Glass News from Angela, 24th August 2003

Since my last newsletter such a lot has happened. I was invited up to Scotland to dig at the old Harland Glassworks site,  where Paul Ysart made his last paperweights in the ten years before he retired in 1982. Digging in a muddy hole in the far north of Scotland may not be everybody's idea of a great holiday,  but the six of us who were involved had a wonderful time and found all kinds of pieces of cane and broken paperweights. Take a look at this picture (click here - ) - isn't that something!  I will be writing a piece about the dig and let you see more of the photographs later - including one of yours truly directing a JCB mechanical digger by mooonlight! I told you we were enthusiastic! I met some great people in Scotland and I'll tell you more about them later.
Continuing this month's theme, paperweights, we have a new article on the Glass Museum website about the amazing work and life of Debbie Tarsitano. You can see the article and some superb pictures of her work at

In our Glass on ebay ( this week we have another of Ray Ansin's superb rose gardens in glass. Also  I brought some stunning paperweights back from Scotland made by John Deacons and his son Craig, and I will be selling some of them on ebay. Take a look if you have a minute - the pictures are great - click here.

People have started to send me information they would like included in this newsletter, and where it relates to interesting glass events or training opportunities, I have included it. This has made our sections on Glass Events in the Near Future more interesting. As always, there are some new books about glass that you may have missed; also some interesting magazines; and some more "Did you know?" tips..

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1: Debbie Tarsitano and Paul Ysart: . Did you know that Debbie Tarsitano made a small number of paperweights that contain some Paul Ysart canes? There's a new page on the Glass Museum about Debbie Tarsitano, her father Delmo Tarsitano, and their glass. Click here to read it -

2: Bagley Glass: This company must have been the most prolific glass producer in the UK of art deco glass, and since they had agents in Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand their glass is widely distributed around the world. They made marketing trips to the USA, and they must be one of the very few UK companies whose glass is widely found in the USA.
If you do a search on ebay there are usually around 70 or 80 items listed as Bagley Glass, and they come from all around the world - especially England, the USA and Australia.  There's ways a smattering of Sowerby, Crown Crystal, and Davidson's glass mixed in with it and called Bagley.
Another feature of Bagley Glass which is not widely recognised, is that whilst many companies in the 1930s had art deco designs ON the glass, there was no other company went as far as Bagley in making the art deco designs INTO the glass. Take a look at this boudoir or dressing table set at -  to see what I mean. This is Bagley's design 3002, made from 1935 until the early 1950s.
In short, I think Bagley Glass is greatly under-valued. For the past three years or more I have been working with Derek and Betty Parsons on a publication about Bagley Glass. Derek and Betty made the only other publication on Bagley Glass - a video which we have now incorporated onto our CD along with extensive catalogue views,  pictures and information never published before..  The CD will cost US29 or GBP19 or NZ/AUS $35.  If you want to reserve a copy, send me an email and I will let you know when they are ready (publication is in September).

 3:  OUR GLASS  on ebay:

Peter Raos - a millefiori Monet spring flowers paperweight on ebay at #2653831321

Peter Viesnik - an attrative seascape paperweight  - on ebay at  #2653831324

Ray Ansin - absolutely fantastic tiny flower gardens in glass:  - millefiori Rose Garden in glass on ebay #165382167

John Deacons - superb traditional millefiori paperweights - on ebay at #2653831319

Greg Smith - two superb sulphide-type paperweights
- rock painting of prehistoric fish with purple background, on ebay #265383134

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


a:  Dudley Glass Festival  (near Stourbridge, England) takes place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 29th of September. It  highlights the work of both the local industry and contemporary British glassmakers and decorators, with  demonstrations, workshops, talks, exhibitions, factory open days and a pressed glass collectors fair. Several venues in the Glass Quarter are taking part and if you can get there at this time, it will be a great experience.

b: Broadfield House Glass Museum, as always, plays a major role in the Glass Festival, and two events are especially worthy of note. The first is the exhibition and demonstrations by Denis Mann, the Scottish glass artist well-known as the engraver of the “Mastermind” trophies. I met Denis recently and saw some of the magnificent pieces he was working on. His exhibition is called "Touch" in which he explores the concept of touch in his latest series of engraved glass. On Saturday 27th Denis will be demonstrating his wheel engraving skills and explaining the techniques and inspiration behind his new work.

c: Pressed Glass Fair On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of September at  Broadfield House Glass Museum.   Pressed glass has become a popular area of collecting in recent years; at this Pressed Glass Fair a number of specialist dealers will be on hand to tempt visitors with glass to buy and answer any questions.  Admission to the event is free. Visit their website if you want to know more about where Broadfield House is, and when they are open -

d: Depression Glass Shows (click here) - a listing of depression glass
shows across the USA - really useful. It's amazing how many Depression Glass Shows there are in the USA. You are so lucky!

e: Antique Shows in the UK, France, and the USA  - give it plenty of time to load; its a very useful site.
f: Cut Glass: This is probably a neglected interest area in the glass field, so it is a suprise to find two major exhibitions taking place in the same month.
The first is in London, organised by Nigel Benson and Jeanette Hayhurst and called "British Cut Glass from 1920 to 1970". It can be seen at the Richard Dennis Gallery, 111 Kensington Church Street, Longon. It will run from the 10th to the 20th of September 2003 and an interesting feature is that all the exhibits will be for sale..

The second cut glass exhibition is at Broadfield House, near Stourbridge and is called The Cutting Edge: - Designer Cut Glass from the 20th Century.  It started in June but is running until 18th September, so there is plenty of time to see it. This exhibition  focusses on cut glass from the local Stourbridge and Birmingham area  and the new style of cut glass that emerged  there between 1930 and 1970.  The work of Keith Murray, William Clyne Farquharson, Ludwig Kny, David Queensberry, and several others is on exhibition, and there are more details on their website at If you are interested in cut glass and crystal, I'm sure these two exhibitions would greatly complement one another. In other words, get along and see them both if you can!

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

a: Art Nouveau Glass Painting Made Easy - click here  - by Alan Gear and Barry Freestone. Detailed instructions for some 20 projects including the tools, techniques, materials, and step-by-step instructions. Published August 2003.

b: Collectible Glassware from the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties, 7th Edition - by Gene Florence, published August 2003 by Collector Books. Gene's new editions are always popular.

c: Collectors Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, 16th Edition - also by Gene Florence, published by Collector Books in August 2003.  This is a great favourite and always manages to have something fresh to tell us.

d :The Fostoria Value Guide - by Emily Seate and Milbra Long, published by Collector Books August 2003. This is a companion book to the other three by the same authors. It is attracting great praise from readers with comments like " This is the book I've been waiting for. It puts all the patterns into one book I can carry with me." and another said "This beautiful new book is a worthy companion to the other 4 books in the series by Milbra Long and Emily Seate! It is artfully designed and cleverly organized, so you can quickly find updated values for any Fostoria glassware covered in the four preceding books." Praise indeed! It does sound like a book we should all get.

j: New Zealand Glass 2nd Edition -click here . Published July 2002; author A. M. Bowey. - the CD that covers pressed glass and tableware made in New Zealand and also has the full catalogue from Crown Crystal Glass in 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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