Art glass sprang from a revolution in glassmaking in the mid 1800s, when glass blowers began experimenting with different colors, patterns, and textures. The subsequent melding of artistry and technique resulted in a wide variety of beautiful handmade objects such as vases, lampshades, bowls, bottles, paperweights, figural works, and even marbles. Many art glass designs created by early innovators like Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany are still in use today.
Other collectible art glass names include Johann Loetz, Fredrick Carder of Steuben, Galle, Thomas Webb and Sons, Stevens and Williams, Handel and Co., Pairpoint, Waterford, Baccarat, Fenton and Blenko.
Art Nouveau art glass, produced around the turn of the 20th century, was inspired by ancient glass that had been buried for so long it had become iridescent. Works from this era are characterized by bright and iridescent colors, and a focus on organics and nature. In the 1920s and 1930s, Art Nouveau gave way to Art Deco. Art Deco art glass is characterized by clear crystal, pastel colors and geometric designs.
After the Art Nouveau era in the early 1900s, there was a void in American-made art glass. But work continued in Europe, especially in France by artists such as Lalique, Daum, and Baccarat, in Scandinavia by artists such as Orrefors and Kosta Boda, and in Italy on the island of Murano. The 1950s and ’60s saw a reawakening in American-made art glass, led by artists such as Harvey Littleton - a tradition continued today by contemporary designers like Dale Chihuly.
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Couples find each other in artNorman Transcript, March 1st
But their love for art glass extends beyond the classroom. When they visited family in Albuquerque recently, they took a side trip to Santa Fe — to the Bulls Eye glass store and workshop. Bulls Eye is credited as being the company that first created...Read more
Art Gallery Listings for March 1Oroville Mercury Register, February 28th
ARC OF BUTTE COUNTY 3RD STREET GALLERY: 163 E. Third St. 892-2447. Open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Featuring art glass, photography and other unique local art pieces, as well as antiques and fine furniture. Contributing artists include ...Read more
Office Bar begins new art seriesSandusky Register, February 28th
Like the namesake suggests, the Straight-Up Art: Glass Painting will focus on the art of painting glasses. Attendees will be able to select a pint glass, wine glass, or a mug amongst other types of available glassware for their canvas. According to...Read more
Rehoboth Art League offers glass art classes starting March 5Cape Gazette, February 27th
There are several basic types of glass art: blown glass art (inflating molten glass), kiln-formed art glass (fusing, slumping, draping and sagging), and lamp work glass art (using a small torch). It is thought that glass was first discovered when sand...Read more
College honors glass maker Jack SchmidtToledo Blade, February 26th
He was involved in the studio glass movement from its beginnings, studying from the first adapters and then running the nascent glass program at the Toledo Museum of Art. He taught and experimented with the new approach to art glass at ISU, the...Read more
Art glass show and saleJackson Hole News&Guide, February 16th
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Glorious glass artObserver-Reporter, February 14th
He explained that there was some confusion over the terms stained glass, art glass and leaded glass. These terms overlap, but leaded glass covers all, as it is lead that holds the glass pieces in place, whether they are colored or plain. Art glass is...Read more
Art glass exhibit dazzles at the Kemp CenterTimes Record News, January 30th
Quite a few art glass processes are being exhibited in the show, Malone said, and most of the work was completed in the past 12 months. “I'm very pleased with the exhibit. We were able to use a number of walls to display the art in such a way as to...Read more