Caring For Glassware & Art Glass
Caring For Glassware & Art Glass—Tips From the Pros
By Lisa Juff
Preserving art glass and vintage/antique glassware is an essential part of ownership. Simple cleaning methods and safe display, use or storage techniques are the only requirements for glass care.
Pilchuck Auction a Dazzling Success
On the evening of October 29, the famous Pilchuck Glass School held its 30th annual fundraising auction at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. And it was a beautiful night for beautiful art-glass collectibles. This was a black-tie event where guests were invited to bid for world-class art produced by international students and teachers of the Pilchuck Glass School.
It can be difficult to identify unknown art glass. I’ve studied 20th Century glass for a very long time, and have learned how to spot the clues that point in the direction of identification, but it doesn’t always end well. Often, after months of research in my library and on the web, after following every clue I could squeeze out the object, I end up more confused then when I began.
The Timeless Art of Venetian Glass
At the start of 13th century, the city of Venice was the known world’s major hub of glassmaking. Its glassmaking secrets had been refined throughout time as a result of commerce with the Islamic territories of Levant and North Africa. By the late 13th century, glassmakers on the group of islands off the coast of Venice, called Murano, had perfected the art with brilliant methods and recipes.
Mid-20th Century Glass Decor – So Retro!
During the middle years of the 20th century (1920s – 1970s), glass design mirrored the attitudes and fashions of a world surging ahead of its previous limitations. From the Arts & Crafts, Modernism, Art Deco, Eames, Atomic, and Post Modernism eras, came fabulous glass decor from all over the world.