Dear Readers,

As you may have seen elsewhere, in mid February my wife and I suffered the loss of our home in a fire, in the hills of central Massachusetts. The good news is that we got out safely and had no animals in our care at the time. The fire crews were able to contain the fire from spreading, in what turned into a 3-alarm, 5-hour-long ordeal in subzero temperatures; they did amazing work, and no one was injured. The bad news is that all of my physical historical materials and research of 30 years have gone up in smoke. As a result I have decided to suspend this blog for the time being. It will remain online as a resource for those interested in the history of glass and glassmaking in the seventeenth century and beyond. I do intend to resume writing when I can, but for now my time and energy are required in getting us back on our feet.

Friends are providing temporary shelter for us nearby and our intention is to rebuild as soon as possible. To those who have reached out with a steady hand, to those who have opened their wallets, and offered advice in our time of need, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. In what are already difficult times for all of us, you have made a huge difference in our lives.

Paul Engle
6 March, 2021

Friday, November 29, 2013

Conciatore is pleased to welcome our first guest writer, independent researcher Maria Grazzini. Maria holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Florence, where she studied Antonio Neri under the late Prof. Paolo Rossi, philosopher and historian of science. Recently, she published an annotated English translation of Neri's manuscript Discorso in the journal Nuncius. By day, she runs the hotel Albergo Natucci, in Montecatini Terme, with her husband Vincenzo. Please join me in welcoming Maria to Conciatore:

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