Glass is a fascinating material. Nowadays, it's everywhere. In structures, technology - it's just a thing we accept as part of the landscape. There are entire building facades made out of glass. Our phones have glass screens.
It wasn't always that way. While glass goes back a long way, for much of it, it seems it was considered a luxury item. I'm interested in tracing glass as a structural material - it's use in buildings, and residences.
Some of the windows of the most interest to me is a series of windows that were included in the paintings of Vermeer. He often included a geometric lead camed window in his paintings, usually variations on a theme.
I got a wild hair and decided that I'd like to recreate a Vermeer window. But to do it right, I have to begin at the beginning. I'm taking a 6 week glass blowing class over at the Worcester Center for Crafts, and going some research about what glass *is*. I mean, we're all told that glass is melted sand, but that isn't the whole story. I'm going to try to hunt down the story.