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Freitas, Laurinda, 1925-2013



  • Existence: 1925 (date of birth) - 2013 (date of death) - 2013


Laurinda Luiz Freitas was born July 19, 1925 in Corning, New York, one of four children of Theodore Luiz and Bella Comosh. Freitas grew up to contribute to the local glass industry. She began her schooling at St. Mary’s School in Corning, but finished in Madeira, Portugal before returning to Corning to work for Hunt Glass Company.

Freitas worked at Hunt Glass Company primarily as an engraver. She also instructed apprentice cutters there before setting up her own home shop when Hunt Glass Company closed in 1973. The cutting lathe for her home shop came from Hunt Glass Company and was made by Hortons Machine Works in Elmira, New York. Unfortunately, there are no known records that document Freitas’s glass education. Her cut glass pattern designs highlight her talent for creative design and sketching in addition to engraving and cutting.

Laurinda Freitas was married February 12, 1949 at St. Mary's Church in Corning to Antonio (Tony) Freitas, who worked as a gaffer for Steuben Glass. Freitas’s sister, Mary Luiz, also worked for Corning Glass Works for more than 20 years. Freitas actively kept in touch with her family members in Rochester and Corning and enjoyed gardening, hosting family gatherings, cooking, and singing.

Freitas died January 24, 2013.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Laurinda Freitas Cut Glass Patterns

Identifier: MS-0204
Scope and Contents The Laurinda Freitas Cut Glass Pattern collection consists of 147 rubbings and sketches for glass engravings, mostly undated, that document designs applied to tableware, barware, vases, ash trays and other common glass pieces. Some rubbings and sketches are accompanied by a brief textual description relating to the pattern and its intended purpose. The rubbings and sketches depict floral and wildlife motifs, geometric shapes, hearts, numbers, and monograms. Several booklets and templates...
Dates: Circa 1960-1979