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Arts, Volume 8, Issue 1 (March 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Glass has a unique ability to imitate and remediate other materials. The creative possibilities of [...] Read more. Glass has a unique ability to imitate and remediate other materials. The creative possibilities of creating glass that imitates other materials are vast. This paper traces the historical precedence of glass as a medium for artistic imitation. In 12th century Venice, glassmakers first created false jewels to imitate semi-precious stones. The Venetians further extended this to the production of ‘lattimo’ milk glass, an opaline white glass made to imitate Chinese porcelain. This craze continued to spread throughout Europe as glassmakers sought to make their own innovative colour and finish articles in glass. Contemporary glass artists continue this tradition of experimentation, often using glass to imitate and actively remediate other materials. This paper frames imitation and mimicry as a necessary and definitive act within contemporary creative artistic practice. View this paper.