THE NATIONAL AMERICAN GLASS CLUB
Updated April 7, 2011
Back issues of The Glass Club Bulletin are available for $4 each and a complete set (1938 – current) for $400. Copies of the Index (1-179) are available. Bulletins that are out of print have been reproduced. For the complete Index of Bulletins see www.glassclub.org.
The Video and Slide Programs are loaned to members for $15 and the borrower pays return postage. These fees cover shipping and video program maintenance.
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 in DVD Format.
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.
Cane Working with Lino Tapliapietra, Master Class
Series, Vol. I, The Studio of the
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.
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 in DVD Format, 2007.
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,
Dwight Lanmon and the World's Greatest Paperweights
Engraving on Glass - Jirí Harcuba, Master Class
Series, Vol. III, The Studio of the
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.
Fenton: The Glassmaker's Art
Flameworking with Cesare Toffolo, Master Class Series, Vol. V, The Studio
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.
The Fragile Art: The Midwestern Heritage of Glassmaking
Produced by WBGU–TV,
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.
Hearts of Glass: The Story of Blenko Handcraft
An Introduction to Venetian Techniques, Master Class Series, Vol. II, 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
Journey Through Glass: A Tour of the
Produced by The
Kilm Formed Glass – Rudi Gritsch, Master Class Series, Vol. VI, 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.
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
The glass company of
Colonel A. H. Heisey was founded in
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,
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.
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
The Paperweight Artists of Lundberg Studios
Produced by ALP Video of
Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi, Master Glass Series, Vol. IV, 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
Documentary by the Friends
of Carder Glass on the Carder Steuben glass collection as it appeared before
being moved from the
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
Produced by New Hampshire
Public Television, George Michael interviews Raymond Barlow, author and
historian of the
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.
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
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.