At the time of his partnership with Harvey Littleton, Dominick Labino (1910-1987) was vice president and director of research at the Johns-Manville Fiber Glass Corporation in Ohio. Labino’s expertise in batching (formulating and mixing the raw materials to make glass) and melting supported Littleton’s experiments in working the material. At the first Toledo workshop, it was discovered that the initial batch of melted glass was unworkable. Unwilling to abandon the project, Littleton sought Labino’s help. Labino provided the workshop with some of his fiberglass marbles, formulated to melt at low temperatures, and suggested ways in which the furnace format could be converted. The technical adjustments worked, and Littleton and Labino introduced the first handful of studio artists to their “new” material, glass. Emergence Four-Stage is a classic example of Labino’s multicolored sculpture with internal veiling. This technique, which he developed, has become iconic of the first decades of the American Studio Glass movement.