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Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka – Glass Models: Blaschka Techniques

The 19th century glass makers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) created glass models of plants and invertebrate animals. The early “sea creatures” were sold to universities around the world until 1886, when Harvard University com

Blaschka Techniques



Gover, David. “The Blaschka Glass Flowers Proposed Methods of Construction.” Proceedings, the 38th Symposium and Exhibition on the Art of Scientific Glassblowing. Toledo, OH: The American Scientific Glassblowers Society, 1993, pp. 23-34. Additional info: San Diego, CA, 1993

Rossi-Wilcox, Susan M. “The Blaschkas as Scientific Glassblowers.” In: Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Symposium and Exhibition on the Art of Glassblowing. Toledo, OH: The American Scientific Glassblowers Society, 1990, pp. 2-6. Additional info: Orlando, FL, 1990

Rossi-Wilcox, Susan M. “The Blaschkas' Lampworking Tables.” Journal of Glass Studies, v. 45, 2003, pp. 167-176, ill. Periodicals PER NK5100.G23j

Rossi-Wilcox, Susan M. “How to See through Glass.” Harvard Magazine, v. 91, no. 5, May/June 1989, p. 7. Note: Restoration and study of the Blaschka models of plants.

Rossi-Wilcox, Susan M. “Notes: The Discovery of Leopold Blaschka's First Glass Models of Plants, 1860-1862.” Journal of Glass Studies, v. 37, 1995, pp. 145-147. Periodicals PER NK5100.G23j

“Science in Art: Preserving the Glass Flowers.” Penn State MatSE, v. 1, no. 2, 1997, p. 10. (Publication of Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.)

Blaschka - Cyperus strigosus [art original]

Blaschka - Galls on Quercus alba [art original]

Blaschka - Erythrina corallodendron [art original]