All About Glass
All About Glass
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Emile Gallé was an artist of genius, a poet, and a horticulturalist. He designed remarkable glass, ceramics, and furniture. The huge dragonfly that adorns this chalice-like coupe reflects Gallé's profound love of nature. Gift in part of Benedict Silverman, in memory of Gerry Lou Silverman.
Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes "Marquiscarpa" by American artist Richard Marquis. Using techniques that originated in Italy, American artist Richard Marquis pays homage to the great Italian designer Carlo Scarpa.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Meteor, Flower, Bird" by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová convey three messages with this sculpture. Meteor, on the left, represents
Some of this furniture was designed to be used, while other pieces are purely decorative. Ghost Chair, on the left, is sturdy enough for use; Likewise, Danny Lane's Etruscan Chair on the far right was also designed for sitting.
Learn more about "Still Life with Plum" by American artists Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick.
This image of a man sitting in an airplane and gazing out of the window evokes feelings of sadness and loss. Who or what did he leave behind? What does the future hold at his destination?
Listen as curator, Tina Oldknow, describes the object "Family Matter" by American artist Jill Reynolds.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this window for the "Playhouse," a kindergarten with a stage, at the Coonley Residence in Riverside, Illinois. The design, with its flag and colorful balloons, was inspired by parades. Clara S. Peck Endowment Purchase.
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Black Cube" by Czech artist Marian Karel. The sculpture Black Cube is not really a cube. Each side slightly bulges as though there is some sort of energy pushing the walls outward.
Traditional glass engravers use copper wheels mounted on a lathe. The wheels come in many shapes and sizes. An abrasive slurry drips onto the wheel as the engraver works on the design.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Untitled (White)" by American artist Josiah McElhany. American artist Josiah McElheny reproduced well-known modern designs in opaque white glass. He pays homage to classic 20th-century design.
Learn more about "Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, of Course" by American artist Ginny Ruffner.
Learn about the ways that glass artists have used artistic expression in the Museum's Modern Glass Gallery.
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow, describes "Red Pyramid" by Czech artists Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, a husband and wife team, collaborated for more than 40 years. These artists pioneered the technique of mold melting, where
Learn more about "Evening Dress with Shawl" by American artist Karen LaMonte. This five-part cast-glass sculpture is hollow, but suggests a body inside the dress.
The pieces in Gianni Toso's Chess Set, made in about 1981, are in the form of Jewish and Roman Catholic worshippers. The kings are a rabbi and a bishop. The tiny details of the figures were made by softening glass in a flame and molding it into the desired shapes.
Listen as curators Tina Oldknow and David Whitehouse describe "Fern Green Tower" by American artist Dale Chihuly. Northwest native Dale Chihuly calls glass ' the most magical of materials.' He is probably the best-known artist working in blown glass today, and his sculptures and
Whimsies are what modern collectors call pieces that were made by individual glassmakers for fun or for show. Glassmakers would make these after their regular work shifts.
Between 1880 and 1915, more cut glass was made in Corning, New York, than anywhere else in the country. This punch bowl was made here by local glasscutters.
Listen as glass artist William Gudenrath, describes the techniques used to create "Endeavor" by Italian artist Lino Tagliapietra, one of the greatest living glass artists. These 18 boats evoke the gondolas of his native Venice. Each boat was blown and then cold worked to create the
Anthem of Joy was created by the Czech designer Věra Liškova. It was made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) over a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Gift of Art Centrum.
This window, decorated with hollyhocks, trumpet vines and wisteria, came from a mansion overlooking the Hudson River.
The glass slipper was made in Corning, New York to be worn in a movie about Cinderella. The movie was never made, so the slipper was never worn. Gift of Corning Glass Works.
Cascade Wall was designed by George Thompson and made in Corning by Steuben Glass for its New York City showroom. When it was installed in the showroom in 1959, it had a reflecting pool at the bottom. Gift of Steuben Glass, Inc.
Listen as curator, David Whitehouse describes the stages of making a paperweight.
People have decorated with glass beads for hundreds of years. This crown was made in Nigeria in the mid-20th century.
This cup is named for JP Morgan, the famous banker who once owned it. It is the only known ancient Roman cameo glass vessel that has survived intact. The scene shows worshippers at a shrine.
This is a full-scale model of half an Egyptian glass furnace. The original is more than 3500 years old.
Ancient glassmakers discovered a technique called core forming. A core was formed from dung and clay, then dried. The core was covered with glass. After cooling, the core was scraped out. The bottles were used for perfume and cosmetics.
The first successful glassmaker in America was Caspar Wistar who began a factory in New Jersey. Before his factory, all glass was imported from England and Europe. This bottle is one of three that are known to come from his factory.