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By Susan Vreeland


It’s 1893, and on the Chicago World’s reasonable, Louis convenience Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of leading edge stained-glass home windows that he hopes will earn him a spot at the overseas creative degree. yet behind the curtain in his long island studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s department, who conceives of and designs the vast majority of the enduring leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will lengthy be remembered. by no means publicly stated, Clara struggles along with her wish for inventive popularity and the probably insurmountable demanding situations that she faces as a qualified girl. She additionally yearns for romance and companionship, and is dedicated in several how you can 5 males, together with Tiffany, who enforces a strict coverage: He doesn't hire married ladies. finally, Clara needs to come to a decision what makes her happiest—the expert international of her palms or the private international of her heart.

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Mr. Tiffany stood back and said to me, “I’m hoping for some good news today. We’ve succeeded in making iridescent flat glass, but that’s made with lime. ” I distinctly remembered his father telling him to postpone these experiments until after the fair. Mr. Tiffany explained that the process exposed the blown piece to various metallic vapors. ” Mr. Nash stopped him with a scowl. Apparently he didn’t want to reveal his formulas out in the shop for fear they might leak to competing glass factories.

He didn’t need a cane any more than I did. He just used it to create a mystique about himself. Right behind him was Mr. Henry Belknap, slick and tidy. Mr. Tiffany set a vase of hothouse irises on a worktable and tapped his cane lightly, three times. All except Agnes Northrop looked up in unison, like birds alerted to some potential danger, poised to fly. With her customary mien of a prima donna, Agnes remained seated on her stool as though exempt, barely turning toward Mr. Tiffany. Since she was his first female glass artist, she fancied herself a favorite.

In my mind’s eye, I could see the woman’s robe drape gracefully. Mr. Tiffany looked at me. ” he said, as if he suspected I had thought of him as God’s assistant. We moved on to another shop, which meant another glory hole and its team of men, some in overalls, some in leather aprons, one wearing an undershirt and another oddly wearing a necktie. Mr. Nash introduced Tom Manderson as the gaffer, the chief craftsman of this blowing team in charge of every piece his shop creates. Tom was bare to the waist, broad-shouldered, and muscular.

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