The Berkshire Glass Works

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The purity of the sand found in northern Berkshire County provided resources for over fifty years of glassmaking for regular windows and stained-glass windows in the rural landscape of western Massachusetts. From the first cylinders blown in November 1853, demand for the Berkshire Glass Company's work grew exponentially until it was producing three thousand feet of glass by 1855. As the Civil War raged, the company suffered along with the country but came out of the strife stronger than ever. Join authors William J. Patriquin and Julie L. Sloan as they reveal the inner workings of the Berkshire Glass Company and the intricate stained glass born of Berkshire glass.
ISBN: 9781609492823
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Images: 81
Pages: 184
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
William Patriquin has had a lifelong admiration for and obsession with glass. Born and raised in Berkshire Village, Bill has been examining the site and compiling research for many years. Prior to starting his career in glass, Bill served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, BioMed technician and navy diver. He retired in 1997 as a chief petty officer. Upon returning to the Berkshires, he became a professional stained-glass craftsman and restorer and has worked on windows by Tiffany, La Farge and many others. Julie L. Sloan is a stained-glass consultant in North Adams, Massachusetts. She has worked in stained glass since 1982 and is the author of Conservation of Stained Glass in America. Her BA in art history is from New York University, and her MS in historic preservation is from Columbia University. Her other books include Light Screens: The Complete Leaded-Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright (Rizzoli International, 2001) and Frederic Crowninshield: A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010) with Gertrude deG. Wilmers. Her stained-glass restoration projects include Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, New York; H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church in Boston; Harvard University's Memorial Hall; Princeton University's Chapel; and the State Houses of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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