Glass Reflections
Cambridge 7th to 9th September

Presenting Author:
Glen Cook

article posted 25 Feb 2015

Glen Cook

Dr. Cook is the chief scientist at the Corning Museum of Glass. He holds a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and is a former research scientist at Corning Incorporated. Dr. Cook is inventor on over a dozen patents related to glass and semiconductor processing, and is an expert in the scientific fundamentals of glass processing.

New Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence Program:
Corning Incorporated and Corning Museum of Glass

Glen Cook
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) has teamed up with glass innovator Corning Incorporated to launch the Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence program, a new residency that supports artists in adapting technical, highly engineered glass materials for the creation of new artwork.

Corning Incorporated, which has developed and patented more than 150 such specialty glass formulations, is providing the resident artist with access to the glass, as well as access to staff with technical expertise in glass formulation, melting, and forming. The resident artist also works closely with the Museum's chief scientist, glassmakers, curators, and other staff to better understand glass and its historical and artistic contexts.

Albert Paley Flame Sprays Molten Kovar onto Code 7056 Bubble on Blowpipe

The residency focuses less on creating a final body of work, and more on exploration, both for the artists to explore aestheic potential, and the material scientists to advance understanding of the glass's capabilities and adaptability. Work is being done at Sullivan Park, Corning Incorporated's flagship research and development facility, as well as at The Studio at CMoG, and CMoG's new Amphitheater Hotshop.

Chris Rochelle Gathers Gorilla

The first Resident is metal sculptor Albert Paley, known for his mixed-media pieces incorporating studio glass with steel. Material and processes explored included furnace working of Kovar-metal sealing glass, chemically strengthenable GorillaTM glass, and a glass-ceramic, and flameworking of high purity fused silica. Other materials and process are also available, e.g., melted glass for traditional art-glass processing methods, and manufactured forms that can be reworked by artists (e.g., fusion-drawn sheet), and shall be determined for each individual Resident.

Finished Code 7056 Glass and Forged Kovar Metal