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Beer Mug

1975/original design 1972 William Bernstein Born: Newark, New Jersey 1945 glass 8 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. (20.5 x 11.8 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.144.2 Not currently on view

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"I am drawn to the material of glass for the sensuous softness of hot glass, its speed and grace, and to the sheer joy of glassworking." Artist's statement

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William Bernstein created goblets and sculptural pieces early in his career that were inspired by the simple design and practicality of colonial American glass. He made these two mugs just a few years after his graduation from the Philadelphia College of Art, in Pennsylvania. Bernstein added blue ribbons of color to the clear molten glass, which mimic the playful zigzag pattern of the mugs' handles. This set was featured in the Renwick Gallery's 1975–76 exhibition Craft Multiples, which highlighted the work of production craftsmen.


decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass


About William Bernstein

Born: Newark, New Jersey 1945

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