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Image ID: 341
Title:Cutting out beveled gold leaf tiles for Glencairn
Source:Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn, PA
Medium:35mm slide
Description: “So he [Raymond Pitcairn] said, ‘I want you to make me tiles, which have the glass over the gold so it won’t come off.’ But he said, ‘These tiles have to have a cushion edge.’ Well I didn’t know how to make a cushion edge at the time, but it was about two weeks before Christmas. I went home one day and my wife was making Christmas cookies, and I noticed that when she used the different cutters to cut out the different shapes, it rounded the edges of the dough. So I said, ‘Well if you can do it with dough, I can do it with glass.’ So I had this form made by which I could actually round the edges of these tiles, and this is what they looked like” (Gunther, Ariel. Transcript of Bryn Athyn glassmaking lecture. Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania).