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Karl Wiedmann

Karl Wiedmann, an adept glass designer, significantly influenced the art glass segment of WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik), introducing innovative techniques and aesthetics to their production line. Time to explore the captivating realm of WMF’s glass offerings:

Myra Glass: Initiated in 1926, Myra glass represents WMF’s venture into iridized glass, under the creative direction of Karl Wiedmann. Inspired by the groundbreaking methods of Tiffany and Loetz, Wiedmann mastered the creation of iridized surfaces. This special glass, crafted using silver nitrate in lieu of lead, radiates a deep, translucent amber hue. Through a reduction process in the oven, silver migrates to the surface, bestowing the glass with a shimmering bluish-green to golden luster, finished with a matte texture. Certain Myra vases are distinguished by a crackled surface, achieved through a specific blowing technique. When illuminated from behind, Myra glass pieces reveal a distinctive dark honey color, facilitating their identification.

Ikora Glass: Launched concurrently with Myra, Ikora glass also became a hallmark of WMF’s art glass line, with production running until around 1936 before ceasing. Post-World War II saw a revival of Ikora glass production, though it failed to recapture its former glory and market dominance. The post-war era at WMF was defined by modernistic glass designs, notably by Wilhelm Wagenfeld, until the cessation of all glass production in 1984.

Legacy: Karl Wiedmann’s innovative work at WMF left a lasting impact, enriching the company’s legacy in glassware. While WMF’s primary focus was on metalware, the glass ventures of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly through the Myra and Ikora lines, achieved significant acclaim. These collections continue to be celebrated by collectors and glass art aficionados.

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