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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Caterina Urrata, a world of glassBoston Globe, December 7th
Biggest thrill: “Working glass. Overcoming the challenge of it demands a lot of patience. Figuring out the process to make any particular thing is super satisfying.” Biggest surprise: “Going to MassArt. I never thought I'd make art glass. I thought I'd...Read more
Glass and moreThe Independent, December 6th
In her studio, she displays examples of items she has made for years — art glass, vases, paintings. “The gallery glass is a liquid paint applied to glass lined with leading designs,” she said. “Stained glass is actual cut glass applied in specific...Read more
Art Center grant's in a glass all its ownMuscatine Journal, December 5th
The Muscatine Art Center received a $2,922 grant and plans to hire a humanities scholar to complete five essays on topics connected to a significant art glass collection that was gifted to the Art Center in 2007. The project includes creating an...Read more
'Viewpoint of Billions' uses Google Glass to make art look back at youThe Verge, December 4th
New York artist David Datuna debuted a Google Glass-powered interactive piece yesterday at Art Basel, one of the world's biggest modern art shows. Viewpoint of Billions is a giant 85-inch by 114-inch American flag covered with thousands of eyeglass ...Read more
PINE GROVE GALLERY: Art glass shop opens in BiwabikMesabi Daily News, November 25th
PINE GROVE GALLERY: Art glass shop opens in Biwabik. Jim Melgeorge is pictured at Pine Grove Gallery, his art glass shop in Biwabik. Melgeorge designs and creates the pieces. Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 10:01 pm. PINE GROVE GALLERY: Art ...Read more
Open House Sunday at Colorful Visions Art Glass Studio in BayportPatch.com, November 16th
This weekend is the annual open house event at Colorful Visions Art Glass Studio and shoppers are getting special discounts and savings on everything from home decor glass art to jewelry. Hours are 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Stop in and see the...Read more
Kotlers donate studio art glass collection to The RinglingSarasota Herald-Tribune, November 15th
In three decades of collecting studio art glass, Philip and Nancy Kotler have not broken a single piece, although two were shattered in shipping. Needless to say, the installation crew at The Ringling is proceeding with all due caution as it places two...Read more
Let's Talk About Art: Glass artist Drew HinePittsburgh Post Gazette, November 12th
This is a biweekly series about art and artists in the region. Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts serves the community through arts education, exhibitions and artist resources. Pittsburgh has a long history of manufacturing glass. At...Read more