The Portland Vase: Re-Thinking Roman Cameo Glass with Richard Whiteley | Methods & Ideas

The Portland Vase: Re-Thinking Roman Cameo Glass with Richard Whiteley

Recorded live in Portland, Oregon at BECon 2017 - June 24, 2017.

A multidisciplinary group of researchers at the Australian National University—representing visual arts, physics, engineering and classics—has been using a high-resolution 3D scanner to reveal secrets trapped within Roman cameo glass for over 2,000 years. Their theory: iconic works of Roman glass like the Portland Vase at the British Museum were created as pressed pâte de verre and not blown glass, as previously thought.

Richard Whiteley is the lead researcher for the project. In this presentation from BECon 2017, he describes the exciting research undertaken to date.

Richard Whiteley became an apprentice in stained glass at the age of sixteen and holds an undergraduate degree from the Australian National University's School of Art + Design and a masters in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an associate professor and head of the Glass Workshop at the School of Art + Design, ANU. From 2009–2011, Whiteley was a board member for the Visual Art Board of the Australia Council and now serves as a peer reviewer for the organization. His works are held in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the Australian National Gallery and the Corning Museum of Glass.

 

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