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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Wait…That Cold Glass is Hot?
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Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass demonstrates how glass that may look cold can still be hot enough to do some damage—or pop some “Corn-ing” popcorn, which host Nick Uhas enjoys on the set of "Blown Away."

What Happens When Glass Cools Too Quickly?
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Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass makes a lovely glass vase for Nick Uhas from "Blown Away." But Nick soon finds out why annealing (slow cooling) is an important part of the glassmaking process. Learn more: https://www.cmog.org/article/annealing-glass

How Do You Color Glass?
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Nick Uhas from Blown Away works with Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass to learn how to apply color to clear glass. It’s as simple as putting sprinkles on a sweet treat!

Tools are a Glassmaker’s Friend
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Glassmakers use very humble tools to shape a material hotter than lava. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass shows "Blown Away" host Nick Uhas some of a glassmaker’s trusty sidekicks. Learn more: https://www.cmog.org/article/tools-glassmaker

What it Takes to Blow a Glass Bubble
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Think you need lungs of steel? Not quite! Nick Uhas, host of "Blown Away," learns how to blow a glass bubble with Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass.

Deborah Czeresko Guest Artist Demonstration (August 2019)
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Watch Deborah Czeresko, the winner of Blown Away, create a large scale muffler in glass. See the final piece starting at 1:25:39. Deborah Czeresko’s work originates from personal experience influenced by the complexities of modern day political and social ideas. https://www.cmog.org/bio/deborah

Deborah Czeresko Guest Artist Demonstration (October 2019)
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Watch Deborah Czeresko, the winner of Blown Away on Netflix, create a large scale muffler in glass. See the final piece starting at 2:08:42. Deborah Czeresko’s work originates from personal experience influenced by the complexities of modern day political and social ideas. https://www.cmog.org/bio

Patrick Primeau Guest Artist Demonstration
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See Guest Artist Patrick Primeau, a contestant from the art glass competition show Blown Away on Netflix, in this narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop on September 1. Patrick and Caroline Ouellette created a three-piece incalmo vessel. See the final piece starting at 2:03:37.

Getting Started as a Glassblower
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There are many ways to become a glassblower—at art schools, through apprenticeships, or even at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Blown Away resident evaluator Katherine Gray and Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass discuss how they got their start blowing glass.

How Contemporary Artists Find Their Fire at The Corning Museum of Glass
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Corning, New York, is synonymous with glass—and many artists find their way to this small town nestled in the Finger Lakes. Eric Meek from The Corning Museum of Glass explains how the Museum supports artists sculpting their own path in contemporary glassmaking.

Claire Kelly Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (January 2020)
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Watch Claire Kelly demonstrate for her class, Blowing Glass with 104 COE, which explores the unconventional use of Morretti glass in the hot shop. Known for distinctive use of color to create patterns and striking visual effects, Claire will be creating an abstract blown glass form with carefully

Bill Gudenrath Live-streamed Studio Demonstration (July 2019)
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In case you missed it live last summer, watch Bill Gudenrath's demo from his Venetian techniques class now. See the final pieces starting at 1:10:40. When not teaching at The Studio, Gudenrath can be found studying Venetian glass and making his own Venetian-style glass. He is the author of The

David Colton Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch David Colton, recipient of the 34th Rakow Commission, demo in his signature glassworking style in the Amphitheater Hot Shop on December 18. In this demo, Colton creates various components for his flameworked sculptures. Colton's work "Untitled, Corning Museum" is the first

Meet the 2019 Rakow Commission Artist David Colton | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Hear from David Colton, recipient of the 34th Rakow Commission, as he shares about his work, influences, and community. The Rakow Commission is awarded annually to up-and-coming and established artists whose work is not yet represented in the Museum’s collection https://www.cmog.org/colton Watch an

David Colton, 34th Rakow Commission Recipient
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Hear from David Colton, maker of the first glass cannabis pipe, also known as functional glass, to ever be accessioned into an art museum's collection. Learn more about the work, now on view at The Corning Museum of Glass https://www.cmog.org/colton Since the late 1990s, glass has been the

Conservation Live Stream: How to Wash Glass
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In this live stream from the Conservation Lab, watch as Steve Koob, chief conservator, Astrid van Giffen, associate conservator, and Lianne Uesato, assistant conservator share how they wash and care for glass in the Museum’s collection. And, just in time for the upcoming holidays, they’ll share

Learning About Ancient Glass: Underwater Archaeology
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Between 1984 and 1994 the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) excavated the remains of a Late Bronze Age shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship’s cargo consisted primarily of raw materials, including glass. Courtesy of Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A & M University

The Gay Agenda: Glass Edition | Behind the Glass Lecture
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Join New Glass Now artists Tamás Ábel, Deb Czeresko, and Matthew Day Perez for this special panel programmed by LGBTQ+ young adults as they explore the intersections of art, artists, glass, and queer identity. This event was presented by Fusion. Fusion is Corning young adults helping youth fuse

Salt Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration (August 2019)
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Bringing his unique style and approach to flameworking to The Studio, Salt teaches students in his class how to break down color palettes and assemble sculptures from multiple pieces. Get an insider’s view into his processes during this live stream from the class Sculpture & Lampworking

Kim Thomas Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Sculptor and flameworker Kim Thomas shows students in her class how to incorporate moving parts into sculptures using borosilicate glass. Get an insider’s view during this live stream from her class Model & Motivity on August 21. See the final foot starting at 1:15:25. When not teaching at The

Iittala + Oiva Toikka's Birds Live Streamed Demonstration
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Watch Guest Artists Juha Saarikko and Helena Welling from Iittala in a live, narrated demonstration from the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Both glassmakers are visiting as part of the fourth Imagination to Creation: Oiva’s Birds. See the final birds starting at 1:23:15. Browse the full collection of

Joe Peters Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Influenced by marine life and the natural world, artist Joe Peters demonstrates for students in his class how to create detailed sculptures of animals, plants and humans in borosilicate. Watch him demo a solid hammerhead shark in this live stream from The Studio. See the final shark starting at 58

Sarah Briland | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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Hear from artist Sarah Briland about her Sinking Island series and her response to climate change https://www.cmog.org/bio/sarah-briland "Utilizing sculptures that are actually working within a museological framework and finding ways to create the strangeness within the pedestal: it's

Catherine Labonté Guest Artist Demonstration (August 2019)
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Watch as Catherine Labonté unveils a new, never-before-seen glass animal--a penguin--during a guest artist demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Hear the name Catherine selected for the penguin and see the piece out of the annealer starting at 2:03:25. Shop glass made by the artist https:/

Masahiro Sasaki Guest Artist Demonstration
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Japanese artist Masahiro Sasaki subscribes to the concept of “kogei,” skilled craftsmanship, and how material and technique lead to form. Sasaki leads the glass program at Aichi University in Japan. In his work, he likes to experiment with organic shapes to create sculptures with an inorganic

Jim Byrnes Live-Streamed Studio Demonstration
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Flameworker Jim Byrnes teaches students in his class the skills for solid sculpting, hollow ware, straight seals, and pulling points. In this demo, he shows how to blow glass ornaments. See the final works starting at 1:20:29. When not teaching at The Studio, Byrnes works out of his studio in

Helen Tegeler Guest Artist Demonstration
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Watch Helen Tegeler create a large acorn with a squirrel all made in glass. See the final piece starting at 1:21:02. From growth patterns, developmental structures, and surface textures, Tegeler feels there are infinite design possibilities when interpreting nature in glass. https://www.cmog.org

Jim Butler | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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"Glassblowing is entirely...it's like playing music. You depend on and conjure it with the participation of other people and that fundamental difference...I'm addicted to really. I find it incredibly energizing, and not just in terms of the immediate experience, I think that it has

Shinobu Kurosawa | Artist-in-Residence at The Studio
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"What I pay attention to while I'm working is this: I believe when one creates something, one's feelings remain within that object. So I'm attentive to working in such a manner that my own feelings or soul can be infused into the piece I'm making."- Shinobu Kurosawa

Iittala + Oiva Toikka's Birds Live Streamed Demonstration
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Watch guest artists Helena Welling and Juha Saarikko from Iittala in a live, narrated demonstrations from the Amphitheater Hot Shop. Both glassmakers are visiting as part of the fourth Imagination to Creation: Oiva’s Birds.

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