Webb Corbett Ltd., Stourbridge
- Reference Number: p/1699
- Date: c1970s
- Level: Item
- History Note: The Woodall Team or to give them their correct title The Gem Cameo Team were a group of up to 70 or 72 glass decorators working under the supervision of the Woodall brothers Thomas (1849-1926) and George (1850-1925), the Woodall's principal assistants being; John Thomas Fereday, William Hill, Tom Farmer, Harry Davies, William Mullett, G. Round, J. Reynolds and Mr. Beddard. They were in the employment of Webb's. The team and in particular the Woodall brothers worked on making the newly rediscovered process of making Italian cameo glass, easier to make and more cost effective. The difficulty being, that cameo glass is made by bonding two layers of glass together. One layer would be white or a light colour and the under layer would be of a dark glass, i.e. dark blue or red. The lighter layer would then be calved, etched or ground away to make the two tone design. But the two layers of glass often cooled at different speeds causing bubbles, cracks and other faults to form in the glass, so that several blanks had to be made to get a good final piece. They obviously succeeded as Webb's Gem Cameo Team glass and the pieces produced by the brothers, together and separately won many prizes over the years. Today lots of this glass is now in museums and art galleries as examples of the finest types of cameo glass.
- Description: Two examples of dark blue "Woodall" cameo glass vases. Left; 'Venus Rising from the Sea'. Right; 'Crane and Palm'
- Terms:Decorative glass
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