Perspectives on the use of glass in therapy

Liora B. Somer, Eli Somer

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Abstract

The contradictory properties of glass and its beauty have captured the imagination of artists in many cultures and throughout history. This article explores the physical dimensions of this medium in art therapy, and specifically analyzes the traits of glass, a neglected material in both art therapy literature and practice. The article explores technical and psychological aspects of the use of heated, melted, and stained glass. Several attributes of the material are given particular consideration. The fragility of glass is described in terms of opportunities for physical expression of withheld anger. The transparence, translucence, and reflectance of the material are discussed from a symbolic perspective, and clinical illustrations are provided. The issue of safety in art therapy glasswork is given special attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Art Therapy
Volume38
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (all)
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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