Fountain with Blue, from the Fountain Series

  • Dominick Labino, Fountain with Blue, from the Fountain Series, 1979, hot-worked glass with internal veiling, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman, 1999.89.3

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In charge of glassmaking at a milk bottle plant in Clarion, Pennsylvania, Dominick Labino worked in the laboratory, where he was able to melt small quantities of glass and develop colors. He made glass buttons for the plant manager’s daughter and his own two daughters with their initials on them, and considered his interest in color to evolve from this. “If there’s no challenge, there’s no fun! and colors are a challenge, there’s no end to them. I’m still working on colors!”

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“My approach to glass can be summed up with a Bell Telephone slogan from the 1930s: ‘To Measure is to Know How.’” Dominick Labino, “Glass: Artist and Influence,” 1981

Fountain with Blue, from the Fountain Series
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7 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (18.4 x 6.9 x 6.8 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Elmerina and Paul Parkman

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hot-worked glass with internal veiling
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