a large staff. She cultivated the art of making people carry out her ideas.“Each girl comes out with her pet difficulties, and I try to change thedesign so as to do away with them,” she said. She also had to contendwith their personal lives, calling her department the “matrimonial bureau.” When one of her staffers decided to marry, she complained thatthe women were giving up nine-dollar-a-week jobs to marry men whomade considerably less.
Yet she continued to long for a husband and, in 1897, left the companyfor a second time to marry. While she was traveling with her new fiancé,Edwin Waldo, in Wisconsin, he fell ill and soon disappeared. He wouldturn up six years later, claiming amnesia, but Clara had moved on andresumed her position as the head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department. After her return, Clara and the Tiffany Girls executed some of thecompany’s most iconic pieces, such as the Dragonfly, Daffodil, Wisteria,Butterfly, and Poppy lamps. Clara also recommended adding mosaicThe Tiffany Girls at the beach, c. 1905, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of
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