Something Old, Something Blue|
Posting Number 3581 Date: 08/18/21 Return to Posting List
One of the wonderful things about the Carder Steuben Symposium is that we have a wealth of knowledge within our membership - and some of our members like to share that information.
Dr. Greg Merkel is a Research Fellow at Corning Incorporated where he has worked for 40 years in the field of technical ceramics and is also a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass and a member of the museums Ennion Society. Greg has been collecting Carder Steuben for almost 30 years, originally specializing in iridescent glass and subsequently branching out into Carders other colored glassware as well. For the past 15 years, Greg has been researching the chemistry of Carder Steuben glass based on his cataloguing of recipes in Carders laboratory notebooks and an analysis of over 600 Steuben objects using x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. For this years Steuben Symposium, Greg will be sharing his findings regarding Steubens various types of blue glassware.
Greg's presentation is titled Something Old, Something Blue: A Survey of Frederick Carder's Blue Glassware
Abstract: Steuben manufactured over two dozen different blue glass compositions during the Carder era, spanning transparent and translucent varieties in both the Flint and Aurene families of glassware. The chemistry, history, and appearance of these glasses will be reviewed based on factory records and non-destructive analysis of the objects with the goal of furthering our understanding and appreciation of Steubens blue glassware. Come join us on a trip into the wild blue yonder!
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