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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New Ringling pavilion to showcase donated art glassSarasota Herald-Tribune, January 30th
An all-glass pavilion filled with studio art glass donated by two couples who have collected glass for decades will be built outside the existing visitors center at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, creating not just a new display space but a...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
Art glass workshop planned for Feb. 19Dubuque Telegraph Herald, January 25th
Barb McKinlay will hold an art glass workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Studio Works, 900 Jackson St. Attendees will learn how to make glass cabochons, round or square, to go on a bracelet. They also will make a matching necklace pendant...Read more
$3M glass art business to open in WhitehallLehigh Valley Business, January 23rd
The site, called Warner Art Glass Center, will hire about 20 employees, he said. Serfass Construction Co. of North Whitehall Township is renovating the site at 603 Eighth St. “It's getting a new roof on it, and we are fitting it out with new bathrooms...Read more
Stolen Chihuly art glass worth $100000 believed destroyed by corn harvesterSanta Cruz Sentinel, January 22nd
Four people have been charged in the theft of $100,000 worth of Dale Chihuly art glass from the Denver Botanic Gardens. Alex Brook, 23, and Joseph Parnell, 36, have been charged with theft, tampering with evidence and felony criminal mischief...Read more
Art glass sells strong at Longboat auctionLongboat Key News, January 22nd
Longboat Key held its first major art glass auction last Wednesday and it was a success according to Ringling Center for the Arts Director Jane Buckman. Ringling worked in tandem with Habatat Gallery out of Michigan, the largest glass dealer in the...Read more
Pismo Fine Art Glass closing galleries in Denver, Vail, AspenDenver Business Journal, January 20th
Pismo Fine Art Glass will close up shop after 25 years in business, founder Sandy Sardella, confirmed Tuesday. Pismo galleries are located in Cherry Creek, Vail and Aspen. The closure is taking place because Sardella said she decided to retire. "We're...Read more
The studio art glass collection of Richard and Barbara Basch fills every niche ...Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 9th
Like many large houses in the gated communities of Sarasota County, Richard and Barbara Basch's home doesn't reveal its treasures from the street. But walk through the front door — making sure to drop handbags, long necklaces and anything else that ...Read more