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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The Dangers Of Art Glass And The Dangerous Art Of Pussy Riot
OPB News, February 12th

One of the world's top makers of art glass is reeling after revelations that its plant in Southeast Portland has been emitting vastly more cadmium and arsenic than previously known. Bullseye Glass suspended production of some products this week, and a ...Read more

Fluid fire: Art takes shape at glass blowing studio in Ellsworth
Bangor Daily News, February 11th

Three furnaces blaze in Atlantic Art Glass studio, reaching temperatures that exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot air drifts from their fiery bellies, gliding through an open window to greet the chilly February morning. The meeting of hot air and cold...Read more

Patricia A. McWilliam (1931-2016): Art museum docent took interest in glass works
Toledo Blade, February 5th

She first volunteered as a docent at the art museum in the mid-1970s and led groups large and small, young and old, for more than 30 years. She took an interest in the museum's glass holdings and developed an expertise in art glass, but was conversant...Read more

Provo City Center Temple windows reflect pioneer heritage
Deseret News, January 28th

Perhaps it is fitting, then, that Glass Images & Creations Inc., the contractor that restored the deteriorating stained-glass (or art-glass) windows in the tabernacle back in the 1990s was the one chosen to construct the windows in the new temple. “We...Read more

Madison Style: How a retail plant store became a stained glass art studio, January 23rd

The Vinery will be hosting an event sponsored by KBW Foundation in June. The First Annual Glass Experience is a four-day opportunity for immersion into the creation of art glass. Classes will be taught for all ages and skill levels by the best in the...Read more

Glass program opens to all students
BG News, January 20th

O'Dorisio added that glass helps you develop critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills as well. Lauren Rusch has experienced the community of the glass program on campus. Senior vice-president of the Student Art Glass Association (SAGA), ...Read more

Dryden artist finds his marbles, calling in art glass
Ithaca Journal, January 20th

Sociologists might describe Dryden glass artist Miles Parker's early adolescence as challenging. After elementary school, Miles was shuttled between Ithaca and Michigan, changing schools each year. He began hanging out with a lively group of friends...Read more

Opal Art Glass: Darlene And Johnny Camp Create Glass Art at Cosmopolis Studio
KXRO Newsradio, January 18th

Or perhaps you admired the stunning glass décor while dining at the Ocean Crest Resort Restaurant in Moclips. These and many other wondrous glass objects were hand blown at Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis, a studio and gallery run by artisans Johnny and ...Read more