Lisa Says… Read This Book by Susan Vreeland

By Lisa Hamilton

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
by Susan Vreeland

Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland, is an unforgettable story told at the turn of the 20th century that sheds light on the fact that Louis Comfort Tiffany may not have been the only artist behind the beautiful Tiffany Lamps we know today. Louis was the son of Charles Tiffany, jeweler and founder of Tiffany & Company. Clara Driscoll worked at Tiffany Studios for many years and researchers recently uncovered letters written to her family that may change the history behind the artists and the art.

Tiffany Studios did not allow married women in their workforce, the policy of many companies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. After Clara’s first husband died, she returned to the Studio and worked closely with her boss, Mr. Tiffany. While he encouraged her artistic sense and abilities, he limited the extraordinary talents and crafts of Clara and the “Tiffany Girls.” Clara’s passion and determination portrays a story of glassmaking and the art industry while also telling a beautiful personal story of love, loss and triumph.

If you read Vreeland’s novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, you will be reminded of how Vreeland transforms the beauty of words into our eyes and our souls. Clara and Mr. Tiffany is filled with beautiful descriptions of art and nature in a colorful world. Clara Driscoll may have truly been the light behind the glass.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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