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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Gallery of glass created by Czech artists
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Art gallery listings for Jan. 25
Chico Enterprise-Record, January 24th

Featuring art glass, photography and other unique local art pieces, as well as antiques and fine furniture. Contributing artists include Dave Smallhouse, Paul Crosby, Dean Carrier and Orene Owens. All proceeds for the gallery benefit the family support ...Read more

$3M glass art business to open in Whitehall
Lehigh Valley Business, January 23rd

The site, called Warner Art Glass Center, will hire about 20 employees, he said. Serfass Construction Co. of North Whitehall Township is renovating the site at 603 Eighth St. “It's getting a new roof on it, and we are fitting it out with new bathrooms...Read more

Stolen Chihuly art glass worth $100000 believed destroyed by corn harvester
Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 22nd

Four people have been charged in the theft of $100,000 worth of Dale Chihuly art glass from the Denver Botanic Gardens. Alex Brook, 23, and Joseph Parnell, 36, have been charged with theft, tampering with evidence and felony criminal mischief...Read more

Art glass sells strong at Longboat auction
Longboat Key News, January 22nd

Longboat Key held its first major art glass auction last Wednesday and it was a success according to Ringling Center for the Arts Director Jane Buckman. Ringling worked in tandem with Habatat Gallery out of Michigan, the largest glass dealer in the...Read more

Pismo Fine Art Glass closing galleries in Denver, Vail, Aspen
9NEWS.com, January 21st

Pismo Fine Art Glass will close up shop after 25 years in business, founder Sandy Sardella, confirmed Tuesday. Pismo galleries are located in Cherry Creek, Vail and Aspen. The closure is taking place because Sardella said she decided to retire. "We're...Read more

"Why Are There Not Skyscrapers with a 100-Foot Curtain Wall of Art Glass?"
ArchDaily, January 14th

Most contemporary architects probably don't spend too long thinking about stained glass in their everyday practice – and for the “art glass” industry, that's becoming a big problem. In a fascinating article for the Wall Street Journal, Timothy W Martin...Read more

The studio art glass collection of Richard and Barbara Basch fills every niche ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January 9th

Like many large houses in the gated communities of Sarasota County, Richard and Barbara Basch's home doesn't reveal its treasures from the street. But walk through the front door — making sure to drop handbags, long necklaces and anything else that ...Read more