Biography: Lance Kasparian
The Berkshire Glassworks, the subject of Lance Kasparian’s research, specialized in the manufacture of handmade plate and cylinder glass for church windows. He used his Rakow Research Grant to study the firm’s organization and development, its use of local materials, the presence of skilled foreign workers, and “links with the emerging design establishment and stained glass artists in 19th-century Boston.” One part of this project addressed “the concept of a proto-opalescent phase in the development of 19th-century American stained glass.”
Kasparian received degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the author of several publications on stained glass manufacture and trade in the Boston area.