Forest Glass Beaker

Copied Alan Goldfarb, Forest Glass Beaker, 1998, medieval-style blown glass with applied prunts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in memory of Thomas Hume Slater, Jr., 1999.6.4

Artwork Details

Title
Forest Glass Beaker
Date
1998
Dimensions
7 383 78 in. (18.79.8 cm) diam.
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in memory of Thomas Hume Slater, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
medieval-style blown glass with applied prunts
Classifications
Object Number
1999.6.4

Artwork Description

Forest Glass Beakers are inspired by glass from the Middle Ages. The thornlike protrusions, called prunts, are now decorative but derive from their original function of making a vessel stronger and less likely to fall out of the hand. The prunts are applied as blobs of molten glass to the blown vessel and can be shaped in a variety of ways.