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Display offers look at 1920s and Depression glassware styles

Post Time:Jan 05,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:427

When people think of Northeast Ohio industries, they generally think of rubber or steel. Many may not know about another industry: glass.

The Kent State University Museum gives a nod to this part of this area's history with its ongoing glass exhibits. Currently, the museum is highlighting glass products from the '20s through the Depression era. The exhibit, "Great American Glass: The Roaring 20s and Depression Era," opened in early December. The exhibit is guest curated by Dr. James Measell, who serves as historian at Fenton Glass in Williamstown, W. Va.

"Visitors will see a great variety of articles," said Measell. "There are handmade art glass pieces from Steuben and Fenton as well as an array of blown and pressed items made in Cambridge or Tiffin. The candlesticks in the hallway cases show the wide range of American glass production: iridescent; transparent and opaque colors; and decorating techniques, such as hand painting, cutting, deep plate etching and silver deposit. The title 'Great American Glass' really fits this exhibit."

All the glassware on display is from the Tarter/Miller Collection. Donations and bequests from Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller, formerly of Akron, led to the creation of the Tarter/Miller Gallery at the KSU Museum in 1983, and the glassware collection numbers approximately 10,000 items.

"In Ohio, you had a lot of companies that made this," said Dr. Anne Bissonnette, curator for the Kent State University Museum.

It was during this time period that art deco became popular, with Bissonnette called "a breath of fresh air and a change from the ornamental Victorian era."

"This is a period where you have a simplicity of line," she said. "There's this burst of bright red, bright green, bright orange, and a move from the classical looks. You were able to afford these pieces, and they were beautiful."

The exhibition in the Museum's Tarter/Miller gallery notes the many household uses of glass in this era as well show some of the manufacturing processes for blown and pressed glassware.

"Most people don't have a clue as to how this stuff is produced," Bissonnette said.

Source: HudsonHubTimes.comAuthor: shangyi

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