The Phoenix Glass Company was formed in 1880 in Monaca, Pennsylvania and like many other glass companies at that time; they initially thrived on the market for oil and gas lamp chimneys. Moving on to making lamps, globes, shades and electric light bulbs, they formed alliances with a number of glassworks and individuals who could bring specialist glass-making skills to Phoenix.
Continue reading Phoenix Art Glass
Murano is a small island North West of the city of Venice, Italy -not much larger than a few square miles. It is believed the origins of Murano Glass dates back to 9th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Continue reading Murano Glass
Rene Lalique (1860-1945) was a French “art nouveau” jeweler and sculptor who became interested in glass in his 30’s and rented his first glassworks at the age of 49 (in 1909) near Fontainbleu in France. Over the next thirty years he became the world’s leading art glass designer of the art deco period. Continue reading Lalique Glass
The French technique of acid-engraving cameo relief designs on blanks of cased colored glass was but one facet of the trend in glass manufacturing known as art nouveau, which became popular in France about 1890 and continue in favor until just before the First World War in 1914. Continue reading French Cameo Glass
Fenton Art Glass Company was the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States.
Frank L. Fenton and his brother John W. Fenton in an old glass factory building in Martins Ferry, Ohio, founded the Fenton Art Glass Company in 1905. Continue reading Fenton Art Glass
A patent for the Coralene decorating process was issued to Arthur Schierholz of Plausen, Thuringia, in the German Empire, on July 7, 1883. Continue reading Coralene
Early in the year of 1887, full-page advertisements announcing W.L. Libbey’s “latest novelty, Agata Art Glass,” appeared in the Crockery and Glass Journal and other trade papers. The method of producing this novel type of glassware was patented January 18, 1887, by Joseph Locke. Continue reading Agata Art Glass