Survey of American Glass





This course offers a survey of the rich and colorful history of American glass from the mid-18th century to the present. The simple and elegant free-blown and mold-blown wares of the mid-18th century were followed in the 19th century by the introduction of pressed or pattern glass, cut and engraved glass, and finally, in the early 20th century, by art glass, which can be seen as precursor to the innovative contemporary studio glass movement of today. Glassmaking methods, terminology, techniques, and styles are examined through important glass manufacturing houses and their products, including Wistarburgh Glass Works, Boston and Sandwich Glass Works, New England Glass Company, Mount Washington Glass Company, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Steuben Glass Works, and contemporary studio glass by individual artists such as Dale Chihuly, Michael Glancy, Richard Marquis, and William Morris. Visits to Urban Glass and local galleries are planned. 3 credits.