Steuben glass grapes
1973, Angus McDougall
This cluster of glass grapes was created by Steuben glass designer Angus McDougall. Steuben Glass, Inc. was one of the foremost glass manufacturers in the country, famous for its highly-prized, expensive glassware and home decoration.
The sculpture is made of colorless lead-based glass orbs attached to a cylindrical stem. The components of the object were created by the process of glassblowing, where a long pipe or tube is used to inflate molten glass into a bubble, then transformed into a variety of shapes.
Angus McDougall was born in England and studied sculpture in Boston and Italy, learning his trade at the Royal College of Art’s Sculpture School. In 1938, he moved to the U.S. to serve as a designer for Steuben.