By Genesis Nunez
I will spend my summer researching the history behind the world famous Tiffany lamps. I am learning that Tiffany lamps hold much more meaning and serve a purpose greater than simple decorative items.There is a whole world of wonders to discover about Tiffany and about its history. I was surprised to learn that the person who actually started Tiffany was a man. His name was Louis C. Tiffany and he was thought of as the “artistic genius behind the endeavors of Tiffany Studios.” Although Tiffany was the mastermind of the company, it was a group of young women known as the “Tiffany Girls” that labored through the day, anonymously, to execute the lamps, windows, and mosaics that became the company’s trademark products. This group of women had their own department in the company, known as the Women’s Glass Cutting Department, headed by Clara Driscoll. Ms. Driscoll
was the most prominent female figure in the company and was the true artistic mastermind. She designed and oversaw the production of some of Tiffany’s most famous lamps, including the Dragonfly and Wisteria lamps, and the Peony shade. Clara was a very successful woman for her time. She was included in the 1904 article, “Women Who Make $10,000 a Year or More,” but it has been said that more realistically, she earned $35 a week in the year 1902. The amount of success she and the Tiffany Girls had, however, was unheard of at the time. They were truly the essence of the “New Woman,” successful and independent.