From the Hands of the Makers Exhibition

Mon Dec 6, 2021 - Sun May 15, 2022- see all dates
Various times
10+ years old
Adults: $15.00, Seniors (65+): $13.00, Harvard ID Holders: Free, Non-Harvard students with I.D.: $10.00, Youth ages 3–18: $10.00, Youth under 3: Free, Members: Free
Harvard Museum of Natural History

From the Hands of the Makers explores what it takes to both make and conserve a model and investigates the lingering mysteries surrounding the making of the glass flowers—closely held secrets that only modern technology can reveal.

Over their 50 years of creating the Glass Flowers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, father and son, continually experimented with materials and methods that pushed the boundaries of glassworking. Years later, their complex and varied practices presented unique challenges for the conservators preserving and protecting the models, which led to a suite of conservation processes nearly as varied as the Blaschka’s techniques.

Museum hours are 9am-5pm daily.

Image credit: Dichanthelium xanthophysum (Slender rosette grass), Model 774, Rudolf Blaschka, 1923. The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Harvard University Herbaria/Harvard Museum of Natural History © President and Fellows of Harvard College.    

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