Posted 2 years ago
This decanter is 10" high and 6" diameter at widest point. It is very common to find this decanter missing its stopper which was large, globe shaped and the same color as the applied ring. Guessing it was pretty fragile as the majority of these I have seen were missing the stopper and well used. Most were fully signed "Joel Philip Myers". This is the only one I have seen signed "Joel P Myers". My best guess is that they were made and signed by Myers, but it is possible that they were made by multiple artisans and signed by the artisan, though the signatures are all very similar and done by hand. I have read that these decanters were made only for Gumps Department Store of San Francisco. I do not have a good source for this information. I have seen these with applied ring clear, amber, blue, green, charcoal, yellow and red. The decanters are always clear glass.
"A graduate of the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, N,Y. Joel Philip Myers became intrigued with glass when he heard a lecture by the head designer from the famous West Virginia glass factory named Blenko Glass. After graduation, Myers was offered a position at Blenko and became its head designer. At the Blenko workshops, Myers was given a unique chance to both design and produce blown glass with creative freedom. By 1966 he won the Best of Show in an exhibition at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C. and the Award of Merit from the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. In 1970 he joined the faculty of Illinois State University to begin a glass-making program through which he influenced many students. In 1997 he retired as a Distinguished Professor of Art from that post. Remarkable layering and inclusions of colored glass in Myers work recall the color field and stained canvas art as well as abstract expressionism of contemporary painting. As both an artist and teacher, Joel Philip Meyers is a seminal figure in the studio glass movement."