By Gretchen Sawatzki
|Tiffany, circa 1908|
In 1885, Tiffany founded his own firm to explore methods in glassmaking. Having patented opalescent glass four years earlier, Tiffany sought to level-up his glass production. In 1893, Tiffany introduced his first blown glass vases and bowls, called "Favrile." According to Tiffany the name meant "hand made" in old English.
|Tiffany light fixture, circa 1910|
Today, Tiffany's pieces stand alone in the world of art glass because of his insatiable appetite to push his craft. From jewelry to windows, lamps, and mosaics, Tiffany created something that everyone will lust after. And, now through August 24, 2014 you can experience the rich body of Tiffany's work at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts during their Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibition. You can explore his work with metals to blown-glass. If you can't get enough Tiffany we also recommend the Driehaus Museum in Chicago, which houses the largest private collection of Tiffany in the world, or Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida. All are worth the drive or flight to see the spectacular creations of this one-of-a-kind man.
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