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The Origins of Tiffany Studios

The Origins of Tiffany Studios

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Learn the history of Tiffany Studios and their advancements in the art of stained glass, pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Learn the history of Tiffany Studios and their advancements in the art of stained glass, pioneered by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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Published by: Rob on Sep 19, 2009
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Louis Comfort Tiffany viewed life through colorful chips of glass and created art of delicate beauty to show

us his vision. Known for his intricate designs, using left-over glass from the windows he created, Tiffany Lamps are prestigious additions to any home's decor with lasting appeal. Recreated utilizing Tiffany s unique methods, craftsmen craft Tiffany Lamp styles that enhance home lighting concepts today. But how did the innovator of Art Nouveau begin what is now known as Tiffany Studios? The path began with Tiffany s love of art drawing him away from the family's successful silver business. With travels to Europe, exposure to the works of fellow artists and melding minds with the bright Thomas Edison, Tiffany Studios became an influential producer of stained-glass windows, pottery, jewelry, art glass. They are renowned for the The Holy City, a 58 panel stained glass window created by Tiffany and on view today in Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. At its peak, Tiffany Studios employed over 300 artisans, and decorated houses for famous names such as Mark Twain and President Chester A. Arthur to name a few. Among those artisans, a group of anonymous women that worked in the Women s Glass Cutting Department, supervised by Clara Driscoll, contributed to the success of Tiffany Studios. Driscoll was hired by Tiffany in 1888 after completing studies at the Metropolitan Museum Art School. Prior to her arrival, the Tiffany Lamp was static and had a geometric feel. It wasn t until recently that the world discovered that Driscoll was the creative force behind some of the famous Tiffany style lighting designs. When Tiffany Studio closed in 1930, all records were lost. Discoveries of historical letters written by Driscoll to her mother and sister were evidence to show that she and the Tiffany girls were the creative forces behind Tiffany s most famous designs. She and her girls brought femininity into the Tiffany lamp, and it is now known that they were the creators of the Dragonfly, Peony and The Wisteria. Driscoll s first design for Tiffany was the Daffodil. Her career ended in 1908 because she remarried after being a window for some time. It was against the studio s policy to work while being married. Tiffany died in 1933; however, the legacy of the studio continues. Leaving a glass-shaped print on the art world, his work is classic.

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