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7PilgrimCameoGlassfromtheToumaCollectionJanuary19-November172013GlassGalleryIn2011Drs.JosephB.andOmaymaToumadonated41piecesofPilgrimCameoGlasstotheHuntingtonMuseumofArt.ThisgiftcameontheheelsofanothergenerousdonationbytheToumasof100piecesofPilgrimCameotoMarshallUniversitysDrinkoLibrary.Thatcollectioniscurrentlyonpermanentviewonthe2ndfloorreadingroom.TheToumasbegancollectingPilgrimCameoglassinthe1990snotonlyforitsbeautybutforthepurposeofpreservingthelegacyofcameoglassproductionintheHuntingtonregionwhichbecametheiradoptedhomein1971.PilgrimGlassCorporationwasestablishedinCeredoW.Va.in1949byAlfredKnobleranditbecameknownforitsmanyrarecolorsofglassespeciallycranberry.In1987KelseyMurphyandRobertBomkampjoinedthecompanyandsoonbeganexperimentingwiththecameoglasstechnique.Inthe14remainingyearsofglassproductionatPilgrimthefactoryclosedin2001MurphyandBomkampcreatedhundredsofdesignsandpioneeredanewtraditionofAmericanSuperCameo.MurphyandBomkampcontinuetodesignandproducecameoglassintheirhomestudio.CameoglasswasfirstcreatedinancientRomeinthe1stcenturyAD.Only15completepiecesofthisancientglasshavesurvived.ThetechniquewasusedinIslamicartinthe9thand10thcenturiesbutwasthenlostuntiltheearly18thcenturywhentheChinesebegantomakeopaqueglasswithcarveddesignsinreliefknownasPekingglass.Bythelate18thcenturyglassmanufacturersinGermanyEnglandandlaterinFrancebeganperfectingtheartofcameoglass.Thetechniqueinvolvescasingonecoloroveranotherthencarvingusinghand-cuttingtoolsengravingwheelsacidorsand-blastingwhichexposesthevariouslayersofcolorbeneath.MurphyandBomkamphavecasedasmanyas12layersofcolorononevessel.TheToumashavebeenpatronsoftheHuntingtonMuseumofArtfordecadesbestknownfortheirdonationofmorethan400worksofNearEasternArttotheMuseumbetweentheyears1991and2004.Theyalsodonatedthefundstoconstructagallerytodisplaythiscollectionandin2010financedabeautifulcatalogueoftheToumaNearEasternCollection.AfterfallinginlovewithPilgrimcameoglassandamassingacollectionasbeforetheywishedtosharethesebeautifulobjectswiththepublic.Aselectionofthe41PilgrimCameoglasspieceswillbeonviewintheMuseumsglassgallerythroughNovember172013.ThisexhibitissponsoredbytheIsabelleGwynnandRobertDaineExhibitionEndowmenttheWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandtheNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.KelseyMurphyDesigner10thStreetViaductHuntingtonRiverandRailVase2000.PilgrimGlassCorporationCeredoW.Va.Cameoglassofsevenlayershuntergreenovertopazoverwhiteoverblackoverhuntergreenovercrystalovercobalt.Editionoffour.GiftofDrs.JosephB.andOmaymaTouma2011.9.29KelseyMurphyDesignerMorningAngelFish1992.PilgrimGlassCorporationCeredoW.Va.Cameoglassfishofthreelayerscobaltovergreenovercrystal.FreeblownwithMorningGloryflowerdesignonbody.Editionofone.GiftofDrs.JosephB.andOmaymaTouma2011.9.9