Posted by Dichroic Glass Inc in Glass History
on May 24th, 2011 | 0 comments
Generally speaking, the raw materials for creating glass in ancient times were naturally occurring rocks and minerals: a mixture of silica, alkali and lime with, in some cases, transition metal oxides. Transition metal ions, such as those of iron, cobalt, and copper acted as coloring agents in ancient glass. Manganese and antimony oxides were the principal agents used in ancient times. Antimony was extensively used for this purpose from the seventh century bc onwards, peaking in Roman times in the second century ad; manganese was used increasingly from the late first century bc.
The Romans produced...
Posted by Dichroic Glass Inc in Gift Ideas
on May 21st, 2011 | 0 comments
Deciding on the perfect gift to give members of your wedding party can be a daunting task. Often the bride and groom spend many hours pondering just what to give those who have helped them the most. Something useful is usually a good sign of appreciation, but something handcrafted specifically for each guest really shows that you care. Below is a list of wedding party present ideas that are both useful and handcrafted with dichroic glass.
Perhaps the most common use of dichroic is for making jewelry. For women, there are several options, including a necklace pendant, bracelet, or set of earrings. Men...
Posted by Dichroic Glass Inc in Glass Artists
on May 12th, 2011 | 0 comments
Gertrude de Gersdorff Wilmers, an art historian in Manhattan, New York, grew up hearing about her famous great-uncle, Frank Crowninshield, the man who edited the lofty Jazz Age version of Vanity Fair. But hardly every mentioned is Frank’s father, Frederic, a muralist and stained-glass designer who was in charge of the American Academy in Rome.
He was a Boston blueblood, described as even-keeled and quite charming. When he and wife Helen lived in Rome in the very early 1900s, he ran the American Academy, which was a newspaper, and reportedly, there has never been a known case of an American couple...
Posted by Dichroic Glass Inc in Architecture
on May 3rd, 2011 | 0 comments
T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that construction of the new Cypress Avenue Bridge, which is the main artery over the Sacramento River connecting east and west Redding, has been completed and is now open for traffic. The $62 million project, of which close to 90% was paid with Federal funding, started nearly four years ago and was proposed to widen Cypress Avenue from four to six lanes and to replace two steel girder separator spans with a single 1,025-foot-long, five-span, haunched, cast-in-place prestressed concrete...
Posted by Dichroic Glass Inc in Events
on May 2nd, 2011 | 0 comments
Every spring, In-Town Gallery, in Chattanooga, Tenn., clears its walls, and members bring their most recent art pieces to showcase in “Spring Showcase.” Opening Sunday and with a special reception on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., the show offers attendees an opportunity to view paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry and sculptures constructed from glass, stained glass, wood, metal and fiber. Each work of art was designed by one of the gallery’s 30 artists.
In addition, “Spring Showcase” welcomes two new members that were recently inducted into the gallery.
Mary Clor is a jewelry artist who...
Posted by Dichroic Glass Inc in Events
on May 1st, 2011 | 0 comments
Many of the people who attended, plus all the featured artists, were already thinking about heading north. A beautiful but warm weekend on Marco Island helped show why the Marco Island Festival of the Arts is one of the last of the season’s art show events that is outside.
Unlike the golf Masters at Augusta National, also held on this weekend, no green jackets or other prizes were awarded. The prize at the Marco Masters was being asked to be one of 70 artists to display their work at the event.
Art is all about taste, and the Taste of Marco across the street at the Esplanade invited droves of...