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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WGRZ-TV, July 6th

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COBA art glass
VietNamNet Bridge, July 4th

However, art glass at that time looked ashen due to the lack of diverse colours. Till 2003, Vinh produced a type of enamel paint which dries to a hard, glossy and finish coating surfaces to decorate the glass. Vinh decorated the first picture of the...Read more

Art Gallery Listings July 5, 2015
Chico Enterprise-Record, July 4th

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

Downtown St. Augustine galleries open late for First Friday Art Walk
Florida Times-Union, July 3rd

CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the ...Read more

Mixing mediums: Glass painter blends two art forms
Charleston Gazette, June 27th

Working as director of decorating at Fenton Art Glass Co. for many years, Reynolds makes painting cardinals on Christmas ornaments look easy. MARTA TANKERSLEY HAYS | Sunday Gazette-Mail photos In her upstairs loft studio, Reynolds creates both ...Read more

Joint Base Officer McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Will Take Art Glass Gift to New Post
The SandPaper, June 26th

A gift from Long Beach Island will go with a Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst commanding officer when he leaves New Jersey to accept a new position. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce presented the officer with a New Jersey-shaped ...Read more

Art Glass Company Viterra Names Erica Friedman Creative Director
Gifts & Decorative Accessories, June 9th

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA—Erica Friedman has been appointed creative director by Viterra. Her responsibilities will include directing, designing and managing all creative for the glass art company. “We are privileged to have an industry expert of Erica's ...Read more

Morris man dies; forefront of art glass movement
Waterbury Republican American, June 8th

MORRIS -- Larry Livolsi, an internationally known glass blower and forefather of the art glass movement, died at his home in Morris on June 1. He was 69. Livolsi suffered from diabetes and bladder cancer. "There was just a plethora of conditions that...Read more