Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tiffany Glass

The Cincinnati Art Museum is hosting an exhibit of lamps and stained glass panels created by Tiffany Studios. Wisteria and laburnum blossoms drape across shades, Madonnas glow from within and sunrises reflect in streams of watery glass. The colors and textures are heart-stoppingly beautiful. A table was spread with shards of the glass used for lamps and windows, as well as the small jewel-like molded pieces that were used as decorative elements. They illustrate the huge range of colors and textures developed by the studio. This looks familiar to anyone who hand dyes fabric. We love gradations, striations, unexpected mottling. That table alone is a wealth of inspiration and an example of how art often cross-pollinates.