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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Artist will host series of art glass workshops
Dubuque Telegraph Herald, October 11th

Artist Barb McKinlay, of Dubuque, will host a series of art glass workshops beginning Thursday, Oct. 22. * 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Jo Daviess-Carroll Area Vocational Center, 950 U.S. 20, Elizabeth, Ill. Participants will make 7.5- inch and 4-inch...Read more

Farmington arts center dedicates glass studio
Tribune-Review, October 10th

The new classroom building is a state-of-the-art glass studio, Soom said. Facilities include separate kilns for the students, as well as several large kilns that can be used for larger projects. “Touchstone is the only residential crafts school in...Read more

Rudy Collective, Historic York to host open house of stained-glass installations
York Dispatch, October 6th

Rudy Art Glass co-owner Matt Mitchell poses with historic stained-glass renderings at the Rudy Collective Gallery in York City on Friday. The company will host an open house Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. Bill Kalina - more

What's it like ... to make works of art with glass?
St. Cloud Times, October 5th

Even on a dreary September morning, strolling up the walkway to the house at 720 Osseo Ave. S can lighten up the day. Handcrafted mosaic tiles line the front steps. Open the front door and you are greeted by handmade ornaments. Works of glass are...Read more

State-of-the-art glass studio dedicated in honor of skilled artist
Uniontown Herald Standard, October 3rd

More than five years after heavy snowfall damaged the glass studio at Touchstone Center for Crafts, dozens gathered on Saturday to dedicate a new studio in honor of a beloved former student and board member. kAmu2>:=J 2?5 7C:6?5D @7 $FD2?...Read more

Treasure: Pitcher, glasses date to early 20th century
The Detroit News, October 1st

“Like the people of the region itself, Scandinavia's art glass is diverse and pioneering. Some artists have become famous for their blown and cased glass, others are noted for their carved and cut pieces, and a few organizations, like the Swedish...Read more

Ed Hoy's International Opening an Art Glass Supplies Concept Store at ...
PR Web (press release), September 24th

The glass concept store, located at 27625 Diehl Road, Warrenville, Il 60555, is officially open to the public on October 2, 2015 and will feature a large selection of art glass manufacturers, offering a wide array of art glass supplies and glass fusing...Read more

Norfolk, Chrysler Museum chosen to host 2017 Glass Arts Society conference
The Virginian-Pilot, September 16th

"This is huge," said Charlotte Potter, manager and programming director of the Chrysler Museum of Art's Glass Studio. "It's a recognition of the quality of glass that we have," said Mary Miller, president and CEO of the Downtown Norfolk Council, a...Read more