The Art Of Glass
The Heart Of Glass
Lalique, Swarovski, Tiffany, Waterford, Baccarat, and Murano have made their mark in history with their art of glass. The beauty of glass inspires art, and this site was designed to be a source of reference and information pertaining to how it is made and with examples of each type.
The amber glass vase holding my home grown poppy was made at Hale Farm and Village by glass artisan John Boyett. You can find more of his work at The Akron Glass Works Hot Glass Studio.
The Glass Money Bead
The art of glass is part of the history of money . . .
According to GlassOnLine, glass has been around since the beginning of time with the first man made glass objects being non-transparent glass beads.
For most of their history, glass beads were more than a craft, more than an art. They were equivalent to money, and were traded. Glass bead work was also an art form that warded off evil. The technique used to make the evil eye talisman bead is at least 3000 years old, and still in practice today.
The bead displayed to the right is an example of a very old glass evil eye money bead from Marrakesh. The design work runs throughout the inside and outside of the glass. The value of the 'evil eye' bead was its 'eye' design to ward off evil.
'Bay O' Glass Beads - It's The Little Things . . .
Many of today's artists who love working with glass have neither the space nor means to work in a large furnace environment. However, with a little space around the house it is amazing how glass work can be accomplished on the small scale.
Below are a few examples of one of a kind glass art glass beads. The details are impressive, and the small scale art is functional as wearable art, as well as displayable art. The small size also makes for easy shipping and handling.
Blown Away . . . - The Fine Art Of Blown Artist Glass
An artist's details on a grand scale tend to leave one breathless. Some glass masters start with a drawing, others just start with a vision. Whichever method is preferred, the glass and the artist meld in the design process with results that are often unique and amazing.
Large scale glass makes a statement. There is nothing like the sparkle of a glass plate adorning a wall. One cannot help but look up to the prisms of light reflecting from a crystal and glass chandelier suspended from mid air. And I've yet to see anyone who is not tempted by food caressed by the glass bowl or plate that sets like a jewel on a table.
Below are a few examples of the magic of blown glass.
When one thinks of stained glass, usually one is reminded of a church window. Artists such as Tiffany not only utilized the medium for windows, but lamps and art, as well. The beauty of stained glass is the art of painting with glass. Below are unique examples of stained glass items available on eBay.
I Bet You Didn't Know
There is more than one way to paint a glass . . .
The Other Painted Glass
Some artists use glass as subjects for their canvas, others use glass as their canvas. Below are a few examples of the fine art of hand painted glass.
Lead Crystal - Glass With Class
Lead crystal is actually lead glass cut by machine or glass to a refined finish. The most notable artisans specializing in lead crystal products were Steuben, Waterford, Swarovski (who invented a lead glass cutting machine), Bacarrat, and others. Below are a few examples of the finest.
1862 Daniel Swarovski invented the machine that cut leaded glass. The Swarovski Crystal Company is still creating breathtaking works of art.
The beauty of Swarovski Crystal is respected world wide as a premium glass. This book provides more information on the man who made the machine to cut glass and enhanced the art of glass.
If you are an art glass enthusiast, your comments, information, and links are welcome here. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit The Art Of Glass.
© 2007 Tonie Cook