Selection of Twist Stem Wine Glasses

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Collection of glasses with air twist and opaque twist stems. English, 1760-1785.

Tell me more: The twisted stem wine glasses began being produced in the late 1730’s in England. At first the stems were made with air twists. This process was fairly difficult for glass blowers. To make the stem the glass blower would start off with some glass. Next, the glass blower would purposely trap air into the glass forming air bubbles. After, the glass blower would use a tool by twisting the air bubbles around inside the glass forming unique and creative twists. Once the stem is finished, it would be attached to a bowl and a foot.

By the mid 18th century, white opaque twisted stems were introduced. The process was fairly similar to making the air twisted stems. To make these stems the glass blower would start off with glass. Next, the glass blower would embed enamel into a glass mold. The glass would then be rolled on a flat surface. After, the glass blower would use a tool and twist the enamel into spiraling designs. Once the stem was done it would be attached to a bowl and a foot. Examples of rare twist stem glasses are the colored twists. Instead of having air twists or the white “cotton” twists, the stem would have colors such as red, green, blue, turquoise, brown, and yellow.  These rare glasses began being produced around 1760.

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