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Orange Vase by Tiffany: Creature in Glass

Orange Vase by Tiffany
Orange Vase by Tiffany at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz took a photo of this intense orange glass vase by Tiffany at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday.  It’s called “Vase” which isn’t very descriptive, but I’m guessing it’s a shrimp?  I love the swirls of the waves.  Have you ever seen a shrimp as a motif in art?

Dream Garden Mosaic by Tiffany

Tiffany Cypriote Plaque

Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

I is for Iridized Glass

yellow sunflower mandala: a glass mosaic by Margaret Almon
yellow sunflower mandala: a glass mosaic by Margaret Almon

 

I is for iridized glass, and its shimmering rainbow effect.  A thin metallic layer is bonded to the glass when a metallic salt solution is applied and then heated.  Dichroic glass, which means “two color” is sometimes confused with iridized glass, but it is a coating that allows the glass to toggle back and forth between only 2 colors. The pale yellow glass, second row from the outer edge in this mandala, is iridized, and you can see the subtle purplish sheen of the rainbow coloration.  Tiffany patented a version of iridescent glass called “Favrile” which was applied to his blown glass artworks. Here is an excerpt from Mark Doty’s apt poem, titled Favrile:

Glassmakers,
at century’s end,
compounded metallic lusters

 

in reference
to natural sheens (dragonfly
and beetle wings,

 

marbled light on kerosene)
and invented names
as coolly lustrous

 

as their products’
scarab-gleam: Quetzal,
Aurene, Favrile.

 

Suggesting,
respectively, the glaze
of feathers,

 

that sun-shot fog
of which halos
are composed. . .

 

Rochester Jazz Festival and Tiffany’s The Lord’s Supper Mosaic

Tiffany's The Lord's Supper with Drums. Photo by Wayne Stratz, at Rochester Jazz Festival.
Tiffany’s The Lord’s Supper with Drums. Photo by Wayne Stratz, at Rochester Jazz Festival.

After my post about Tiffany’s Dream Garden mosaic, my husband reminded me that we’d seen another Tiffany mosaic, The Lord’s Supper, at the the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2009. He took a particularly cool picture of it, with a drum kit in front, since Christ Church Episcopal was a venue for the Festival. We were getting ready to listen to Miguel Zenon, saxophonist extraordinaire, and a painting at the front of the sanctuary caught my eye, and then I realized it was a mosaic! And when I went up to get a closer look, I discovered the floor was tiled in Tiffany mosaic as well. I was in heaven.

Tiffany's The Lord's Supper at Christ Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Tiffany’s The Lord’s Supper at Christ Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Tiffany Mosaic Floor Christ Church, Rochester, NY. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Tiffany Mosaic Floor Christ Church, Rochester, NY. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

A blogger friend of Wayne’s has graciously offered to let us stay with them. I find when I sit and listen to jazz, I imagine mosaics, like the music taps into the creative visual part of my mind, and my imagination roams into new ideas. The other cool thing about a Rochester trip, is that there were yarn stores to check out. I became a knitter in 2008, and suddenly I had a new stash of fiber in addition to my stash of glass, and the opportunity to experience color and texture in a different way. On the way to Rochester, in Watkins Glen, is the Finger Lakes Fiber Yarn store. As we drove into town, I was looking for the store, but it was easy to find, since there was a big sign that said “YARN” and what lovely yarn it was.

Not to mention there was Tobes Donut & Bakery next door, and I am nothing if not a fan of donuts.

Related: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

Over at Stratoz:

Tiffany Lamps Come to the Reading Museum