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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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

Art on the Lawn coming to Yellow Springs
Dayton Daily News, July 31st

Pozarski teaches classes at the Peninsula Art Academy in Peninsula, Ohio, and he has won numerous awards for his art glass. Currently he displays leaded art glass windows at Canal Fulton Glassworks and the Peninsula Art Academy. The event includes ...Read more

West Virginia American Art Glass Holds Grand Opening Ceremony
WBOY-TV, July 31st

West Virginia American Art Glass held its grand opening ceremony, July 31, in Weston. Master glassblower Scott Meyer returned to the mountain state and offers daily glass blowing demonstrations. Meyer said he wanted to perform his craft in an area rich...Read more

Utah Glass Art Project Telling Big Story in Big Way
USGlass Metal & Glazing, July 24th

Utah-based glass art studio Holdman Studios is currently working a painstaking project called the “Roots of Knowledge,” which includes 80 intricately designed and handcrafted art glass panels collectively measuring 9½ feet in height and 200 feet in length...Read more

New art glass studio
Hot Springs Sentinel, July 23rd

The Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting July 23 to welcome Riley Art Glass Studio to its membership. Riley Art Glass Studio is an art studio-hot glass shop that creates handmade art glass. Charles and Michael Riley...Read more

Through a really cool Rudy Art Glass: Made in the midstate, July 23rd

Based in downtown York, Rudy Art Glass has been a family-owned and operated architectural and decorative glass fabricator since 1983 (although the genesis of the company date to 1892 when Horace Rudy founded the company as a small lead glass ...Read more

Gorgeous Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase, signed and in superb ...
ArtfixDaily, July 21st

A monumental and gorgeous signed Daum Nancy French cameo art glass vase, 19 ½ inches tall and with a winter scene, in superb condition, sold for $12,000 at a sale of the large and eclectic collection of Virginia and the late Dr. Jimmie Downing held...Read more

Art glass producer Viterra makes debut in Atlanta
Home Accents Today, July 9th

According to a company press release, Viterra art glass combines design innovation with handmade tradition. The Premier Collection focuses on European art glass techniques. It is created by a highly specialized team of master blowers and craftsmen and...Read more