Glass News from Angela, 19th April 2003

In this issue I want to share some some information I've learned about Stretch Glass; some information about Spatter Glass, and a short discussion about Historismus Glass. I was very surprised that Greg Smith's rock-painting glass paperweights didn't sell on ebay last week. Greg is one of New Zealand's very successful and innovative glass artists; his cast glass sculptures sell for over $2500, and at the moment we are the only outlet for his paperweights. Take a look if you have a minute Click here to see the first one and here to see the other - the pictures are really interesting.

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1: Stretch Glass: Did you know that the stretch marks which appear on Stretch Glass were caused by reheating the hot glass after spraying it with metallic sprays. If you don't re-heat it, you get carnival glass. If you do re-heat it, the surface which has bonded with the metallic spray does not expand as much as the glass beneath it, and so it splits and creates tiny stretch marks on the surface. If the top edge is then manipulated, eg folded outwards, these stretch marks are widened and become more marked. There's a book called "Stretch Glass" by Madely and Shetlar published 1998 that covers each of the manufacturers of Stretch Glass and is very helpful. Click here to read about it. There's also a new page on the Glass Encyclopedia about Stretch Glass - click here to read it.

2: Spatter Glass is also known by several other names, like Splashed Glass and Mottled overlay. The technique was invented by the Romans, and is carried on in much the same fashion today. Since we decided to sell a few things from the Glass Museum to make room for new purchases, via our Glass on ebay, this week I picked out to sell two Bohemian vases that used the spatter technique in very different ways. The first is a Victorian mantel vase which has three layers of glass, clear over white splashes over yellow, with blue ribbons painted on the outside; and the second is a neat little 1930s vase with blue applied handles and a multicolored overlay.

Spatter glass is made by rolling the hot glass over chips of crushed glass, which are then melted into the surface of the glass. We have added a page about Spatter Glass to the Glass Encyclopedia - click here to take a look.

3:  OUR GLASS  on ebay:

Peter Raos glass is becoming more expensive and harder to obtain. Both of these examples are large (3.5") and very fine:
- a millifiori Star o' the Sea tidal paperweight  on ebay #2629332076. This is something special. The turquoise blue-green background to this millefiori glass paperweight is a new innovation, and only the second in this color that I have seen.
- a millefiori Monet spring flowers paperweight on ebay #2629332073

Greg Smith - two superb sulphide-type paperweights
- rock painting of prehistoric fish with green background, on ebay #2629508586
- another rock painting of a mythical fish against a black background, on ebay #2629508584

Peter Viesnik
- floral fountain paperweight (blue and pale blue) on ebay #2629508248
- seascape paperweight  - on ebay #2629334130
- stunning orange calla lily paperweight on ebay #2629506119
- and another floral fountain paperweight (red and yellow) on ebay #2629332081

Ray Ansin - absolutely fantastic tiny flower gardens in glass:
- millefiori Spring Garden in glass on ebay #2628114803

Older items from the Glass Museum collection (these carry the Glass Museum Collection label):
- Cased yellow glass vase with white overlay, old Bohemian on ebay #2629515282
- 1930s Bohemian spatter glass vase with applied blue handles on ebay #2629515460

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 with pictures, or keep in touch with the new items I am going to add, please go to

2: Historismus Glass: We have added a page about Historismus Glass to the Glass Encyclopedia - click here. Basically, Historismus Glass is historical revival glass, where the artist bases his design on an item from centuries earlier. The article on the Glass Encyclopedia came about because David Walker Barker wrote to me some time ago about a historismus glass goblet he had bought at an antiques fair in the North of England. At the time he had no idea as to its significance but simply liked it as an example of hand-made glass. Later he discovered that it was piece designed by Harry Powell at Whitefriars Glass in about 1906, and until his discovery, no examples of this design were known to have survived. You can see a picture of David's goblet at . Thank you David for sharing that with us.


a: The Glass Fair at the Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham, in England takes place on May 11th.this year. I was there last year and I am timing my trip to Britain to make sure I can go this year. You can read about it at:

b: The Custard Glass Collectors Society will be having their 3rd Annual Convention July 16 -19, 2003  in Corning, New York at the  Best Western Lodge on the Green, located at 3171 Canada Road, Painted Post, New York 14870  phone # 607-962-2456. For more information, visit their website at or email Sarah Coulon at

c: Depression Glass Shows (click here) - a listing of depression glass shows across the USA - really useful.

d: Antique Shows in the UK (click here) - give it plenty of time to load; its a very useful site.


a. The Pukeberg Design School of Kalmar University in Smaland, Sweden is starting a new course in glass design in September this year. You can read about the Kalmar University at   and information about the course is at

c: The Glass Furnace in Istanbul (an international center aiming to provide glass instruction equal to the best in the world) has an advanced glass-blowing course for international students starting on May 25th 2003 taught by Jack Wax, of US and Japanese fame.  If you would like to know more about it click here.

7: RECENT BOOKS ABOUT GLASS - for your information in case you missed them:

a: Glassmakers of Stourbridge and Dudley 1612-2002- click here. by Jason Ellis, published Jan 2003. An important historical book based on the author's original research which covers each glassworks in this area of England, who built it, who owned it, and the craftsmen who worked there.

b: Collector's Companion to Carnival Glass  by Bill Edwards, Mike Carwile - click here. - published March 2003 by Collector Books.  Something new from these two familiar authors on Carnival Glass.

c: Treasures of Very Rare Depression Glass by Gene Florence - click here - published March 2003 by Collector Books. Again, something new from a very familiar author.

d: Creative Garden Mosaics: Dazzling Projects & Innovative Techniques by Jill Mackay, Terry Krautwurst (Eds) - click here - published March 2003 by Lark Books.

e: The Glass Designs and Prints of Dirk Jacobsz Vellert  by E. Konowitz  - click here - published by Brepols, March 2003. Vellert was a major Dutch stained glass artist from the early 16th century. Amongst his many major works, he designed  windows for King's College Chapel, Cambridge, UK. A comprehensive book covering his work and its importance.

f: Advertising Paperweights: figural, glass, metal by Richard Holiner and Stuart Kammerman, published by Collector Books, 2002. I found this a fascinating introduction to the subject, and the extensive photographs will surely delight any serious collector.

g: Standard Encyclopedia of Pressed Glass 1860-1930, 3rd Edition by Bill Edwards and Mike Carwile - click here - published March 2003. A new edition of this popular book.

h: Antique Pocket Mirrors: Pictorial and Advertising Miniatures by Cynthia Maris Dantzic - click here, published December 2002 by Schiffer Publishing.

i: New Zealand Glass 2nd Edition -click here . Published July 2002; author A. M. Bowey. - people have been asking where they can find out more about the "iris and herringbone" pattern items made by Crown Crystal Glass in Australia. This CD has the full catalogue from Crown Crystal Glass Australia including the iris and herringbone pictures.

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

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