All About Glass

All About Glass

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Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus), Historia naturalis, about A.D. 77
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First printed edition published by Johannes de Spira, Venice, 1469 A chief idea in ancient thought and in Renaissance Humanism was the centrality of the individual in the world. Accordingly, the natural world was considered to be less a manifestation of a divine creator and more a stage for the

Lorenzo Magalotti, Saggi di naturali esperienze, 1667
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The Saggi di naturali esperienze / fatte nell’Accademia del cimento sotto la protezione del serenissimo principe Leopoldo di Toscana e descritte del segretario di essa Accademia is a landmark publication in the history of experimental science. It describes experiments conducted by members of the

Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum
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The encyclopedia titled De Proprietatibus Rerum (On the properties of things) was one of the most influential and widely published pedagogical works of the late medieval period. Originally written in Latin in the mid-13th century, it contained 19 books in a single volume that was meant to encompass

Antonio Neri, L’Arte vetraria, 1612
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As the Italian Renaissance entered its last century and Galileo Galilei was using his telescope to advance the science of astronomy, a Florentine priest named Antonio Neri was writing a guide for glassmakers that would inform their craft for the next 200 years. Titled L’Arte vetraria (The art of

The History of Science and Technology in the Rakow Library
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The scientific resources housed in the Rakow Library chronicle the mutual history of glass and science. They reveal how glass was both a subject and a tool of scientific study. They also highlight the different channels of scientific communication, beginning with the Medieval manuscript of the

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The International Studio, v. 26 (1905), pp. 68-69, ill. AI92295 Illustration and brief description of a stained glass window, designed by Charles Dawson and executed by Alex. Gascoyne. Digitized by Boston Photo in April 2013. CitationDB 0C6BEADE-91DB-475A-A652-D22918283C32.pdf Dawson, Charles Art

[Studio-Talk].
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The International Studio, v. 26 (1905), p. 260, ill. AI92300 Brief mention and illustration of cartoons for stained glass, designed by Nicole D'Ascenzo. Digitized by Boston Photo in April 2013. CitationDB 6F5729B3-78E2-410F-8374-E1CD08FEE363.pdf D'Ascenzo, Nicole Glass painting and

The Window Opening in Decoration.
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The International Studio, v. 26 (1905), pp. XIV-XIX, ill. AI92294 Use of stained glass windows in architecture, with focus on Tiffany Studios. Digitized by Boston Photo in April 2013. Includes CMoG object: 76.4.22, p. XV. CitationDB 6A0DD219-927D-4D04-9463-D70253331759.pdf Tiffany Studios Glass

Leopold Blaschka and Rudolf Blaschka: Drawings for Glass Models of Marine Invertebrates
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Although many people have either heard about or visited the Harvard collection of glass flowers, few are familiar with their creators, the father and son model makers, Leopold (1822-1895) and Rudolf (1857-1939) Blaschka. Fewer still know about the Blaschkas’ models of soft-bodied undersea creatures

Prix-courant des cheminées 1896-1897.
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Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, Seraing, Belgium. 133354 [Seraing]: Cristalleries du Val-Saint Lambert, 1896. [6] p. 31 cm. Val-Saint-Lambert, Cristalleries du Cover title. Trade catalog. Believed that "B" is for Belgian prices, and "E" is for prices abroad. Purchase;

[Lustres].
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Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, Seraing, Belgium. 133360 [Seraing]: Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, [1898-1900] [3] plates: ill.; 35 cm. Val-Saint-Lambert, Cristalleries du Trade catalog. Handwritten price lists on back of each plate. Chandeliers for electric and gas lighting. Purchase;

Verres divers à jambe tirée.
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Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, Seraing, Belgium. 133352 [Seraing]: Cristalleries du Val-Saint Lambert, [ca. 1895?] [2] loose leaves (ie., [3] p.): ill.; 32 cm. Val-Saint-Lambert, Cristalleries du Caption title. Trade catalog. Suggested date provided by previous owner, Raymond Chambon. Closely

Prix-courant des cheminées 1896-1897.
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Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, Seraing, Belgium. 133355 [Seraing]: Cristalleries du Val-Saint Lambert, 1896. [6] p.; 31 cm. Val-Saint-Lambert, Cristalleries du Cover title. Trade catalog. 50 different lamp chimneys illustrated; one with sand blast design; one with needle-etched design, others

Lustres plafonnier.
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Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, Seraing, Belgium. 133359 [Seraing]: Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert, [1898-1900] 24 figs. on [9] leaves: ill.; 18-27 x 21-24 cm. Val-Saint-Lambert, Cristalleries du Trade catalog. Unique collection of blueprint plates. Figures 1-7, 11-20 are pasted on Val

Tarif des cristaux & demi-cristaux de la manufacture du Val-St. Lambert près Liége.
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Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert [Seraing, Belgium]. 133327 [Seraing: Cristalleries du Val-Saint Lambert, 1 janvier 1840 (Bruxelles: J.B. Blasseau) 21 leaves; 27 cm. Val-Saint-Lambert, Cristalleries du Trade catalog. Purchase; Chambon; 1983; 1000129448 Digitized by Boston Photo Imaging April 2013

Blaschkas’ Glass Botanical Models (1886–1936)
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Tropical and temperate plants continuously bloom in their Victorian cherry wood vitrines as visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History marvel at their favorite flowers and the most noxious weeds. These nearly 4,300 botanical models represent roughly 840 species and 170 plant families in an

Antonio Neri: Alchemist, Glassmaker, Priest
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One of the most interesting figures in the history of glass lived four hundred years ago in Florence, Italy. He was an alchemist, a glassmaker and a Catholic priest. His name was Antonio Neri and he worked for a prince from the Medici royal family. 1  Neri is famously known as the author of the

Studio Demonstrations: Jordana Korsen
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Watch Jordana Korsen demonstrate for her class, Next Steps in Glassblowing. This class will focus on the common problems that arise for students when they ha...

Historical Perspectives: Katharine Lamb Tait, 1895–1981
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Katharine Lamb Tait was born on June 3, 1895 in Alpine, New Jersey. Katharine’s father who was architect and designer, Charles Rollinson Lamb, was also president of Lamb Studios and the Stained Glass Association of America. 7 Her mother, Ella Condie Lamb was an artist. 1 In 1912, Tait graduated

Pablo Soto at 2300°: Salsa (December 2012)
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At December's 2300°: Salsa, guest artist Pablo Soto created vibrant blue glass vessels in front of a lively crowd. We caught up with him after the show to se...

Studio Demonstrations: Raven Skyriver
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Watch Raven Skyriver demonstrate for his Under Construction class at The Studio. This sculpting class will teach students how to construct the objects that t...

Artist-in-Residence: Andrew Erdos
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Andrew Erdos' work is pop, sarcastic, and humorous, with a hint of social commentary. He says, "I like taking objects that we are comfortable with—like a hum...

Artist-in-Residence: Joanna Manousis
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Joanna Manousis holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Alfred University, NY, and a B.F.A. in Glass from The University of Wolverhampton, England. She has worked,...

John Miller at 2300°: Americana (November 2012)
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Artist John Miller creates his super-sized "Blue-Plate Specials" in glass at the Hot Glass Show during 2300°: Americana. Watch as he turns some American clas...

Early Islamic Gold Sandwich Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass
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This article reviews the current state of our knowledge of early Islamic gold sandwich glass and publishes five examples in the Museum's collection. In 1964, the Corning Museum acquired a gold sandwich glass cup [64.1.32] (Fig. 1) that was identified as “2nd–4th century A.D., Parthian or

A Fragment of a Dichroic Cage Cup in The British Museum
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Among the glass in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The British Museum is a fragment of a late Roman dichroic cage cup. Although the fragment has been mentioned on several occasions, 1 it has never been described in detail. The find-place is unknown. Description The fragment (Fig. 1

“Carder” Design Reassigned
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In 1959, The Corning Museum of Glass received a large group of objects as a gift from Frederick Carder, the retired director of the Steuben Glass Works. Most of these had been made at Steuben in Corning, New York, but some were English. Most of the English pieces came from Stevens & Williams of

A Fragment of Roman Glass Decorated with Enamel
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In 1975, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired a fragment with enameled ornament that was attributed to the late Hellenistic or early Roman period. 1 It was purchased in the marketplace, and the Museum has no record of its history. The purpose of this note is to suggest that it may have been

Islamic, Byzantine, or Roman? An Unusual Fragment from the Smith Collection
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Among the objects from the collection of Ray Winfield Smith that are in The Corning Museum of Glass, one relief-cut fragment has provoked widely divergent views about its identity. 1 The object (Fig. 1), which Smith acquired in Cairo, may be described as follows: Fragment with eagle [55.1.148].

An Unusual Fragment of Cameo Glass
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The subject of this note is a fragment of cameo glass [59.1.509] (Figs. 1 and 2), now in The Corning Museum of Glass, that was formerly in the collection of Ray Winfield Smith. 1 It was shown in the 1957 exhibition Glass from the Ancient World as part of a group of early Islamic cameo glass,

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