- ArtworkMarch 28, 2013
The object is made with granulare glass, a complicated Venetian technique that Marquis researched and revived in the mid-1990s.
- ArtworkMarch 21, 2013
One of the four glass pieces that make up Laura de Santillana’s Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons), this week’s object, Primavera, represents spring. To create the stylized tree in the center, the artist fused murrine to the blown glass object.
- ArtworkMarch 14, 2013
Made between 1770-1775, this deep purple glass hunting horn was made by Henry William Stiegel, a famous figure in the early history of American glassmaking. Stiegel was a German immigrant who came to America before the Revolution. He set up three glass factories in Northern Lancaster County to compete with English imported glass.
- ArtworkMarch 7, 2013
Three colorless and opaque peach shaded glass bottles are covered by a knitted pink cozy in Amy Rueffert’s Triple.
- ArtworkFebruary 28
This small hemispherical bowl with a mold-blown "eye" design was featured in a 1955 exhibition along with more than 1,500 glasses from the collection of Jerome Strauss and the Ruth Bryan Strauss Memorial Foundation. "For the liquids that he drinks, whether for benefit or pleasure, man has used through the years containers of many materials. Among them are stone, clay, wood, leather, ivory, horn, the precious metals and some like iron, copper and pewter not quite so precious and incorrodible, and now plastics. Yet none has found such lasting favor, such widespread acceptance by all classes as has glass." - From the Glass Drinking Vessels from the Strauss Collection exhibition catalog, 1955.
- ArtworkFebruary 21
Richard Marquis collects cast-iron dogs (he loves English setters) and all sizes of anvils. Mindful of shipping costs, he decided that it would be better to have his anvils reproduced in wood for his sculptures, rather than using the heavy and cumbersome originals.
- ArtworkFebruary 14, 2013
This pink beaded collection is part of Artecnica’s “Design with Conscience” Project, which is a program to manufacture products in accordance with humanitarian and environmentally friendly principles. Since 2002, Artecnica has invited well-known international designers, such as Hella Jongerius, to work with artisans in need around the world, assisting communities by invigorating local commerce. The Beads and Pieces collection was handmade by indigenous Peruvian men and women, and Jongerius incorporated traditional Shipibo patterns into her design for the woven beadwork.
- ArtworkJanuary 31, 2013
Falconry was the sport of kings and noblemen in the Middle Ages. This translucent purple disk was decorated on its front by means of a stamp, which imparted the low-relief design in the glass. At least six Islamic disks with falconers are known, and all may have been made with the same stamp. Learn more.
- ArtworkJanuary 23, 2013
“I feel a kind of love/hate for the material,” says studio glass artist Erwin Eisch. “With the help of glass, I want to express my innermost feelings and let my silent conflicts become visible. I also want to influence the viewers and try to start some kind of dialogue with them.” Learn more about Eisch's Self-Portraits on the blog.
- ArtworkDecember 20, 2012
This glass branch of holly was lampworked and painted to appear lifelike.
- ArtworkDecember 6, 2012
This vase is part of Giampaolo Seguso’s La Ragnatela series, which examines the techniques of filigrana (“filigree” glass decorated with white or colored canes) and murrine. The word ragnatela, Italian for spider web, refers to the long, thin lines and complex patterns of Seguso’s filigrana vases.
- ArtworkNovember 29, 2012
Like other Chinese domestic objects, this bowl is indicative of cross-cultural influences. It is made of translucent deep, even ruby-colored glass with a technique that was mastered in Europe and brought to East Asia by traveling Jesuit scholars. However, the geometric cutting on the bowl originated with local craftsmen who were trained in the long tradition of hard-stone carving. The facets, cut in multiple regular rows, can also be seen on vessels carved from locally quarried rock crystal and nephrite.
- ArtworkNovember 22, 2012
Cornucopias filled with fruit and roses decorate this festive pressed glass plate.
- ArtworkNovember 15, 2012
For the 2012 Rakow Commission, Danish artist Steffen Dam created Flower Block, a grouping of 24 glass blocks in the style of his well-known series of glass panels, each containing the artist’s interpretation of parts of a flower.
- ArtworkNovember 1, 2012
This multi-colored spider was made by Venetian flameworker Vittorio Costantini.
- ArtworkOctober 18, 2012
50 years ago, Harvey Littleton's seminal 1962 workshops in Toledo marked the birth of the American Studio Glass movement. Artists, collectors, scholars, curators and students from around the world are at the Museum this week to celebrate the anniversary of American Studio Glass at the 51st Annual Seminar on Glass.
- ArtworkOctober 11, 2012
This covered transparent blue tankard is decorated with Zwischengold medallions, and its pewter cover features a medallion of Augustus the Strong, elector of Saxony. Zwischengoldglas, German meaning “gold between glass,” was a decoration produced in the 18th century.
- ArtworkSeptember 27, 2012
This glass vessel by the master British engraver, Peter Dreiser, was engraved with an overlapping and encircling design that resembles a goatsbeard plant. Dreiser wrote his famous book, The Techniques of Glass Engraving, the same year this object was made.
- ArtworkSeptember 20, 2012
This window is one of a pair with the coat of arms of President George Washington’s ancestors. The stained glass windows were in Sulgrave Manor in England for several centuries. President Washington descended seventh in line from Laurence Washington, who bought the manor from King Henry VIII in 1539.
- ArtworkSeptember 13, 2012
This beaker featuring a self-portrait engraving of the artist is inscribed with the date 11 September 1804. Just over 208 years ago, Hoevenaar made this beaker in honor of his 40th birthday. The reverse side shows his monogram “AH” and a small boy holding a banner with the number 40.
- ArtworkSeptember 6, 2012
Czech artist Gizela Šabóková lives and works in Prague. In the mid 1970s, Šabóková studied at the Academy of Applied Arts with the renowned artist Stanislav Libensky. This dark yellow glass sculpture was kiln-formed and cut.
- ArtworkAugust 30, 2012
Developed by Frederick Carder, Aurene was first made as an iridescent gold-colored glass, but by 1904 he had developed the popular blue Aurene. According to Carder, the word Aurene is derived from the chemical symbol for gold (Au) and the word sheen.
- ArtworkAugust 23, 2012
Richard Whiteley’s sculptures are hybrids of the expected and the unexpected: there is geometry and abstraction, but there are also elements of nature. Soma, from the Greek word meaning “body,” represents relationships that may be interpreted as theoretical, physical, or spiritual.
- ArtworkAugust 16, 2012
Not much was known about this object when it came to the Museum in 1990. The unsigned pâte de verre necklace has since been attributed to the well-known Art Nouveau jeweler and designer of Art Deco glass, René Lalique. Hear more about solving the mystery of the Lalique birds.
- ArtworkAugust 9, 2012
Inspired by the space rover Curiosity successfully landing on Mars on Monday, this week’s object is extraterrestrial glass known as tektite. Tektites are glassy rocks created by the intense heat and force of meteoritic impacts on the earth millions of years ago. Measuring 10.1cm diameter and weighing 1,070.54g, this object is known as the Beyer "Monster" and, is one of two largest known complete Philippinite Splashforms.
- ArtworkAugust 2, 2012
Roman glassmakers sometimes produced objects in unexpected and highly original forms. This unique fish was mold cast, polished and wheel-cut with realistic (and anatomically correct) details, including the mouth, eye, gills, and fins. The underside is hollow, only the upper surface was meant to be seen, and it is assumed that the object was a lid - the cover of a dish for serving fish. One lifted the glass fish and found the real fish (about the size of a trout) resting on the dish.
- ArtworkJuly 26, 2012
It wouldn’t be the Olympics without the Olympic flame. The 2012 Summer Games kick off tomorrow in London, and the flame-like forms of American artist Martin Blank’s Free Flow bring to mind the iconic torch.
- ArtworkJuly 12, 2012
One of the four glass pieces that make up Laura de Santillana’s Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons), this week’s object represents summer. To create the stylized tree in the center, the artist fused murrine to the blown glass object.
- ArtworkJuly 5, 2012
Glassmaking was one of the first industries in America. John Frederick Amelung’s New Bremen Glassmanufactory in Maryland produced glass in response to the need for domestic-produced wares after the Revolutionary War. Inscribed “Liberty,” this glass tumbler was made in 1788 after the ratification of the United States Constitution.
- ArtworkJune 28, 2012
This small bottle, a gift to the Museum in 2011, was made by Harvey Littleton 50 years ago during the historic Toledo workshops that marked the birth of the American Studio Glass movement. There were two workshops in 1962, the second was held June 18-30. The bottom is signed “Littleton Toledo Museum Workshop June 1962.”
- ArtworkJune 21, 2012
The narrow neck of this bottle has prevented the removal of flood mud, still encrusted on the bottom of the object forty years after the Corning flood of 1972. This Czech bottle is on view in the exhibition The Flood of ’72: Community, Collections, and Conservation at the Rakow Library. Learn more.
- ArtworkJune 14, 2012
Cityscape is an excellent example of how studio glass artists have interpreted traditional domestic glass forms, such as the functional bowl, as sculpture. For this object, Musler cut the rim of a spherical container blown of industrial Pyrex into a jagged edge, sandblasted it, and airbrushed it with oil paint. This object is now on view in Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art.
- ArtworkJune 7, 2012
This object by Fritz Dreisbach was made during the height of the Studio Glass movement. In 2002, Dreisbach received the Glass Art Society’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his “unique and significant contributions to the world of glass.”
- ArtworkMay 31, 2012
Taking the empty wine bottle as their point of departure, Woffenden and Boontje devised a range of creative table wares using basic cold-working techniques. This collection is part of Artecnica’s Design with Conscience Project, which is a program to manufacture products in accordance with humanitarian and environmentally friendly principles. Contemporary design now on view at the Museum: http://www.cmog.org/set/design-collection
- ArtworkMay 17, 2012
This object by Icelandic designer Sigga Heimis is one of the many ideas transformed into a glass prototype at GlassLab. Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab presents over 150 prototypes by nearly 50 international designers from various disciplines, such as product, graphic, and fashion design who were invited to work with hot glass at GlassLab. Making Ideas opens this Saturday, May 19.
- ArtworkMay 10, 2012
Møhl’s works combine minimalist Scandinavian design with traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques. Pencil-thin lines of filigrana decorate the vessels in spontaneous patterns that appear as if drawn on the vase rather than blown from cane. This object is now on view in the new exhibition Hot & Cool at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Ebeltoft, Denmark. Learn more
- ArtworkMay 3, 2012
This glass disc is an interesting example of Bohemian glass made for the American market. Marketed as “Americo-Bohemian glass,” most similar objects were drinking glasses or flasks. All were decorated with views of American scenery including engravings of Columbia, the “Goddess of Liberty,” eagles and shields with stars and stripes, and all are made of non-lead glass. This disc was probably part of a kerosene lantern that would have been carried in a parade.
- ArtworkApril 26, 2012
The style of decoration on this two-handled vase had been used for centuries in the Islamic world before being adapted in Austria by Ludwig Lobmeyr (1829–1917). The 19th century European revival of decorative styles that originated in Eastern countries, including Islamic cultures, was known as Orientalism. Lobmeyr’s glass interpreted this stylistic influence, and helped fuel the craze for the exotic and the unknown. Read: Lobmeyr's Persian and Arabian Enameled Glass Series.
- ArtworkApril 19, 2012
The "Savoy" Vase is one of the most famous designs of the internationally renowned architect and designer Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976). Still in production today, it is a classic example of Scandinavian modernism. The vase was designed in 1936 and was publicly presented for the first time at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris. This object is currently on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the new exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939.” Learn more.
- ArtworkApril 5, 2012
This egg-shaped handcooler was made by the French factory Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint Louis. Also known for their paperweights, the company was founded in Lorraine, France in 1767 and still exists today. Along with Baccarat, they nearly monopolized the French luxury glass industry for many years. Made in the mid 19th century, this handcooler containing short lengths of multicolored tubes is a decorative example of these relics from the Victorian era.
- ArtworkMarch 29, 2012
Perhaps the most famous Hellenistic mosaic glass vessels are hemispherical bowls made of multi-colored canes with spiral or star designs. The bowls were probably formed by fusing slices of the canes into a disk and slumping the disk over a mold. The earliest of the glass bowls may have been made in the second half of the third century B.C., but most were produced a century later. They have been found in many locations, including Greece, Italy, Egypt, and Syria.
- ArtworkMarch 22, 2012
50 years ago on March 23, the first of Harvey Littleton's seminal workshops in Toledo began, marking the birth of the American Studio Glass movement. There were two workshops in 1962. The first was held from March 23 to April 1, and the second from June 18-30. This vase, made by Littleton just after the workshops in 1963, is representative of the very simple, basic glass forms characteristic of early American studio glass.
- ArtworkMarch 15, 2012
This gold telephone, misshapen and cartoonish, reflects Erwin Eisch’s sense of humor. Almost immediately, this sculpture became symbolic of the beliefs shared by many early studio glass artists. These included the notions that glass was a material capable of sculptural expression, and that vessels could become separate from function. Explore: Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch.
- ArtworkMarch 8, 2012
Appearances can be deceiving. This cut and gilded vase blown from four layers of glass - colorless, red, green, and opaque white - is very Bohemian in appearance. However, it was made by William Leighton at the New England Glass Company between 1848 and about 1858. Leighton, son of the factory’s manager, was a very skillful blower and a self-taught glass chemist. About 1848, he developed a formula for ruby glass. Before that time, ruby glass was imported from Europe in the form of ingots and remelted for use in the United States. Watch the video and learn more in our new collections browser.
- LibraryMarch 2, 2012
This week we’re excited to introduce new features of our redesigned website. Check out today’s object – a slide from New Glass Review, the Museum’s annual survey of glass in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design. More than 30 years of images are now available to view online for the first time. This slide of Ann Gardner’s Ring of Water is from New Glass Review 26 (2004). Browse the full collection.
- ArtworkMarch 1, 2012
This week we’re excited to introduce new features of our redesigned website. Check out today’s object – a vase by American Studio Glass pioneer Harvey K. Littleton. Our new All About Glass section, has more than 350 videos, 225 digitized books from the Rakow Research Library, and over 100 articles. Learn more about this object in Harvey K. Littleton and the American Studio Glass Movement.
- ArtworkFebruary 29, 2012
This week we’re excited to introduce new features of our redesigned website. Check out today’s object - an Egyptian inlay figure - an object in our new themed tours. These sets highlight themes explored in the Museum's collection. From works that present social commentary, to Museum favorites and mythology, there is much to explore. The Egyptian inlay figure is a Kids' Favorite, see all of the Themed Tours.
- ArtworkFebruary 28, 2012
This week we’re excited to introduce new features of our redesigned website. Check out today’s object - Dante Marioni’s Chartreuse Pair -in our new collections browser. The complete collection record contains information about the artist, date made, location, technique and more, including provenance. Click on the object image to expand the view. Click on the artist’s name to see all of his works in the Collection. Learn more from the object description and label text. Scroll down to see what exhibitions and publications this object has been featured in, and watch the video of curator Tina Oldknow describing the artwork. You can also add your own tags, or save it to your own collection set.
- ArtworkFebruary 24, 2012
Ginny Ruffner, who was trained as a painter, is an influential artist and teacher internationally recognized for her flameworked sculptures in glass. Director Karen Stanton's film, A Not So Still Life: The Ginny Ruffner Story, explores the full span of Ruffner's fascinating journey, from her childhood in South Carolina to her emergence as a world renowned artist.
- ArtworkFebruary 16, 2012
The internationally acclaimed artists Libenský and Brychtová have pioneered, explored, developed and defined glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture.
Libenský and Brychtová’s sculptures are cast in a technique called mold melting, in which chunks of glass are allowed to soften and melt into molds inside a large kiln. After the firing is complete, the sculpture is gradually cooled and then intensively cut, ground, and polished. The internal veiling in this sculpture is a result of the casting process.
- ArtworkFebruary 9, 2012
This is a rare early example of the collaboration between the architect Giovanni (Gio) Ponti and the designer/craftsman Piero Fornasetti. They worked together on interior and object designs from the early 1940s through the 50s. Ponti designed the sleek, minimal lines of this corner cabinet, while Fornasetti decorated the doors with flowers, fruits, insects, and a bird.
- ArtworkFebruary 2, 2012
A pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement, Lipofsky has promoted the use of blown glass for sculpture since the 1960s. Throughout his career, he has focused on the execution of artistic ideas in glass, searching for ways to subvert the traditional associations between blown glass and functionality by exploring sculptural forms.
Breath is an essential aspect of Lipofsky’s work. His abstract vessels break apart and rearrange the blown glass mass while retaining the ephemeral quality that is one of the medium’s most intriguing characteristics. The Series IGS VI sculptures show us the shape of breath, in all its variations.
- ArtworkJanuary 26, 2012
Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, was one of the many regions of Renaissance Europe where glass was made in the Venetian style. Beginning in the late 15th century, Catalan glassmakers produced a wide variety of glassware, much of which had applied, enameled, or engraved decoration. This handsome ewer was made in Catalonia around 1500. It was decorated by adding a second gather and inflating it in a mold to form 18 vertical ribs, which were pinched together to form a pattern of diamonds. After this, a trail of white glass was wound around the ribs. The trail melted into the ribs but, when the gather was further inflated, it broke over the gaps, leaving a pattern of white spots.
- ArtworkJanuary 19, 2012
A studio ceramics pioneer, Frey is best known for her colossal painted clay figures that weigh thousands of pounds and often stand over 10 feet high. Using thick, gaudy glazes and china paints associated with hobbyists, she developed a deliberately unrefined style. In her drawings, Frey often depicts embattled figures. At the end of her career, she produced huge painted doubled-handled vessels (amphoras ) with imagery inspired by Wedgwood ceramics and ancient Greek vases.
- ArtworkJanuary 12, 2012
The technique that Tagliapietra used to make this piece is called murrine romane (Roman mosaic), a complicated murrine process made popular by the Venini glassworks in the 1950s. The vessel is named after Japan's famous Mount Fuji. Its title refers to the vessel's shape, which Venetian glassmakers interpret as mountain-like.
- ArtworkJanuary 5, 2012
This colorless tea set includes a teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, rum flask and cups and saucers. Designed by Czech graphic designer Ladislav Sutnar, the set was made by the Kavalier Glassworks in Sázava, Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. As a designer concerned with information design, Sutnar is best known for adding parentheses around the area code in American phone numbers.
- ArtworkDecember 29, 2011
The Corning Museum of Glass turned 60 this year, and to celebrate we identified 60 favorites at the Museum. This week’s object, Dale Chihuly’s Fern Green Tower, received 2,795 votes, the most of our 60 Favorites. Fern Green Tower was designed for The Corning Museum of Glass. This 1,400-pound sculpture, made of 500 individually blown glass elements attached to a steel structure, is an energetic, seemingly animate mass of color and light.
- ArtworkDecember 22, 2011
Ancient glass sculpture is very rare. This is one of the earliest known glass portraits. It probably shows the head of Amenhotep II, who was ruler of Egypt about 60 years before Tutankhamen. Cast in blue glass, the sculpture is now tan in color due to its long burial.
- ArtworkDecember 15, 2011
This sculpture was made by American artists Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick. They have been working together for more than 20 years. Kirkpatrick is a painter and Mace is a sculptor. Together they have discovered amazing things they can make in glass.
- ArtworkDecember 8, 2011
Peachblow glass is named after the “Morgan Vase,” a Chinese Peach Blow porcelain vase which sold at auction for $18,000 in 1886, creating a sensation. Glass and porcelain companies hurried to produce pieces with similar shaded color. This vase was made by the Mt. Washington Glass Company in New Bedford, MA.
- ArtworkDecember 1, 2011
Toots Zynsky’s distinctive heat-formed filet de verre (glass thread) vessels defy categorization, and inhabit a region all their own, interweaving the traditions of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts.
- ArtworkNovember 24, 2011
As an artist, Studio Glass co-founder Dominick Labino produced sculptures that were featured in many museum and gallery exhibits, helping to place studio glass in the public eye. As an inventor and scientist, he developed pure silica fibers that were used to insulate NASA spacecraft, making it possible for Apollo astronauts to reach the moon. Emergence Four-Stage is a classic example of Labino’s multicolored sculpture with internal veiling. This technique, which he developed, has become iconic of the first decades of the American Studio Glass movement.
- ArtworkNovember 17, 2011
Harvey K. Littleton, a pioneer in the use of glass as a material for sculpture, was a ceramist before he turned his attention to glassblowing. Born and raised in Corning, he was the first professor to set up a glass program (at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1963).
- ArtworkNovember 10, 2011
Venetian glassmakers were hired in England during the 16th century. One of them was Giacomo Verzelini. In 1571, he was brought to London by Jean Carr, a French native and owner of the Crutched Friars Glasshouse. Carr died the following year, and in 1575, Verzelini was placed in charge of the glasshouse. The Crown gave him a 21-year monopoly on the making of Venetian glass in England. His interests were further protected by an embargo on the importation of glass from Venice. The inscription on this glass, the only one with a lion-mask stem that is attributed to the Crutched Friars factory, reads in.god.is.al.mi.trvst. It is the motto of the Pewterer's Company of London.
- ArtworkNovember 3, 2011
Moorish Bathers is George Woodall's masterpiece. It was started about 1890 and completed in 1898. George and Thomas Woodall left school at about the age of 12 and became apprentices at the firm of J. & J. Northwood. After completing their apprenticeships, they moved to Dennis Glass Works, where they were employed primarily as designers. The Woodalls made two important innovations. One was their extensive use of the cutting wheel, which greatly accelerated the process of decorating cameo glass. The other was their use of an overlay of white glass with a bluish tint. When this overlay was thinned over a base of burgundy or brown glass, a much greater variety of shading was achieved than was possible with other white glasses.
- ArtworkOctober 27, 2011
This vase, which features a band of cut decoration and an engraved spider and web, was made by T. G. Hawkes and Company of Corning in 1939-1940. At that time, the design was considered to be a very modern one.
- ArtworkOctober 20, 2011
One of the four glass pieces that make up Laura de Santillana’s Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons), this week’s object is unmistakably fall with a mix of amber and brown glass. To create the stylized tree in the center, the artist fused murrine to the blown glass object.
- ArtworkOctober 13, 2011
In the late 1970s, American artist David Huchthausen made a series of vessels inspired by Austrian landscapes. To create this autumnal scene, Huchthausen applied glass cane to a blown vessel while it was still hot, then encased the layers in between colorless glass, mixing blown glass and hotworking techniques.
- ArtworkOctober 6, 2011
This is one of the Museum's greatest treasures. It is a masterpiece of Islamic decorative art, created in Egypt or the Middle East around the year 1000. The eggshell-thin colorless glass was covered with a green overlay. After cooling, the green was partly carved away to create the decoration. What do you think the birds and animals represent?
- ArtworkSeptember 29, 2011
Trained as a painter, Brian Clarke is well known for the architectural stained glass he has designed for buildings around the world. This window is dedicated to Linda McCartney, who worked with Clarke on several projects. The fleur-de-lis motif is based on the lily, which reflects McCartney's love for the flower and Clarke's interest in British heraldry.
- ArtworkSeptember 22, 2011
The Corning Museum of Glass turned 60 this year, and to celebrate we identified 60 favorites at the Museum. This week’s object, Josh Simpson’s Megaplanet, has received over 1,000 votes, making it a top favorite. Josh Simpson loves images of the earth. He created this huge planet (perhaps the biggest paperweight in the world) when the Museum challenged him to make a paperweight that weighed 100 pounds. It weighs 107 pounds.
- ArtworkSeptember 15, 2011
On September 12, 1828, King Charles X of France made an official visit to Lorraine. While there, the royal family was reportedly presented with a ewer, two large Medici vases, and two services for tea and water. The Cristalleries de Baccarat was known for producing heavy, clear, cut crystal during that time, and this vase, featuring an enameled coat of arms of the Bourbon kings of France, was made for the King’s visit or very shortly thereafter. The enameling depicts the arms of France (three lilies) and Navarre (chain) encircled with the combined royal orders of Saint-Michael (angel) and of the Holy Spirit (dove), crowned with the closed royal crown and adorned with a wreath of white lilies.
- ArtworkSeptember 8, 2011
This week’s object is a recent acquisition of the Museum. This small vessel is about the size of a tube of mascara, and was used in a similar fashion. Kohl, a mix of powdered lead sulfide and oil or fat, was a cosmetic mixture used to darken the eyelids in ancient Egypt. (Today, because absorbing lead is a health risk, manufacturers use carbon.) Kept in small tubes, the kohl was extracted with an applicator shaped like a rod or miniature spoon. The 4 inch tall tube was made by forming glass around a rod, and applying the decoration using hot glass in opaque red and white colors.
- ArtworkSeptember 1, 2011
The bold colors and lines in this piece were influenced by the expressive canvases of American painter Mark Rothko. Challenging the line between painting and sculpture, Laura De Santillana created this piece by compressing the walls of a blown glass vessel with cork paddles. The top and bottom were sealed together enveloping the open space inside.