing
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Master kiln caster and cold worker Richard Whiteley will guide you through a lesson on hand-finishing glass surfaces using grits and abrasives. Learn how to create a natural, matte finish and understand that finish on a microscopic level. Watch and join the online commentary for the opportunity to

In Sparkling Company Hot Glass Livestream | Eric Meek and Eric Goldschmidt
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Watch as the Hot Glass Demo Team and Assistant Curator Linnea Seidling explore many ways in which beads can be made, and how they were used in trade and commerce in the 1800s. Alongside Seidling’s curatorial perspective, the glassmakers will be working glass at the furnace, on the flameworking

Striking Colors at the Torch
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Join The Studio Community Program Manager and flameworking instructor Stephen Brucker for a lesson on using borosilicate colored glass. Learn how to manage the heat and chemistry to reveal fabulous striking colors in your work. Watch and join the online commentary for the opportunity to have your

Fire and Vine Hot Glass Livestream | George Kennard
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Watch as Hot Glass Demo Team gaffer George Kennard and Curator of Ancient Glass Katherine Larson, PhD, explore the topic of wine consumption in upper-class English society in the 1700s. Alongside Larson's curatorial perspective to the presentation, Kennard will create a large glass vessel from

In Sparkling Company Hot Glass Livestream | Eric Meek
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Watch as Senior Manager of Hot Glass Programs Eric Meek makes glass that celebrates cool treats such as ice cream and syllabub, a dessert popular with 18th-century Britain's high society. Curatorial Assistant Linnea Seidling will provide historical insight into these glass objects during the

All About Hot Glass
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Are you ready to take your first class in the Hot Shop? Studio Instructor Christa Westbrook will teach you about working with molten glass, and demonstrate some of the most bizarre and interesting properties of this hot, gooey, stretchy, sticky material. Watch and join the online commentary for the

Fire and Vine Hot Glass Livestream | Eric Goldschmidt and Caitlin Hyde
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Watch as master flameworkers Eric Goldschmidt and Caitlin Hyde along with Curator of Ancient Glass Katherine Larson, PhD explore the theme of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and agriculture. Alongside Larson's curatorial perspective, Goldschmidt and Hyde team up at the torch to sculpt a

Making Your Mark with Murrini
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Artist and Studio instructor Janet Dalecki will teach you the basics of making murrini by kiln fusing sheet glass. Cutting and reassembling the murrini will open the doors of pattern-making possibilities! Fused pieces will be slumped into three dimensional molds to complete the process. Watch and

Bring the Heat: Eric Goldschmidt Live Streamed Demonstration
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Inspired by this year’s exhibition, "In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain During the 1700s," Flameworking Supervisor Eric Goldschmidt created a tiered serving display. The piece involves the precision flameworking of hollow forms that fit together into a

Glass cutting in Sandwich, Massachusetts | Kirk Nelson | 39th Annual Seminar on Glass
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Filmed during the 39th annual Seminar on Glass at Corning Incorporated's Corporate Headquarters, Corning, NY, October 13, 2000. Kirk Nelson reviews "Sandwich glass" made by the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company from 1825 to 1888. Identification of authentic Sandwich glass is

Rich cut glass of L. Straus & Sons | Craig Carlson | 39th Annual Seminar on Glass
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Filmed during the 39th annual Seminar on Glass at Corning Incorporated's Corporate Headquarters, Corning, NY, October 13, 2000. Craig Carlson lectures on the cut glass firm L. (Lazarus) Straus & Sons. This firm in conjunction with R.H. Macy & Co., ran a cutting shop within Macy's

Corning's near neighbors: cutting shops of the Elmira area | Jenkins | 39th Annual Seminar on Glass
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Filmed during the 39th annual Seminar on Glass at Corning Incorporated's Corporate Headquarters, Corning, NY, October 13, 2000. Norma P.H. Jenkins reviews the three cutting shops of the Elmira, NY area during the early 20th century: Elmira Cut Glass Company, Enterprise Glass Company, and

Curator's choice | 39th Annual Seminar on Glass
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Filmed during the 39th annual Seminar on Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, October 12, 2000. With the use of a PowerPoint and slide presentations, Jutta-Annette Page, Jane Spillman, David Whitehouse, and Tina Oldknow each speak about items in their areas of interest in the

The Glass Drawing Room
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Step into the dazzling world of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in this sparkling recreation of the glass drawing room at Northumberland House, London. This 360° video shows the virtual room that was created as part of the exhibition "In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of

New light on the Dorflingers of White Mills | Kurt Reed | 39th Annual Seminar on Glass
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Filmed during the 39th annual Seminar on Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, October 12, 2000. With the use of Lewis Dorflinger's personal diaries and correspondence, Kurt Reed gives an interesting presentation on the history of Dorflinger of White Mills, PA, and its

Glass Furniture and Lighting, 1820-1920 | Jane Shadel Spillman | 39th Annual Seminar on Glass (2000)
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Filmed during the 39th annual Seminar on Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, October 12, 2000. Jane Spillman presents an interesting lecture about glass furniture and lighting from the early 19th century to the early 20th century. Some of the furniture is entirely of glass, while

T.G. Hawkes and the glass industry | Jane Shadel Spillman | 31st Annual Seminar on Glass (1991)
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Filmed during the annual Seminar on Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, NY, October 18, 1991. Introduction provided by Dwight Lanmon. Using the Hawkes archives at The Corning Museum of Glass, Jane Spillman recounts the work of T.G. Hawkes in the 1880s, including his efforts to shut

A Day in the Life of an Enslaved Lady's Maid with Cheyney McKnight
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Join curator Christopher Maxwell and Cheyney McKnight, founder and director of Not Your Momma's History, as they reflect on the exhibition "In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s" and consider the experiences of 18th-century enslaved lady

Bring the Heat Demonstration | Eric Goldschmidt
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Watch live Wednesday at 10 am Eastern as Eric Goldschmidt creates a tiered serving display. The piece will involve the precision flameworking of hollow forms that fit together into a multi-level set of interconnected dishes for a display of desserts inspired by our exhibition, "In Sparkling

Bring the Heat: Richard Whiteley Live Streamed Demonstration
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Watch glassmaker Richard Whiteley bring the heat as he blends elements of mold-making techniques with the processes of glass blowing. He contrasts the simplicity of the cylinder form and the inherent beauty of glass with a process of distortion, which involves manipulating the forms without

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