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Overall H: 23.5 cm, Diam (max): 16.6 cm
On Display
about 1958-1959
Web Description: 
Before the development of the Studio Glass movement, artists conducted limited experiments with hot glass in their own studios, preferring warm glass processes such as kiln fusing and slumping. During the 1950s and 1960s, some artists and designers, who called themselves “designer-craftsmen,” explored innovative uses for fused glass and enamels. One of them was Frances Stewart Higgins (b. 1912). She and her husband, Michael, produced a wide range of commercial tableware and one-of-a-kind objects. From 1957 to 1966, the Higginses contracted with the Dearborn Glass Company in Illinois to produce their designs, but they continued to make work in their studio. This experimental vessel anticipates the trend in nonfunctional vase forms characteristic of the early Studio Glass movement. It was made by heating pieces of crushed colorless glass until they fused but still retained their original shape. The vessel is decorated with a simple strip of gold and white enamel.
Fifty-50 Gallery, Source
Frances Higgins
on base in script
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with white and gold enameling; crushed glass, fused, enameled. Tapered cylindrical shape with irregular upper edge; thick-walled cylinder of large granules fused in a mold leaving scattered open areas and an overall "shattered" appearance; rim is irregularly sloped; two opposing sides of body decorated with an enameled design of a single vertical line of white with six short horizontal strokes, design detailed with thin gold interior enameled lines; base is flat and slightly concave.
Corning Museum of Glass 2003-09-22 through 2004-03-01
Corning Incorporated Gallery 2004-06-17 through 2004-10-03
Fused Glass: The Art of Frances and Michael Higgins
Fifty-50 Gallery 1985-11-21 through 1986-01-22
Joy of Fusing (2011) illustrated, p. 5; BIB# 127379
Makers A History of American Studio Craft (2010) illustrated, p. 254; BIB# 118619
Seeing Through Modernism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 137;
Contemporary Kiln-formed Glass (2009) illustrated, p. 69; BIB# 112683
American Studio Glass 1960-1990 (2004) illustrated, p. 34; p. 39; BIB# 81488
Women working in glass (2003) illustrated, p. 22; BIB# 75742
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 59, fig 3.15; BIB# 120381
Recent Important Acquisitions, 29 (1987) illustrated, p. 129, #50; BIB# AI19055
Recent Acquisitions: Corning (New Work) (1986) p. 38;
Fused Glass: The Artisanry of Frances and Michael Higgins (1985) illustrated, p. 3, far right; BIB# 32998