From the earliest archaeological evidence of glass making dating to 3500 BC to the glorious medieval stained glass of Europe to the decline of stained glass between the Renaissance and the mid-19th century, the story of this marvelous material is the topic of a Stained Glass Workshop for Kids. The program, led by Museum Educator Lola Chen, will introduce kids to the subject. The workshop project is creating a stained-glass sun catcher. Children will help prepare their snack, Stained Glass Cookies.
Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society Members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257.
Did You Know?
According to stained glass expert Dan Riggott “John LaFarge and Louis Comfort Tiffany are two of the most important influences on the American style. They were both American artists who began experimenting with glass, trying to develop glass that had a wide range of visual effects. LaFarge and Tiffany worked independently and eventually became competitors. LaFarge developed and copyrighted opalescent glass in 1879, but Tiffany was the one that actually popularized its use in stained glass windows. Tiffany’s name eventually became synonymous with the American glass movement. Both LaFarge and Tiffany used intricate cuts and richly colored glass to create an image. They also developed the technology of plating, or “layering” glass, which adds both depth and texture to the window. Tiffany also made use of the new copper strips technology that was being used instead of lead. Instead of using lead to hold the window together, copper could now be used instead, which was much thinner, and could create much more intricate sections of the window. Tiffany created stained glass windows with both Biblical and landscape scenes. Tiffany sold to both churches and wealthy private buyers.”