He became convinced that the quality of the stained glass being produced could be improved tremendously.
He may have been inspired by a visit to Europe in 1865 when he visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and admired the medieval glass and the large collection of Syrian and Roman glassware.
Glass with more than one colour is called opalescent glass. The thin walled bubble is broken into irregular shards that are fused on to molten glass. It was used by Tiffany to suggest leaves and twigs seen from a distance. A bubble of molten glass is blown which is cooled then hardened.
An irregular pattern of thin glass wafers are attached to the surface of a sheet of glass in this type of Tiffany glass.
This type of glass is used to suggest folded fabric and was used by Tiffany to represent flowing robes and angel chiffon fabric Wholesalers It is made using a pontile which picks up the glass and is then swung to stretch the glass into thin strings. Drapery glass is difficult to make and requires a high degree of skill. Drapery glass is essentially handmade and a such each piece is unique. His famous church windows use drapery glass to stunning effect. He is remembered primarily for his exquisite stained glass windows and stained glass lamps which are today high priced collector’s items.
Tiffany patented the name Favrile in 1880. It has a texture that looks like surface waves and is made by spinning a sheet of glass on a roller.
Ripple glass was used by Tiffany to suggest water or the veins of leaves.
The method to make ripple glass used by Tiffany was lost when the Tiffany Studios closed in 1928.
Ring mottle glass was invented at the beginning of the twentieth century and is formed by treating area of glass by heat so that a mottle effect is produced.There were many different types of glass developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany at his Tiffany Studios. The name itself is from a French word that means handmade and Favrile glass has an iridescent quality that gives some opacity to the glass and makes it shimmer. These are then attached by pressing onto molten glass sheets.