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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Thomas Webb & Sons Art Glass Vase Brings $260000Maine Antique Digest, July 28th
An English cameo art glass vase by Thomas Webb, 9½" tall, signed “G. Woodall 1887,” brought $260,000 (no buyer's premium charged) at part two of the sale of the collection of the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife, Karin. The presale estimate was ...Read more
Art Glass Creations LLC to work on the restoration at Basilica of St. Louis ...STLtoday.com, July 21st
St. Louis based Art Glass Creations LLC was selected to restore and fabricate the leaded glass windows for the restoration project at The Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France - The Old Cathedral; the first Catholic Cathedral west of the Mississippi...Read more
The Inaugural Flameworkers' Open House at Pacific Art GlassMedical Jane, July 20th
For those of you in the LA Area who have been interested in blowing glass, listen up. Pacific Art Glass hosted an open house this July 19th from 1pm – 6pm, and they are preparing to offer a whole new sub-section of flame working classes...Read more
Fenton Art Glass Museum to hold final auctionCharleston Gazette, July 14th
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. – More than 500 Fenton Art Glass pieces are expected to be sold when the Fenton Art Glass Museum holds its final auction. Collectors from around the world are expected to attend the July 26 auction at the Dexter City Auction Gallery ...Read more
New art, glass store opens on Capitol StreetCharleston Gazette, July 11th
Only One Look is hoping to make an impression on the Charleston market in the next seven months. The store had its soft opening for its new location at 110 Capitol St. last week. “We love art and we know Charleston is an art town,” Randolph Evans, the ...Read more
Homegrown Savannah: The art of glassDo Savannah, July 10th
The art of glassblowing might seem like a hipster trend, but the techniques dates as far back as the first century BC. The process begins by using a 4- to 5-foot blowpipe on glass has been melted at temperatures that reach 2,200 F, the same temperature...Read more
New Britain Museum of American Art's 'Glass Today' shows 66 artists' workNew Haven Register, July 4th
New Britain Museum of American Art's 'Glass Today' shows 66 artists' work. Luke Jerram's “Avian Flu.” New Britain Museum of American Art. By Joe Amarante, New Haven Register. Posted: 07/04/14, 3:11 PM EDT |. # Comments. Judith Schaechter's “The ...Read more
Art Files: Heart of GlassGood Times, July 2nd
He looks exactly as he did when I first met him at the Art Center several decades ago, when he was fashioning art nouveau art glass out of melted wine bottles gleaned from the trash bins of India Joze restaurant. “The movements of blowing glass have to...Read more