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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Much of the art glass featured Wright's interpretations of prairie plants such as sumac and goldenrod and insects such as butterflies and dragonflies. The home is constructed of brick, red oak and plaster with a clay tile roof. It has 35 rooms...Read more

Art Gallery Listings Aug. 30, 2015
Chico Enterprise-Record, August 29th

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. All proceeds for the gallery...Read more

Caliente Hot Glass Studio Doubled The Size Of Its Operation
San Antonio Current (blog), August 26th

A local glass-blowing outfit is inviting the public to an open house celebrating an expansion that doubles the size of its studio. The San Antonio Current featured Caliente Hot Glass Studio in October 2014 when we explored the city's art glass scene...Read more

New York Metropolitan Glass Club Is Now Art Glass Forum | New York
Maine Antique Digest, August 25th

The New York Metropolitan Glass Club has changed its name to Art Glass Forum | New York. The new name better reflects the organization's “leading role as an advocate for the glass arts and the study of historic, contemporary, and collectible glass,” ...Read more

Corning Museum shines a light on glass
Dallas Morning News, August 21st

Unlike typical museums that protect their collections from light, the Contemporary Art + Design Wing invites light in; it streams through a ceiling made of 980 skylights — transparent, translucent or opaque glass — onto the art-glass objects below...Read more

The glorious glimmer of artisan glass
Petaluma Argus Courier, August 14th

Studio glass is also known as art glass, and is thought to have begun in 1962 when a professor and his students at the University of Wisconsin designed and built a brick furnace in which they melted glass and blew a glass bubble. One of these students, ...Read more

Fort Wayne Gaining World Fame for Art Glass
21Alive, August 7th

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (21Alive) -- His name is Dale Chihuly and in the world of art glass this frumpy, one eyed man is a giant…his beautiful forms taken right from nature helping to elevate the ancient craft of glass blowing to the art form we celebrate...Read more

Art: Glass art by Christopher Morrison at Western Gallery
The Bellingham Herald, August 3rd

Morrison Glass Art announces an exhibition of “The Threshold Project,” comprised of 12 hand-blown glass sculptures by Christopher Morrison, opening at noon Thursday, Aug. 6, at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. “The Threshold Project” ...Read more