Flameworker Bandhu Dunham was inspired to create this kinetic sculpture after researching itinerant glassworkers and their working glass steam engines at the Rakow Library. His engine “The Crystal Gem,” is named after an engine built by itinerant glassworker George Woodroffe 1876. See Dunham’s “The Crystal Gem” in action at “Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library.”
The Crystal Gem, Bandhu Scott Dunham, Prescott, Arizona and Corning, New York, United States, 2006. Lent by The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. RR26605.1.