• Loetz Glass Collector Eddy Scheepers on the Pride of Bohemia Loetz was a Bohemian company. It was a factory; and the region’s biggest and best glass manufacturer. There were other contemporaries like Kralik, Rindskopf, and Pallme-Konig that produced glass in the same style, made almost in the same way, but not always with the same quality. The glass is covered with vapors of metals, like silver, for instance. Most Loetz glass was not free-blown like most pe…
  • U.S. Studio Art Glass, Before and After Chihuly Marvin Lipofsky introduced me to glass while I was getting a bachelor’s degree in ceramics at the California College of Arts in Oakland, California. One day I saw a poster there for the Pilchuck Glass School, which is about 50 miles north of Seattle. I told my parents about it and as a graduation gift they sent me to Pilchuck in the summer of 1974. That’s when I met Dale Chihuly. He’s the found…
  • Getting Lost in Strathearn Art Glass Paperweights In 1998, while going through my parents' estate, my wife and I found some glassware made by Anchor Hocking between the 1940s and the 1960s as promotional items for laundry detergent and gas stations. My parents had recently been killed in an automobile accident, and my wife said, “Hey, it’d be a good idea to try to put this set together in memory of your mother,” so we started visiting antique sho…
  • Reyne Haines Spills on Tiffany, Chihuly, and Loetz I started becoming interested in art glass when I moved from Texas to New York, and wanted to decorate my apartment with New York-type things, things I had never seen in Houston. I grew up in Texas, which is a relatively new state. While there’s a lot of money in Texas, we didn’t have a Tiffany’s, we didn’t have a Marshall Field’s, or companies that sold Baccarat or Lalique or Tiffany or Steuben o…
  • Modern Glass Blowing Still Adheres to Ancient Traditions Although the gaffer and his servitor seen in these pictures wear the clothes of today, they are actually following the same steps and using the same tools that glass blowers have used for centuries. These pictures, taken at the Steuben works of the Corning Glass Company, show the successive steps in making a piece of fine hand-blown glass. The tools, blow pipe, pontil rod, bench, tongs and wooden …
  • Colorful American Blown Glass in the Victorian Manner American glass of the last quarter of the 19th Century means to many nothing but pattern glass. Yet during this same period tremendous advances in the art of blown glass were made by four or five men of genius working in the few factories where appreciation of the glassblower's skill and creative ability still continued, and where it was realized that there was still an excellent market in America…
  • Candlesticks from Sandwich and Points West The dolphin candlestick and its various half brothers, the fluted column, the loop-and-petal and the baluster, have been popular with collectors for many years. They have been sought in all variations of form and color and one would expect a well-annotated family history had long since been compiled. On the contrary, in the literature of American glass one finds only occasional and brief reference…