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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Glass maestro in the Glass City
Toledo Blade, April 25th

Leaving his Italian homeland for the United States in 1979, Lino Tagliapietra brought closely held recipes for battuto, zanfirico, reticello, pulegoso, martelé. For the next several decades in workshops around the country, he taught those glass-making ...Read more

Art Gallery Listings for April 26-May 2
Oroville Mercury Register, April 25th

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

Grand illumination
Jacksonville Journal Courier, April 25th

“We're looking to market the chandelier to architects and interior designers with placement in casinos, convention centers and hotels,” Jacksonville Art Glass general manager Ron Weaver said. “We want to stress the fact that this chandelier is a...Read more

Exhibit at The Works shows off Licking County glass
The Newark Advocate, April 22nd

"Breaking the Mold: The Juxtaposition of Industrial and Art Glass" will open Friday with an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum, 55 S. First St. in Newark. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Newark was a big player in the industrial glass...Read more

420 Smoking Glass: Functional Art Glass At Peacepipe
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 20th

Students walk to and from classes on the campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The University of Colorado is open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana holiday for the first time in three years. The university...Read more

Glass gets its due at international fine art exhibit in Royal Oak
The Daily Tribune, April 20th

Ferdinand Hampson, a graduate of Wayne State University, wrote the history of art glass in his book “Studio Glass in America.'' “The American studio glass movement can be traced to 1962, when Harvey Littleton, a professor of ceramics at the University...Read more

Inspired Interiors: Tour America's oldest art glass company
Indianapolis Star, April 17th

You don't have to travel to Murano, Italy, to witness the magic of molten glass being transformed from glowing red liquid into art glass vases. America's oldest art glass company is north of Indianapolis on U.S. 31. Kokomo Opalescent Glass has been in ...Read more

Art news: Jazz ensemble, art glass opportunities
Naples Daily News, April 9th

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