I originally wanted to share the newest Pittsburgh Glass Center Exhibit, Lifeforms, with you today, but I haven't had a chance to visit it yet. Hopefully I will get to attend and will report the next time I post here. So today, I thought I'd share some pretties with you from the Carnegie Museum here in Pittsburgh.
When I first walked past these items, I thought they were ceramic. Upon further inspection, I saw that they were glass. They are simply gorgeous! They are made with what I can only assume are murrini (small pieces of colorful designs in glass, which are shaped in rod form and then nipped into small pieces to reveal the design).
There was one exhibit I particularly liked, it was called Curious Concretions. The text reads as follows:
"concretions form in soft, sedimentary rocks when minerals like calcite, siderite or pyrite grow around a kernel or nucleus within the rock, somtimes a speck of carbon or a fossil, and cement the -- sediments into a ball, rod or disk"
They are quite beautiful, and my favorite is the Pyrite Sun, found in Illinois (third photo in this series).