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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First Thursday: Art, music and more
The Idaho Statesman, March 5th

Check out the scene at Boise Art Glass and FireFusion Studio, 1124 W. Front St. You can learn to work with glass and make your own decorative float ($40 for a half-hour), pictured, or make wearable enamel art to take home ($25). You also can watch...Read more

Goodbye china sets, hello luxe entertaining products
Fortune, March 5th

That could mean adding a chandelier, fine art such as art glass sculptures or gilded bookends, Krautsack says, all of which she has seen on recent registries. It's a trend being seen across the board, from retailers to manufacturers who are beginning...Read more

The (un)SCENE Art Show Forgets Commerce, Communes with the Art
artnet News, March 4th

"If I had a religion it would be art," Glass told artnet News, lamenting how commodified the contemporary art world has become. Organizing the (un)SCENE as a counterpoint felt "sort of like a responsibility." When Glass finally decided to hold the fair...Read more

Glass Art Gets Its Moment at Sarasota Galleries
Sarasota, March 2nd

The pair made a significant donation of their studio art glass to the museum in 2012. Now they, and longtime Sarasota philanthropists and fellow collectors Warren and Margot Coville, have teamed to make a major joint gift to the museum that will create...Read more

Rehoboth Art League offers glass art classes starting March 5
Cape Gazette, February 27th

There are several basic types of glass art: blown glass art (inflating molten glass), kiln-formed art glass (fusing, slumping, draping and sagging), and lamp work glass art (using a small torch). It is thought that glass was first discovered when sand...Read more

College honors glass maker Jack Schmidt
Toledo Blade, February 26th

He was involved in the studio glass movement from its beginnings, studying from the first adapters and then running the nascent glass program at the Toledo Museum of Art. He taught and experimented with the new approach to art glass at ISU, the...Read more

Art glass show and sale
Jackson Hole News&Guide, February 16th

1 Use Full Name. Your first and last names are required for your comment to be posted, and they will appear online. 2 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. 3 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming ...Read more

Glorious glass art
Observer-Reporter, February 14th

He explained that there was some confusion over the terms stained glass, art glass and leaded glass. These terms overlap, but leaded glass covers all, as it is lead that holds the glass pieces in place, whether they are colored or plain. Art glass is...Read more