Lights from the Parlor: The Overlay Lighting Collection of Stuart P. Feld
Lights from the Parlor: The Overlay Lighting Collection of Stuart P. Feld.
During the latter half of the 19th century, kerosene became the lighting fuel of choice in most homes. The lamps, which held this relatively safe and inexpensive fuel were made of various materials including glass. Most glass kerosene lamps were utilitarian and provided task lighting. Kerosene was also used to light the most elegant of spaces including the parlor. Among the most elaborate of the parlor lamps were the plated or overlay lamps manufactured by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company during 1860s and 1870s. These exquisite glass lamps graced the finest homes, providing not only light, but visual appeal, when not in use. Lights from the Parlor will feature feature a wide variety of Sandwich overlay lamps from the collection of Stuart P. Feld.
In 2010, a student in the MIT Glass Lab started experimenting with making glass instruments - idiophones, or self-sounders. Inspired, the Glass Lab reached out to Mark Stewart, an instrument designer, and a collaboration was formed. Soon after the MIT Glass Band began jamming and performing - creating a unique orchestra of glass instruments and sounds. Check some of them out at "Minds and Hands: The MIT Glass Lab" on exhibit till October 21, 2018. ...