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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Patricia A. McWilliam (1931-2016): Art museum docent took interest in glass worksToledo Blade, February 5th
She first volunteered as a docent at the art museum in the mid-1970s and led groups large and small, young and old, for more than 30 years. She took an interest in the museum's glass holdings and developed an expertise in art glass, but was conversant...Read more
Full-Blown Glass Extravaganza Hits SarasotaSRQ Magazine, January 28th
Beginning last night with the opening of renowned glass artist Michael Taylor's latest exhibition, Particles: Something Out of Nothing at Alfstad& Contemporary, the second annual Art Glass Weekend has arrived. Bringing a whole host of events and...Read more
Provo City Center Temple windows reflect pioneer heritageDeseret News, January 28th
Perhaps it is fitting, then, that Glass Images & Creations Inc., the contractor that restored the deteriorating stained-glass (or art-glass) windows in the tabernacle back in the 1990s was the one chosen to construct the windows in the new temple. “We...Read more
Second annual glass weekend starts todaySarasota Herald-Tribune, January 28th
American Art Collector magazine and officials at both the Ringling College of Art and Design and the Ringling Museum of Art have taken to calling Sarasota and southwest Florida a "Mecca for studio art glass," with new gallery spaces either open or...Read more
Glass program opens to all studentsBG News, January 20th
O'Dorisio added that glass helps you develop critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills as well. Lauren Rusch has experienced the community of the glass program on campus. Senior vice-president of the Student Art Glass Association (SAGA), ...Read more
Dryden artist finds his marbles, calling in art glassIthaca Journal, January 20th
Sociologists might describe Dryden glass artist Miles Parker's early adolescence as challenging. After elementary school, Miles was shuttled between Ithaca and Michigan, changing schools each year. He began hanging out with a lively group of friends...Read more
Opal Art Glass: Darlene And Johnny Camp Create Glass Art at Cosmopolis StudioKXRO Newsradio, January 18th
Or perhaps you admired the stunning glass décor while dining at the Ocean Crest Resort Restaurant in Moclips. These and many other wondrous glass objects were hand blown at Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis, a studio and gallery run by artisans Johnny and ...Read more
London gallery hosts all-women show to smash art's glass ceilingsMashable, January 13th
London gallery hosts all-women show to smash art's glass ceilings. 1.1k. Shares. Share. Tweet. Share. What's This? Ads by Google - - -. Moje-sabz-2011-b Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari's "Moje Sabz (2011)," on display at London's Saatchi Gallery ...Read more