Commemorative Pokal Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1962 Toledo Glass Workshops and Fritz Dreisbach's 30 Years of Working with Glass

Title: 
Commemorative Pokal Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1962 Toledo Glass Workshops and Fritz Dreisbach's 30 Years of Working with Glass

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Object Name: 
Goblet
Title: 
Commemorative Pokal Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1962 Toledo Glass Workshops and Fritz Dreisbach's 30 Years of Working with Glass
Accession Number: 
93.4.26
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 54.8 cm; Rim Diam: 16.2 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1993
Credit Line: 
8th Rakow Commission
Web Description: 
A studio glass pioneer, Fritz Dreisbach is an influential teacher, artist, and historian. He has spent his career teaching and demonstrating glassblowing across the United States and around the world. Dreisbach has also devoted much of his time to documenting the American Studio Glass movement's early years. The images and inscriptions on this Pokal chronicle important names and events in the history of American studio glass. This Pokal was inspired by the large toasting vessels made in Germany from the 17th to mid-19th centuries. These vessels were often decorated with elaborate motifs and inscriptions. Like its precursors, the Dreisbach Pokal has both Hochschnitt (relief) and Tiefschnitt (intaglio) engraving. Images include the American eagle holding a blowpipe, jacks, ladle, and shears in its talons; the hot shop at the Pilchuck Glass School; and Dominick Labino's furnace for melting glass. The applied and carved colorless snake wrap on the stem symbolizes the ancient Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio. The inscriptions mention the seminal 1962 Toledo Glass Workshops at The Toledo Museum of Art, the first important studio glass exhibitions, influential artists in the early days, and university and summer glass programs across the United States.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Dreisbach, Fritz ((American, b. 1941)), Source
1993
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Goblet, "Commemorative Pokal Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1962 Toledo Glass Workshops and Fritz Dreisbach's 30 Years of Working with Glass". Colorless, cobalt blue, manganese purple non-lead glass; some "Bondo" polymer on inside of joint for cushioning; blown with hot applications, hochschnitt (ribbon and map in relief), tiefschnitt (intaglio eagle) engraving and carving, diamond wheels and burrs, alumina and silica carbide wheels, polished with cerium oxide, pumice, wooden wheels, felt and horsehair wheels, some engraving with flexible shaft, some diamond stylus stippling and scratching, "matting" of map was done with a blend of diamond and cereum grits. Large amethyst goblet in two parts (bowl, hollow stem/foot), with overall engraving and carving (polished and unpolished); deep ovoid bowl with fire polished lipless rim; directly below rim is band of cut decoration of alternating large polished prunties and non-repeating pattern of lines and smaller prunties; bowl tapers sharply towards solid colorless ground shank that fits into hollow baluster-shaped stem with hollow conical foot; stem decorated with applied colorless decoration including ruffled and crimped wrap at top, two semi-symmetrical multiple-looped handles on upper half of stem, lower half of stem wound with snake in high relief with facet-carving to resemble scales, forked tongue, below head are shallow carved concentric circles. The decoration of the bowl is divided into four quadrants.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2005-11-17 through 2006-04-02
Corning Incorporated Gallery 2006-07-12 through 2007-01-06
Meet the Artist: Fritz Dreisbach (2012) illustrated, p. 6, far right; BIB# AI88416
Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass 2012 (2011-12) illustrated, p. 8;
The Gather (2005) p. 6;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 36 (1994) illustrated, p. 124, #44; BIB# AI33896
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1993 (1994) pp. 10-11, ill.;
The 1993 Rakow Commission: The Corning Museum of Glass (1993) p. 131, ill.;