Vase, "Design #374", 1932–35 Glass. Gift of Damon Crain. 2012-16-1.
What is this?
Amethyst coil wrapped baluster body, the coil applied on the cylindrical upper portion above a bulbous base.
Why is this in our collection?
Blenko glass represents the combination of technological advances in glassmaking with the original designs created by designers, with a focus on color, a key part of it impact. First producing flat glass for windows, including stained class for the windows of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the company earned national recognition especially for the creation of a strong red glass that could be double fired. Red is a notoriously fugitive color in glass, and the ability for it to be double fired and not lose color enabled enamel painters to paint on it. Soon this color and others were applied to tableware; the first tableware catalogue appeared in 1929, and was followed by patronage by major... more