Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

By Susan Vreeland


It’s 1893, and on the Chicago World’s reasonable, Louis convenience Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of leading edge stained-glass home windows that he hopes will earn him a spot at the foreign creative degree. yet backstage in his long island studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s department, who conceives of and designs the majority of the long-lasting leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will lengthy be remembered. by no means publicly stated, Clara struggles together with her hope for inventive popularity and the doubtless insurmountable demanding situations that she faces as a qualified girl. She additionally yearns for romance and companionship, and is dedicated in several how one can 5 males, together with Tiffany, who enforces a strict coverage: He doesn't hire married girls. eventually, Clara needs to make a decision what makes her happiest—the expert global of her fingers or the private international of her heart.

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A beardless man with ruddy complexion and black hair entered through the arch from the parlor. Whistling “Yankee Doodle,” he swept off his black fedora with its small red feather, flung it onto the hat rack along with his long red silk scarf, and did a little dance step. ” He held out both arms. ” Applause burst forth from both tables. He was a bit of a Yankee Doodle dandy himself, with his red handkerchief pointing up out of the pocket in his frock coat. He bent to lay a humorously loud kiss on Miss Owens’s cheek.

Ha! ” I could smell competition brewing in him like molten glass. “You can still top me if you’re canny about how you handle things,” Charles Tiffany said. ” “You have one advantage,” said the father. ” He tipped his head toward me. ” He stepped behind an Oriental lacquered screen to dress. ” Mr. Tiffany asked me. “Six, just as you said. ” “Double the department, as soon as you can. ” “If I might say so, doubling the department all at once would mean some of the experts and I would be drawn off our projects to train so many new girls.

When it started to harden, his server rushed it back into the glory hole to reheat it for more shaping. All that in less than three minutes. It was like an ancient fire dance. I wanted to watch him finish, but Mr. ” In the take-out room large rectangles of the new iridescent flat glass in blues and greens and golds were propped against one wall. “You’ll use this for the double-peacock mosaic,” said Mr. Tiffany. “By God, this will make the world take notice. La Farge will seethe with envy. ” “If we finish in time,” Mr.

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