Spirit of Huntington’s Artists Come Alive Pays Tribute to Tiffany

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This week at the Spirit of Huntington, we brought light to the New Year with a stunning new project. Our students learned about Art Nouveau and Louis Comfort Tiffanycreating lanterns in Tiffany’s style.

Tiffany is known for his stained glasswork, building windows, lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels, and metalwork. But most importantly, he is known for his jewelry and as one of the founders of Tiffany & Co.

Yes, I am talking about that famous light blue box! Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 by the jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany and became known in the early 20th century under his son Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artistic direction. He changed glass making by experimenting with different elements and incorporating metal strips into his designs and jewelry.

Did you know that Louis Comfort Tiffany is a Long Islander? He built his home in Oyster Bay, under the name Laurelton Hall. Plus, Tiffany also designed the interior of Mark Twain House in Hartford in 1881.

Tiffany wanted to inspire and motivate the future artist. He said, “It is my dearest wish to help young artists of our country….and to assist them in establishing themselves in the art world”.

He believed that nature should be the primary source of design inspiration and the vast majority of his pieces feature images of landscapes, plants, or animals. 

Our students decorated their plastic jars using mod podge, sharpie, and lots of tissue paper throughout the process. Through our virtual class, in our screens, the staff at the SoH were able to see the faces of our students, illuminated when they were able to turn on the string lights on their jars. With Tiffany’s craftsmanship, our students at the SoH were able to incorporate his style, which allows our students to express themselves creatively and engage themselves in creating a Tiffany-style lamp. In addition, we continue to encourage students that inspiration can be seen all around us.

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