Designed with a Twist

February 2 - November 22, 2015

Since the beginning of glass blowing more than 2,000 years ago, different design techniques have been used to add variety to simple vessel shapes. Once design technique involves a twist of hot glass, and this twist can range from a simple turn of the wrist as seen in Fritz Dreisbach’s Goblet from 1976, to a complicated manipulation of a bubble inside the stem as seen in the “air twist,” or the spiraling action of colored enamel rods in the stem of a glass as seen in the “cotton twist.”

All of the works on view in this Glass Gallery exhibit come from the Museum’s permanent collection, and range in date from the latter half of the 18th century to the late 20th century.

This exhibit is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Goblet photo by Amanda Abbott and Brittany Ward.

Designed with a Twist

Fritiz Dreisbach (American, b. 1941), Goblet. Blenko Glass Co., 1976. Glass. Overall: 10 5/8” x 5 1/4” dia. (26.9 x 13.3 cm). Museum acquisition from New American Glass: Focus West Virginia, 1976, 1997.26.