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: 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

Designers Who Shape Steuben | Connected by Glass (a conversation with Steuben Glass designers)
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Synonymous with “crystal clear,” Steuben has been a cornerstone of American design since 1903. From extensive art pieces to delicate hand coolers, sleek barware, holiday ornaments and everything in between, pieces of Steuben have graced homes and been central to special occasions for decades. And

Bring the Heat Demonstration: Winter Wonderland by Helen Tegeler
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Unleash your creativity and show us your wild side. Whether you create a silly character, a topsy-turvy cup or bowl, or something else entirely, we want to see your imagination at work!

Bring the Heat Demonstration: Air-Twist Patterns by Chris Rochelle
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In our new live demo series, Bring the Heat, join us for a live steam of glass artists demonstrating their expertise and skillful execution while “in the zone.” During each demo, an artist will present a personal design they’ve worked to perfect, and they will be live on the mic to narrate as they

Connected by Glass: Designers Who Shape Steuben
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Synonymous with “crystal clear,” Steuben has been a cornerstone of American design since 1903. From extensive art pieces to delicate hand coolers, sleek barware, holiday ornaments and everything in between, pieces of Steuben have graced homes and been central to special occasions for decades. And

Bring the Heat Demonstration: 2020 Unity Pumpkin by Cat Burns
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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. With her pumpkin of the year in such high demand, Cat will be demonstrating the colorful design and describing the thought process

Bring the Heat: George Kennard makes an incalmo glass vase live
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Watch Master Glassmaker George Kennard create a decorative vase inspired by the flameworked glass of Kurt Wallstab. Using the incalmo technique, Kennard will combine various patterned and colored bubbles to create a piece drawing from the styling of Wallstab’s famous “Montage” works. See the final

Glass Pumpkins
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Pick your own glass pumpkin at https://shops.cmog.org The Shops Virtual Farmer's Market is happening now! We have lined up videos featuring our local makers and their pumpkin making process.

Watch With the Artist: Megan Stelljes Guest Artist Demonstration at 2300
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Have you ever wondered what’s going through an artist’s mind as they’re making a piece of hot glass? Here’s your chance to ask them directly. Join us on YouTube as we host our Watch with the Artist online event series. The artist will be available to chat and answer your questions in real time as

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