Patterns similar to marbling
- The etcher Caroline Saltzwedel developed an etching technique that resembles those 19th
century marbling techniques done directly on the paper. She 'marbles' directly on the
etching plate. Most exciting! Her website is www.hirundo-press.com if you want to have a
- I have a friend who has these old roman and Egytian core glass things or even fragments for sale if anyone interested. Please email me if you want his address.
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From: Jake Benson<mailto:handbindery@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 8:20 PM
Subject: [Marbling] Patterns similar to marbling
Brent is right to think of marbling patterns seen in some forms of glass making. Art
historian Woodman Taylor pointed this out (I think during the Harvard 1986 symposium?).
He noticed many patterns in marbling are similar to those found in ancient Egyptian core-
Here is a great web site for this kind of ancient glass:
This summer I saw some small heart motifs in some later Ptolemaic examples in the Freer
gallery at the Smithsonian.
In addition to this Woodman found a reference made by some Japanese scholars who had
noticed similarities between patterns in suminagashi and T'ang dynasty pottery.
Unfortunately I cannot find an image for this on the web.
I will add to this the patterns of what is some times called "Watered" or "Damascus" steel
One contemporary metalworker who makes this steel can be seen here:
scroll down to the bottom.
The patterns are similar to a kind of marbled pattern found in polymer clays, very popular
for making jewelry these days.... this too has ancient roots. Here are some sample of an
artist making pens in the Japanese mokume gane technique
And finally, we must give credit what I think is the most ubiquitous form of surface-
marbling, (or at least the most delicious, unless you are lactose intolerant or vegan).
The marbled cheesecake.
Of course some people have also misunderstood some of this information. I have now
seen paper marbling attributed to Ancient Egypt and dated to 2,000 years ago, which of
course, did not happen. Whether or not marbled paper was made in the T'ang dynasty
cannot be proven either, although the source for Su Yi-Jian's account may date to that
Marbled Cheesecakes? who knows? Is this French?
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