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My addiction to glass

Updated on October 28, 2014
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Collecting glassware is a passion of mine. I see art and beauty in glass and throughout the years have acquired a large collection of art glass.

It may seem strange that a man in his mid 30's who loves fishing, spending time with his family, playing retro video games and the outdoors has such a love for glass. Glass collectors can't be painted with the brush of middle aged/elderly woman who have curio cabinets full of glassware. You would be suprised at how many men collect glass as well. In my travels going to auctions and collecting circles I have found kindred spirits who collect glass whether it be paperweights, marbles, bottles or depression glass, etc. When people refer to art most think of paintings and sculptures/figurines. I can look at slag glass and marbles and feel the same way. My favorite type of glass is slag and my purple nesting lion in the photo is an example of that. Akro and Imperial are some of my favorite makers of slag glass. Up until a 100 years ago most glassware was made by a craftsman and not machine. Old German handmade marbles are a prime example of glass masters and craftsmanship. There are also those who still do lampworking and handblown glass. A name that most people have heard of is Murano glass. The name is derived from the Italian island of Murano with many glass artisans. Generally there are glass shows and glass working shows throughout the country and if you ever attend one you would be impressed with what you can see.

All photos were taken by me.

Glass collecting books on Amazon

Art Glass: Identification & Price Guide
Art Glass: Identification & Price Guide

I own this book and great reference for a variety of makers.

 

Different types of Glass

There are so many types of glass that I can't even begin to name them all. I stated that I am an avid marble collector and slag glass is one of my favorite types. Akro made some wonderful examples and Fenton throughout the years have produced a lot of quality glassware. Sometimes glass is named after styles, timeframe or looks. Some types of glass that most have heard of are Depression, Vaseline, Carnival, Milk, Slag and Blown glass. These types can be easily identified by their look. I prefer some types over others but there are stunning displays in all types of glassware. Glass can withstand the test of time but can be broken and damaged so keep the little ones at bay and have sturdy shelving. Sometimes lighting will illuminate the glass so that it looks breathtaking. I won't go into the how the different types of glass are made at this time and the materials involved, that may be a separate lens at a future date. My main goal is to express how glass can be just as beautiful as a painting if you take the time to look at it and not always just an object crafted for a purpose.

Phoenix Art Glass: An Identification and Value Guide (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Phoenix Art Glass: An Identification and Value Guide (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

I have heard good things about this book but do not own at this time.

 

Another example of slag glass

Another example of slag glass
Another example of slag glass | Source

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Fenton Art Glass: A Centennial of Glass Making, 1907 to 2007
Fenton Art Glass: A Centennial of Glass Making, 1907 to 2007

I own this book and Fenton has produced so many glassware over the years, a must have for Fenton collectors.

 

Fenton Hobnail Vase

Hobnail vase
Hobnail vase | Source

One of my Old German Swirls 1 5/8ths illuminated by flashlight, how beautiful is that

One of my Old German Swirls 1 5/8ths illuminated by flashlight, how beautiful is that
One of my Old German Swirls 1 5/8ths illuminated by flashlight, how beautiful is that | Source

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      estella8309 4 years ago

      this is beautiful!

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      pamlen 5 years ago

      You've got a nice collection, especially the German swirls.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Glass seems to be calling at me lately A LOT! I think I am going to have a new hobby shortly.

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      glassdabber 5 years ago

      I'm a glass addict too. Nice Squiding.