Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sunrise, sunset...

The 1920's and 30's saw the height of Art Deco style. It swept away the flowing organic shapes of Art Nouveau and in it's place brought strong geometric and streamlined shapes. A classic motif of this period was the sunrise, with it's bold and energising design it was often used in front doors. The large panel below was made for a stairwell in a house with many Art Deco features...

Vintage glasses are particularly good to use in a panel like this as the deep cut of their pattern lights up in sunlight and at different times of the day! Here are rays are placed alternately with a sparkle / matt effect.

Choosing glasses.

Clear glasses used included Spectrum Cord, Glistre (small), Corella, Pilkingtons Hammered no. 2 & 3, old Flemish (large and small), Ripple, Sparkle, Morocco (large), Seedy Wissmach, Kokomo, Antique Cathedral, Arctic (original version, large and small), Festival, Stippolyte (original version) and Spotlyte. Coloured glasses include Arctic (pale and dark amber), English Muffle, Artista (pale and dark amber), it's this glass creating the 'scribble' effect in the border glasses.

Some neat reflections!

More examples of the sunrise and Art Deco themes can be found on my website here and more about old glasses here.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. I stumbled over your blog by pure coincidence but I must say, I don´t regret it. Your Designs look really amazing and I am surprised about the different styles you can create with glass.

    Greetings from Germany!