Autumn Rose Charger

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Autumn Rose Charger

circa 1955
Furnishings; Serviceware
Glass
Height: 2 1/4 in. (5.72 cm); Diameter: 17 3/4 in. (45.09 cm)
Gift of Mark McDonald, Hudson, NY (M.2010.170)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Glen Lukens used his ceramics equipment to experiment with glass decades before the revival of glassmaking invigorated the long-neglected craft....
Glen Lukens used his ceramics equipment to experiment with glass decades before the revival of glassmaking invigorated the long-neglected craft. After heating the material in a kiln, he slumped it over open molds, creating pieces with smooth tops and bumpy, textured undersides, such as this charger. He called the works “American Desert Glass,” an allusion to his annual trips to Death Valley to source minerals for his experiments.

(California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way," 2011-12)
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Bibliography

  • Kaplan, Wendy, ed. California design, 1930-1965: living in a modern way. Los Angeles: Los  Angeles County Museum of Art; Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.

Exhibition history

  • California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way" Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 1, 2011 - June 3, 2012