Artwork Wednesday: Solvay Process Company

Solvay Process

Solvay Process Company
Silk Screen
By Edith C. Noble, c. 1970s
Gift of Ellen Fladger, 1990

Noble created a three-part mural in Solvay commemorating the village and the solvay process. She lived almost her entire life in Solvay, attending high school, and teaching art classes (design, watercolor, oil). Noble studies art at Syracuse University, graduating in 1930.

This process an industrial operation in which limestone rocks are made into soda ash, the primary ingredient in glass. Belgian Ernest Solvay developed the process and, in 1880s, licensed two brothers to produce the ash in Syracuse to take advantage of its acesss to salt, a crucial ingredient needed to produce soda ash.