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On Display: 250 Years of Design in the Art of Glass

“Sand and Fire: 250 Years of Design in the Art of Glass”

Glass artifacts on display at the Mark Twain Library until January 31, 2018 REDDING, CT, December 18, 2017 – Corning Museum of Glass calls the time we live in “The Glass Age.” Believed to have been discovered around 3500 BC in Egypt and Eastern Mesopotamia, glass is one of the oldest and most interesting of human-made materials. It’s made from opaque sand, but can be entirely transparent. It has incredible range – from a simple jar to portions of the space shuttle.

The past 250 years has seen extraordinary developments in the field of artistic glassmaking. The discovery of lead glass in 1674 has allowed artists working with glass great degree of expression which reached its height in the 18th  and 19th centuries.

Examples on view at the Library focus on the Art of the Table and include elegant 18th  Century English candelabra, a rare American Brilliant Period double gourd shaped vase and a selection of Baccarat crystal patterns such as the iconic 1841 Harcourt which has graced the tables of King Louis XVIII, Emperor Napoleon III, John Paul II and the Shah of

Exhibit courtesy of Intertrus, Inc.
Glass History
  • 3500BC Earliest archaeological evidence of glass making
  • 1 st  Century AD major breakthrough in glass blowing techniques
  • 1291 Venetian glass production on the island of Murano
  • 1500’s Venetians developed a method of making mirrors and brought the art of
  • glass blowing to Northern Europe
  • 1608 first glass factory in America was built in Jamestown, VA
  • 1674 English glassmaker George Ravenscroft invented lead glass
  • 1761 Benjamin Franklin invented the first American musical instrument- the Glass Armonica
  • 1800’s great increased demand for artistic glass tableware
  • 1959 Sir Alfred Pilkington introduced float glass production in the UK, a method by which 90% of flat glass is still manufactured today
Additional Sources:
History Of Glass (wikipedia)