The art of Glass  progressing through time

The evidence of glass has dated back to 3500 A.D in our civilizations when glass beads were traced back that far in time. Glass is a natural resource that can tie itself into history. In this visual presentation we are going to look at artifacts  from five separate points in time to help us see how this medium has evolved in art. 

As you will see this video makes a connection between the medieval glass makers and the later windows created with by Louis Tiffany's innovations. The art of making stain glass is still alive today.
Essential Q1. Why were Stain Glass Windows made? Why were they placed in churches?
Essential Q2. How did the colonist learn to make glass?
Essential Q3. What is the difference between decorative and functional art? Can it be both?
The colonist brought their skills to America with them. Glass artisans made glass more for function e.g. mirrors, bottles drinking glasses, than for decoration or art's sake. Turns out it was both.
In the Currier Museum of Art there is a pitcher similar to this one in their collection. Know as Stoddard Glass by the company with the same name in Stoddard, NH.
The French artist Georges Rouault (1871-1958)restored stain glass as an apprentice. This had a profound influence on his style of painting. A Favre expressionist he would outline his images in black.
Essential Q4. What can influence an artist's work? Are artists inspire by what they experience around them in their lives?
Louis Comfort Tiffany was an innovator in glass making and created some of the most exquisite pieces of art with glass for all times.
Essential Q5. What innovations did Louis Comfort Tiffany bring to the art of glass making?
Essential Q6. Do stain glass artists need to know math to create a stain glass window?
Dale Chilhuly is a contemporary artist who pushes the boundaries of glass making by creating installations of art with glass. Watch this video of his work.
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