Andrea Osgood

Belle Kogan: Designing a Place for Women in the Field of Industrial Design


In the late 1920s, industrial design began to emerge as a viable field in the United States.  Because of the Great Depression, there was a great deal of competition among companies who were beginning to rely on visual form as a way to sell products. Men dominated the field until Belle Kogan came on the scene in the late 1920s.
Belle Kogan, Reed and Barton, silver-plate, Industrial Design, Art Deco

A Look at Safavid Glass


Looking at this colored glass ewer that was produced in Iran sometime in the seventeenth to early eighteenth century, during the late Safavid dynasty,  I cannot help but be reminded of a colored glass wine bottle.  Coincidentally, this vessel most likely would have been used for wine as well, since much of the glass production in Safavid Iran was linked to the wine industry in Shiraz.  The Shirazi wine industry is credited with spurring glass production in Iran b
ewer, Glass, enamel, gilding, Safavid, Iran, Persia, wine