All About Glass

All About Glass

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Gemmail
Glass Dictionary Term

(French, “enamel gem”) Term coined by the painter Jean Crotti (French, 1870─1958) to describe a technique for layering and adhering pieces of colored glass onto a panel in order to create compositions that are meant to be viewed in front of a light box or illuminated from behind. Plural is gemmaux.

Prismatic cutting
Glass Dictionary Term

A decorative pattern of long, mitered grooves, cut horizontally in straight lines so that the top edges of each groove touch the edges of the adjoining grooves. Prismatic cutting is usually found on the necks of pitchers and decanters.