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The Botanical Glass Models of the Blaschkas

Posted on: Tuesday, May 29, 2007




The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY is currently featuring the handcrafted work of glassmakers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) in a phenomenal exhibit entitled Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers. The Blaschkas were dazzling magicians in the way that they turned molten glass into organic specimens of otherworldly scientific accuracy.

The Curatorial Associate and Administrator of The Ware Collection of Glass Flowers at Harvard, Susan Rossi-Wilcox, will discuss the story behind Rudolf Blaschka's field collection expeditions and examine his beautiful reference drawings featured in the new book, Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models (co-written with David Whitehouse, director of the Corning Museum of Glass). The discussion and book signing is at 2:00 PM this Sunday, June 3, at The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA.

(I took the above images in 2005 while visiting The Ware Collection at Harvard's Museum of Natural History.)

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