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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Art Glass Offers Clear Advantages to CollectorsWall Street Journal, September 21st
There was a time when glass was a craft. But in recent years it has become something more: an established art form, and an attractive—and affordable—investment. "Art glass is a great way to begin collecting art because there is so much available at...Read more
Krystal Glass Company Unveils New LED Art Glass Display for ShowroomDigitalJournal.com, September 21st
A new LED art glass display has been completed by glass artist Peter Edward Jurgens of Krystal Glass Company. The illuminated glass angel is now on display at the Krystal Glass Company showroom at 2411 N.W. 16 Lane #6 in Pompano Beach, Florida ...Read more
Forever PopsDenton Record Chronicle, September 20th
She put the test piece outside of her art glass shop for four months earlier this year. “I spray painted it and removed it to see how it would stand up to vandalism, and it went through two of those big hail storms we had,” Wood said. “Didn't do a bit...Read more
Wimberley Glassworks Showcases Art Glass Lighting Installations for Office ...DigitalJournal.com, September 17th
Architects and other specifiers attending the convention's popular Design Expo will want to visit Wimberley Glassworks's booth (#516) to see vibrant video and photography of the award-winning studio's nature-inspired, commercial installations around...Read more
Wheaton glass artist teaches jewelry-making to Romeoville senior living groupThe Herald-News, September 11th
Eighteen years ago, Cimaglio began managing sales and marketing for Ed Hoys International in Wheaton, which offers wholesale art glass and supplies, according to its website at www.edhoy.com. Part of Cimaglio's job, he said, was developing programs for ...Read more
Galaxy of Glass show on display at Fallbrook Art Center through October 19Village News Network, September 11th
The fine art glass pieces are being placed on newly acquired display platforms in the gallery, designed to serve as a softly muted backdrop for the vibrant splashes of color. "People will be amazed at the glass techniques in this show," said Perhacs...Read more
Beauty of art, glass on display in Cape MayPress of Atlantic City, September 9th
Beauty of art, glass on display in Cape May. Rich and Diane Flanegan, of West Cape May, stood in front of some of their artwork Sept. 7 at the Cape May Artists Cooperative Gallery on Sunset Boulevard. Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:01 am...Read more
Beautiful art glass marbles: Hold space in the palm of your handCNET, September 4th
All are fascinating: because the spherical shape produces a lensing effect, turning an art glass marble around in your hand is an exercise in discovery as the shape of the object itself magnifies various parts of the wonders within. If you're curious...Read more