Glass News from Angela, 15th August 2002

This issue has some news about New Zealand glass, something about Custard Glass, and our usual features of glass on ebay, glass events in the near future, and quite a lot of new books about glass that you may have missed.

Welcome to all the new readers receiving my Glass Newsletter for the first time, I hope you find it interesting and useful.

1: New Zealand glass artists:
There are two new pages on the Glass Museum about New Zealand glass artists. The first is about Shona Firman , an artist from the North of New Zealand who works in cast glass. You can find this page at

The second is about Greg Smith, who also works with cast glass but in addition he produces superb "cameo" paperweights. You can see this page at

2: New Zealand Glass 2nd Edition:
After promising to produce the second edition of my CDrom about New Zealand Glass for such a long time, I'm delighted to say it is ready, and you can read more about it on (click here). This 2nd edition is the only publication available to help collectors and dealers recognise the glass that was made in New Zealand. It also includes a rare catalog of glass made in Australia by Crown Crystal Glass.

3: Custard Glass
The opaque yellow glass known as Custard Glass was given its name for the fairly obvious reason that collectors likened it to custard! I don't think Harry Northwood and his contemporary glassmakers who made this beautiful glass in the 1890s would be very pleased! We have a new page on the Glass Encyclopedia about Custard Glass which you can find at I hope you find it interesting.

5: On ebay this week we have some superb art glass from New Zealand, and I made a special effort with the photographs. I hope you will take a look if only to enjoy the pictures, and maybe you will find something you like amongst these:

Peter Viesnik a spectacular cala lily paperweight with really unusual colored lilies - on ebay #2045409329. This is an exceptional example of the cala lily design.
Keith Mahy a classical shaped perfume bottle with masterly green and gold pulled trails - on ebay #2045595119
Also by Keith Mahy a ruby and crystal glass perfume bottle with glass "arms" - on ebay #2046180566. If you haven't seen one of these, it is definitely worth taking a look.
Peter Raos a Star o' the sea marine paperweight on ebay #2046180793 -this one has a black coral background to the rock pool full of marine life depicted in glass.
And from Peter Viesnik again, three more lovely paperweights:
- Seascape Peter's version of an undersea paperweight on ebay #2045690111
- Floral Posy paperweight on ebay #2046180287
- Abstract Fountain paperweight on ebay #2045418501

They are all put up without reserve and so far most of them do not have any bids. If you would like to see a quick summary, click here.

6: Exhibitions and Glass Shows:
a: The Dudley annual Glass Festival takes place next month in Stourbridge, England, one of the main historic centres of glassmaking in the world. This is where Harry Northwood, his brother Carl, Frederick Carder, and many other US glassmakers were trained in the 19th century. All the local centres are involved in the Festival, including Broadfield House Glass Museum (tel. 01384 812745), the Redhouse Glass Cone (tel. 01384 812750), and the Ruskin Glass Centre (tel. 01384 399464). The dates for your diary, if you are going to be in England, are 26th to 29th September.
b: Carnival Glass - The Notley-Lerpiniere Collection selection is on exhibition at Broadfield House Glass Museum from July 27th to September 15th. Address: Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands, England. Tel: 01384 812745.
c: Depression Glass Shows (click here) - a listing of depression glass shows across the USA - really useful.
d: Glass Behind the Iron Curtain, 1948-1978 Corning Museum of Glass, 16 May 2002 - 21 Oct 2002, New York.
e: The Cast: New Zealand Contemporary Cast Glass at the Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings, 19 July to 8 September 2002.

7: Summer Schools and Training Courses:
b: Sunderland University (UK) degree course in Glass and Architectural glass starts in September - click here to find out more.

8: Recent Books about Glass - for your information in case you missed them:

a: The Flowers of Venice - click here . A great book about beads published January 2002 by The Bead Smith; author Giovanna Poggi Marchesi.

b: Bead Work - click here. Published August 2002 by Shire Publications, author Pamela Clabburn.

c: Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide, 21st edition - 2003 - click here to read more. Published August 2002 by Collector Books.

d: Nelson Commemorated in Glass Pictures - click here to read more. Published July 2002 by Antique Collectors Club; author L. P. Le Quesne.

e: Florence's Big Book of Salt & Pepper Shakers - click here. Published July 2002 by Collector Books, author Gene Florence.

f: Pocket Guide to Depression Glass and More, 13th Edition - click here. Published August 2002 by Collector Books, author Gene Florence.

g: Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era, 10th Edition -click here . Published August 2002 by Collector Books, author Gene Florence.

h: Peanut Butter Glasses - click here to read more. Published June 2002 by Schiffer Publishing; author Barbara E. Mauzy.

i: A Day in the Life of a Colonial Glassblower -click here . Published August 2002; author J. L. Branse.

j: New Zealand Glass 2nd Edition -click here . Published July 2002; author A. M. Bowey. - last but not least! Note: If you bought the First Edition and you would like to have the 2nd Edition as well, you only need to pay production and postage costs (email me please).

I do hope there was something interesting for you this week.
Very best wishes

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