THE NATIONAL AMERICAN GLASS CLUB EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Updated June 10, 2014

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Video Programs (All are Video tapes in the VHS format unless noted as DVDs.)

Alchemy in Light: Making Art Glass -DVD- - Produced by Kenneth Grimes, 1995. This excellent film permits the viewer to experience the creative work of three contemporary glass artists, Ann Corcoran, David Lindsey and Michael Nourot. 29 minutes.

Candlewick: Volume I: At Home, In any Home, “Imperial Beauty” - Produced by Imperial Glass Collectors Society, 1993. The title of this film is deceiving. The majority of the film is about the History of the Imperial Glass Company, its workers and products. Only the end of the film deals with displays of Imperial’s Candlewick pattern from the Society’s 1993 convention. 120 minutes.

Candlewick: Volume II: - This video is footage of two authors at the 1993 convention discussing “Candlewick.” 68 minutes.

Dale Chihuly: Glass Master - Produced by Ringe/Rydman Productions, 1987. Dale Chihuly and his glassworking team are shown working at Harvey Littleton's studio in January 1987. Chihuly discusses the development of his glass skills, the team concept he follows, and the various glassworking techniques he employs. His narration is supplemented by the comments of each team member and by wonderful footage of the team in action. An extremely informative film about one of the most renowned "personalities" in contemporary glass. 26 minutes.

Defying Gravity with Josh Simpson -DVD- - The fascinating PBS documentary about the making of the world’s largest paperweight (107 lbs.). Josh Simpson was commissioned by the Corning Museum of Glass to create a Megaplanet Paperweight and this documentary of “defying gravity” shows each step of this challenging project. 60 minutes. Also on YouTube

Designs in Miniature: The Canes of Murano, 1835-1924 - Produced by The Corning Museum of Glass, created by Gianni Moretti and Giovanni Sarpellon, 1995. This film, which accompanied The Corning Museum exhibition “Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass” informs the viewer about the production of miniature pictures in glass. (In spite of its short length, this is an excellent video on the making of canes and mosaics. Editor) 15 minutes.

Dominic Labino: The Man & His Art -DVD- - Produced by WBGU–TV, Bowling Green State University, 1980. Interview with Dominic Labino, who helped introduce the studio glass movement through his technical advice at Harvey Littleton's famous 1962 Toledo workshop. After 35 years as an engineer in the glass industry, Labino retired in 1965 to work full time as a studio glass artist. Labino is shown at work in his studio as he describes his life long involvement with glass. 30 minutes.

Dorflinger Glass - Produced by New Hampshire Public Television. George Michael interviews Helen Barger, a noted collector and historian of Dorflinger glass, in the PBS program series "Antiques and American." Mrs. Barger surveys the general characteristics of Dorflinger glass, which was produced in Brooklyn, NY, and later in White Mills, PA, from 1852 to 1921. She discusses many examples from her own collection, including outstanding colored overlays with Brilliant style cutting and items that descended in the families of factory workers. 30 minutes.

Dwight Lanmon and the World's Greatest Paperweights - Produced by Corning Community College, 1978. An interview with Dwight Lanmon, then Deputy Director of Collections at The Corning Museum of Glass, done in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition "Paperweights: Flowers which clothe the meadows." Lanmon discusses the history of glass paperweights, the various techniques employed in paperweight making, and the formulation of the museum's exhibition, including planning procedures and selection criteria. 30 minutes.

Fenton: The Glassmaker's Art - Produced by Riverside Productions, 1987. Employees describe blown and pressed glass production at the Fenton factory as the camera captures each process on film. Unusual techniques such as swinging, ringing, and handle twisting are particularly interesting to see. The documentary also covers the production of metal molds, the operations of the decorating shop, and the history of the factory, which was established in Williamstown, WV, in 1906. Extremely well produced. 25 minutes.

The Fragile Art: The Midwestern Heritage of Glassmaking - Produced by WBGU–TV, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1986. This film documents the fascinating story of glassmaking in Ohio and surrounding states from the mid 19th century to the present. Dynamic imagery shifts back and forth between contemporary production scenes, 19th century photographs and prints, early 20th century film clips, and interviews with such authorities as Ken Wilson, James Measell and Carl Fauster. A fast paced, colorful and often poignant look into the lives and times of some of the nation's most interesting artisans. 60 minutes.

Glass Artistry in the Making: Fenton Art Glass - Tour of the Fenton Art Glass Company’s production of their handcrafted glassware. The video clearly explains and shows the materials, equipment, and many techniques used by the press shop, the glassblowers and hand-decorating department to create each unique piece of glass. 1992. 25 minutes

Glassblowing with Bill Gudenrath - Produced in 1992 by Andy Hudson, this film records a glassblowing demonstration presented at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Gudenrath exhibits his consummate skills at glassmaking in the Venetian style. Working without assistants, he shapes simple spheres, carafes and an elegant tazza in the first hour long portion of the film. Running commentary is difficult to hear over the roar of the furnace, but actions speak volumes! The second portion, which lasts 50 minutes, demonstrates the production of a dragon stemmed goblet. The third portion, a 40 minute “chalk talk” lecture by Gudenrath, covers the artist’s interest in glass, the development of his techniques, and his study of ancient glass and glassmaking.

Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath. -DVD- William Gudenrath, resident adviser of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, is a glassblower, scholar, lecturer and teacher. He is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on glassmaking techniques from the ancient world through the 18th century. This video shows how Gudenrath thinks about, understands, and recreates historical glass objects and applies this thinking to his own work.
Like the others in this series, the film was shot at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass by award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman. The film gives students, artists, and anyone interested in the glass arts a unique opportunity to experience Gudenrath's genius. Publication year 2010. 2 discs, 124 minutes. Also on YouTube

Glass Masters at Work: Mark Matthews. -DVD- This video presents Mark Matthews, a maker of extraordinary glass spheres, and demonstrates how he creates some of his designs. Matthews is renowned for the impressive range of techniques he uses to produce complex geometric patterns and realistic interpretations of animal pelts within glass spheres. For his marbles, Matthews draws heavily from historical influences that span the 3,500-year history of glassmaking.
In interviews, the artist shares his diverse and sometimes surprising sources of inspiration. The film, by Academy and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman, was made at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and it gives students, artists, and anyone interested in the glass arts a unique opportunity to experience Matthews's genius. Publication year 2009. 1 disc, 83 minutes. Also on YouTube

Glass Masters at Work: Vittorio Costantini. -DVD- Vittorio Costantini is a Venetian glass master known for his precisely rendered small flameworked sculptures. He is inspired by nature, and he works with a range of subjects, including multi-colored insects, birds, fish, and flowers.
Costantini's pieces are celebrated for their accuracy of form and truth to detail. The film, by Academy and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman, was made at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and it gives students, artists, and anyone interested in the glass arts a unique opportunity to experience Costantini's genius. Publication Year 2010 57 minutes. 1 disc, 57 minutes. Also on YouTube

Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliapietra. -DVD- Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Lehman catches the drama and intensity of maestro Lino Tagliapietra creating his inventive works in glass. Filmed at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass during a special, private workshop and dramatically set to music for a dazzling sensory experience. 2010. 2.5 minutes. Also on YouTube

Glassworking Processes and Properties, CMOG -DVD- This educational video presents 43 brief segments on the various techniques employed in glassworking: blowing, flameworking, cold working, and casting. Objects are introduced in each segment, followed by the processes used in their creation. Other topics include the composition of glass, glass coloring, and annealing. DVD produced by The Corning Museum of Glass, Approx. Length: 75 Min.

Eric Goldschmidt: Flameworked Goblets -DVD- Eric Goldschmidt: Flameworked Goblets. A glassmaker, teacher, and student, Eric Goldschmidt has studied with several of the world's greatest flameworkers. His lessons are a synthesis of what he has been taught and what he has discovered himself. This program is designed to instruct intermediate and advanced flameworkers on making borosilicate goblets, giving the student a greater understanding of working hollows in general. Topics demonstrated:

Approx. Length: 60 min.

Hearts of Glass: The Story of Blenko Handcraft - Produced by West Virginia Public Television, 1998. This is the story of Blenko’s struggle over the past 100 years to survive as one of the few remaining factories where glass is made entirely by hand. The film follows the early development of its brilliant colors used in making stained glass windows that are still used in their new glass pieces. The use of some wonderful archival footage shows how the making of hand-blown glass remains the same today. 70 minutes

Journey Through Glass: A Tour of the Corning Museum Collection - Produced by The Corning Museum of Glass, 1992. A concise survey of some 4,000 years of glassmaking conducted by Dr. David Whitehouse, Director of The Corning Museum of Glass. Whitehouse places the various categories of glass, from ancient Mesopotamian, Roman and Islamic to Venetian, European, English and American, into fascinating historical context. He describes the characteristics of each and shows how these characteristics can be influenced by the social, political and technological conditions of the day. A remarkably clear and comprehensive overview illustrated with spectacular glass treasures from the museum's collection. 20 minutes

L’Arte Vetratia – Josh Simpson - Produced and directed by David Lazar, 1993. The acclaimed glass artist discusses his personal history and the technical, creative processes involved in his use of glass as his medium of expression. This is interspersed with excellent scenes showing the glass making process and techniques including those used to make his wonderful and unique glass planets. 26 minutes

A Legacy of American Craftsmanship: The National Heisey Museum - The glass company of Colonel A. H. Heisey was founded in Newark, Ohio, in 1895. Over the following 61 years, it produced an astonishing variety of pressed, blown and etched glass, first in imitation cut glass patterns, then in the colonial style, and finally in patterns and forms of modern inspiration. This video surveys the many distinct forms and colors of Heisey glass and the impressive accomplishments of dedicated Heisey collectors. Produced by Heisey Glass Collectors of America, 1994. 26 minutes.

Living Glass: Patterns of the Depression Era - Produced by RoCliff Communications, 1993. This two volume set deals with the production of Depression Era glass exploring over 100 machine-made patterns. Volume I contains over 50 patterns of molds of Anchor-Hocking, Jeannette, and Hazel-Atlas. 98 minutes. Volume II presents 40 patterns made by Federal, MacBeth-Evans, Indiana, and Imperial. 91 minutes.

Lyricism of Swedish Glass - Mouldmaker in West Virginia. Part One of a five part sequence on YouTube consisting of an interview of Paul Weinberger were conducted on January 22, 2011 in the Dorothy S. Daugherty Library for Glass Research at the Museum of American Glass in Weston, West Virginia Filmed for the Pikes Peak Library District, 1994. With an emphasis on Orrefors Glass, William Geary, President of Nordic Art Glass, discusses Swedish glass design and production, including the techniques of Graal and Ariel glass. This well structured and informative video shows the contributions made by Swedish glassmakers between 1900-1980 as well as the creative pieces designed by contemporary artists. 48 minutes.

Master Class Series, Vol. I, Cane Working with Lino Tagliapietra -DVD- -The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
- Viewers follow the renowned glassmaker as he makes canes and uses them to decorate his own intricate blown vessels at the Studio. He discusses the state of glassmaking in Murano and his own philosophy of glassmaking. 30 minutes.

Master Class Series, Vol. II, An Introduction to Venetian Techniques -DVD- - The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass - William Gudenrath, the resident advisor for the studio, takes the viewers through the processes of Venetian glassblowing. An authority on historical hot glass working techniques from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance, we watch Mr. Gudenrath create his own Venetian inspired glass pieces. 30 minutes.

Master Class Series, Vol. III, Engraving on Glass - Jirí Harcuba -DVD- - The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, 1999 - A leader in the field of glass engraving, Mr. Harcuba talks about his life and work and also comments on some of the engraved and carved glass at the Museum. The videotape shows Mr. Harcuba creating his innovative portraiture in glass with the highest level of craftsmanship. 30 minutes.

Master Glass Series, Vol. IV, Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi -DVD- The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass - Glass artists, Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi, show how they create their work using a process that they reinvented – the old, delicate and time-consuming technique of pâte de verre. They demonstrate all the steps in this process by making two beautiful glass pieces, a cabbage leaf and a mosaic bowl. 2000. 30 minutes

Master Class Series, Vol. V, Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo -DVD- - The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, 2002 - Venetian flameworking master, Cesare Toffolo, has developed a distinctive style that is both traditional and modern art. In this video, he shows and explains the balance of techniques, the desired heat from the flame and the exact timeliness needed to manipulate the glass. Considered by many to be the world’s finest technical flameworker, we observe his skill as he creates a beautiful bowl and an intricate goblet. 28 minutes.

Master Class Series, Vol VI, Kiln Formed Glass – Rudi Gritsch -DVD- -The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass - Rudi Gritsch, the Austrian kilnforming artist and instructor takes viewers through many of his processes involving the kiln. We follow Mr. Gritsch as he takes his work from the initial phases of design through the detailed setups, firings and finishing processes, to completed works of art. He also takes us on a historical kilnworking tour of the Corning Museum of Glass. 2002. 30 minutes.

Master Class Series, Vol VII, Beadmaking with Kristina Logan -DVD- - Kristina Logan is internationally recognized for her precisely patterned, delicate glass beads, which she combines with metalwork to create jewelry and functional objects. In this video, Logan demonstrates her process of beadmaking at the torch, finishing the glass by cold-working, and incorporating her glass and silverwork into completed pieces of jewelry. Logan also discusses the history of glass beads and shares the philosophy of her work. Says Logan, "Beads are part of my lifelong fascination with art and ornamentation. Glass beads form a historical thread, connecting people and cultures throughout our history. Color DVD presented by The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Length: 30 min. Also on YouTube

Master Glass Series Vol X, Eggshell Thin Pate de Verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi -DVD- - Pâte de verre is a kiln-casting process in which colored powdered glass is packed into a plaster mold, then fired at a high temperature. The result is a relatively thick, somewhat opaque object. This complex method of glassworking is shown in great detail in our earlier video Master Class Series IV: Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi. Here, Shin-ichi Higuchi shows us something similar, yet very different indeed. After years of research and experimentation, he shares with us his rediscovery of a late 19th-/early 20th-century pâte de verre process for making eggshell thin, translucent vessels. Deeply inspired (and challenged) by the work of French Art Nouveau artists François-Emile Decorchemont and Albert Dammouse, Higuchi reveals his creative voice in a very challenging medium. Filmed at the Higuchis' studio in Japan, Shin-ichi Higuchi methodically leads us through this painstaking, but beautiful process which invites exploration by other contemporary artists. Published on May 20, 2014 Length 2.5 minutes. Also on YouTube

Murano: Fantasy in Glass - A visual journey of the Murano art glass made by today’s master glassmakers. The video presents beautiful images of the glass artists as they blow, engrave, and decorate their extraordinary pieces of glass. 12 minutes

19th Century American Glass - Produced by New Hampshire Public Television. George Michael interviews Lowell Innes, historian of Pittsburgh glass and honorary curator of the Currier Gallery of Art (Manchester, N.H.), in the PBS program series "Antiques," 1980. Using American examples from the Currier's outstanding permanent collection, Innes considers issues of function, attribution, quality and technical production. 30 minutes.

The Paperweight Artists of Lundberg Studios - Produced by ALP Video of Santa Cruz, Calif., 1991. Exceptional film sequences of artists Steve Lundberg and Daniel Salazar as they create illusions of great depth in their paperweights. The effects, which have come to be known as the California paperweight style, involve a combination of lampworking, pick manipulation, and implantation, as layers of a design are built up one on top of another. An extremely well produced film. 30 minutes.

The Rockwell Museum - June 2000 - Documentary by the Friends of Carder Glass on the Carder Steuben glass collection as it appeared before being moved from the Rockwell Museum. The videotape shows each gallery and case with close-ups of each piece of glass. Includes a short section on the toy and western art collections. 35 minutes.

Paul Stankard: Inventing Illusions - Produced by K. Bates-Renaurd, 1996. This new film best illustrates the remarkable work and aesthetic philosophy of glass artist Paul Stankard. There is excellent footage of Stankard working, along with interviews of a collector, a gallery owner and a museum curator. 46 minutes

Sandwich Glass - Produced by New Hampshire Public Television, George Michael interviews Raymond Barlow, author and historian of the Sandwich glass industry, in the PBS program series "Antiques & Americana," 1982. Barlow surveys the history of the factory, recounts colorful anecdotes about the glassworkers, and displays some spectacular Sandwich glass and Sandwich factory artifacts. 30 minutes.

A Toast to Drinking Glasses - Produced by the Dorflinger Study Group, NAGC 1988. A brief survey of the uses and forms of glass drinking vessels. Still image format. 25 minutes.

Venetian Glass - The famous works of Barovier, Moretti, Seguso, Venini and others are examined and discussed by authority Rosa Barovier Mentasti in this adaptation of her book Venetian Glass, 1890-1990. Bold color, innovative form and superlative craftsmanship typify the bold work of the Venetian glasshouses. An excellent survey. Published by Key Pictures, Inc., 1994. 34 minutes.

Where the Earth Meets the Sky – The Glassworks of Josh Simpson - Produced and directed by Keith Clark, 2001. The video explores this glass artist’s lifelong fascination with space, his creative process and his novel glass legacy. It illustrates how his constant experimentation with the unique properties of glass has inspired him to produce a remarkable variety of art glass. There is excellent footage showing the technical difficulties and the adept teamwork involved in making one of Simpson’s Megaplanets from start to finish. 40 minutes

Whimsies & Curiosities - Produced by the Dorflinger Glass Study Group, NAGC. A look at the whimsies and curiosities produced by glassworkers, both for sale and their own amusement. Still image format. 25 minutes.

Windows to a View: The Work of Glass Sculptor Christopher Ries - Produced by WVIA, 1993. This film gives the viewer a unique opportunity to witness the talent and skill of glass artist Christopher Ries. His monumental clear glass sculptures, made from Schott optical glass, illustrate his impressive work in glass carving.

The World of Paperweight Masterpieces - Produced by Gloria Wax for The Corning Museum of Glass, 1991. A fascinating survey of paperweight history and paperweight making. Narrated by Dwight P. Lanmon, this film examines some of the superlative creations of the mid 19th and early 20th centuries. It then brings the viewer into contemporary studios and glass factories to witness the production mysteries of sulfide encrustations, millefiori canes, Trabucco lizards, Stankard botanicals and Millville roses. Outstanding documentary. 45 minutes.

Slide Programs
American Pattern Glass - Produced by Harriet Roberts, NAGC. Traces the history and use of pressed pattern tableware, 71 slides.

Open Master Salts - Produced by Dr. Edward Tinney, NAGC. Traces the history of the use of salt in our civilization and the vessels, especially glass, used to dispense salt. 75 slides.