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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Cloud Glass Reference Site
Antique Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Club
Clubs & Associations
- Antique Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Club
- The Glass Art Society
- Stained Glass Association of America
- The Glass Association
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Art Glass
Source: Google News
Glass Artist Peter Edward Jurgens Creates Custom LED Illuminated Art Glass ...PR Web (press release), March 11th
Peter Edward Jurgens, a master glass artist celebrating 30 years of creating fine art glass in South Florida, recently completed two 115” tall LED illuminated art glass windows with a custom design for an ocean-front home in Highland Beach, Florida...Read more
ESU Art Show to Feature Collaboration Between Kids, Glass ArtistsEmporia Gazette, March 10th
took place under the direction of Dr. Carol and Fletch Russell, in collaboration with Art Faculty, Patrick Martin and Roberta Eichenberg, and involved additional faculty and students from Elementary Education, Art Therapy, Early Childhood, and Art...Read more
Entertainment Art Gallery Listings: March 9, 2014Enterprise-Record, March 8th
ARC OF BUTTE COUNTY 3RD STREET GALLERY: 163 E. Third St. 892-2447. Open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Featuring art glass, photography and other unique local art pieces, as well as antiques and fine furniture. Contributing artists include ...Read more
Boise artist blown away by popularity of glass artKTVB, March 7th
BOISE -- At Boise Art Glass, masterpieces come to life using heat, air, and gravity. Artist Filip Vogelpohl, originally from the Czech Republic, has been glassblowing for close to two decades. "I saw a friend blowing glass in his garage, and tried it...Read more
Glass Artist Peter Edward Jurgens Completes LED Illuminated Art Glass for JB's ...PR Web (press release), March 4th
Peter Edward Jurgens, a master glass artist celebrating 30 years of art glass in South Florida, was recently commissioned to create a custom LED illuminated art glass piece for JB's on the Beach in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The hand-made piece features ...Read more
Mosaic artist Martin Cheek will teach course at D & L Art GlassSt. Augustine Record, February 20th
Internationally renowned mosaic artist Martin Cheek, from England, will teach a course from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at D & L Art Glass, 107 Allgood Circle, in Moultrie Business Park. The class will be for beginners and experienced artists. This...Read more
Ignite Glass Studios Offers A Look Into The World Of Glass Art During The 'Day ...Broadway World, February 19th
19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Ignite Glass Studios, Chicago's state-of-the-art, glass blowing and glass art educational studio in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, will offer the public the unprecedented opportunity to get an up-close look at the mesmerizing...Read more
Glass artists aim to make 'most inspiring piece of art glass ever created' for ...Deseret News, February 14th
Glass artist Tom Holdman shows one of the glass panels his studio is creating for Utah Valley University's 75th anniversary celebration in 2017. The glass masterpiece will be part of the library. His works of arts are appreciated worldwide. His...Read more