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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Taiwan-made glass art on display in Dumb and Dumber ToWantChinaTimes, December 11th
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels take the spotlight in this year's long-awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber, but what viewers may miss in the comedy feature is the presence of art glass from Taiwan's premier liuli, or crystal glass, workshop. Two pieces by...Read more
Glass Shining With Inner LightWall Street Journal, December 8th
the church was built in 1902, at which time it received the gift of seven stained-glass windows produced by Tiffany Studios, the pre-eminent American producer of stained and art glass, under the direction of the firm's founder and head, Louis...Read more
Nature shines through in glass artist's creationsCoast News (blog), December 6th
“Even though it is a trade, to work the art glass, you need many, many years in it to get the feel for the material and the glass. “There's always room for innovation on that level,” he said. For pieces in public there's “huge, huge” room for...Read more
Abler Art Glass open house this weekendTri-County News, November 26th
"Share this holiday with gifts from artists distinctively made by hand," said Bonnie Abler of Abler Art Glass. "Treasurers are offered throughout Abler Art Glass Gallery that will provide a gift giving experience that supports individual quality...Read more
Abler Art Glass Holiday Open HouseTri-County News, November 25th
The artisans at Abler Art Glass near Kiel are planning their annual Holiday Open House for Friday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free glass blowing demonstrations are ...Read more
CHARLTON HALL'S DECEMBER AUCTION TO FEATURE MCCONNELL ART ...ArtfixDaily, November 24th
Their dedication to their collection resulted in a carefully selected assemblage of blown glass, which has garnered attention from art glass experts across the country. A variety of pieces are available in the upcoming sale, including Arts & Crafts...Read more
Baker Arts to exhibit blown glass art exhibit by LHS alum John McDonaldLeader and Times, November 21st
the art of glassblowing developed during his high school years in Liberal. He continued his education in the medium for two years in community college and seven years as a glass blower in a Wichita studio. He established Meridian Street Art Glass...Read more
Donna Gordon creates art with glassLoveland Reporter-Herald, November 18th
This includes a decade of representation by Pismo Fine Art Glass, in Denver and in Vail. When asked about her future doing more of the same, Gordon emphatically replied, "Never!" To her, glass art is something that must grow and evolve with time...Read more