• Artist Helen Lee embedded pangrams in this globe produced at the MIT Glass Lab.

    Photo: Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center

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  • Letter 'P' cut on side of glass.

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Resident artist explores pangrams at MIT Glass Lab

Helen Lee creates glass vessels with embedded letters and words as design elements.


Glass can serve as a window that gives a clear view of the world, or as a mirror that perfectly reflects our own image. If you introduce distortion to the glass, you can obscure that view of the world or play with your image in the way of a fun house mirror. Artist Helen Lee's love of graphic design and glass has led her to create glass vessels with embedded letters and words as design elements.

During a recent stay as resident artist at the MIT Glass Lab, Lee explored the use of letters of the alphabet embedded in glass cane as a design element for her blown glass globes. After making a full set of glass canes for each letter of the alphabet, Lee laid out pangrams — sentences using every letter of the alphabet — then fused them together. She also made vessels that revealed lowercase script letters when cut in half.

Lee, who is based in Berkeley, Calif., gave two examples of pangrams she fused into her glass: “Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim” and “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.”

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Topics: Arts, Glass, Materials Processing Center

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