Glass News from Angela, April 11th 2004

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing Easter holiday.

Did you know that Pirelli Glass was closely associated with Vasart and Strathearn Glass (Scotland) during the 1950s and 60s? They made some beautiful little animal figurines, including a set that were made for Guiness which have become highly collectible. There is a new page on the Glass Encyclopedia about Pirelli Glass - click here to read it.

Recently I have become fascinated with the variety of surface treatments that produce a frosted effect on glass. Did you know that Carlo Scarpa, working for Venini in the 1930s, used hydrofluoric acid mixed with sawdust to produce a mottled form of frosting that they called "Corroso"? I would be grateful if you can take a look at the article I have put on the Glass Museum website about the many kinds of frosted and rough surfaces found on glass. I would like to know more about how some of these effects were acheived, especially the ones that look like sprayed on "overshot". Click here to read the article on Rough Surfaces on Glass.

This Newsletter has information about glass exhibitions and events over the next couple of months, some newly published books about glass, and links to our glass on eBay. I do hope you find something here to enjoy.

During February my computer decided of its own accord that it would update my mailing list, and completely deleted 6,800 names from the Glass Newsletter list. So that is why you have not heard from me for a while. I managed to recover 5000 of those names from a backup disc I made last November, and another thousand from my "trash" files. But unfortunately there are about 800 people who had registered and whose email addresses I have lost; so if you are part of a club or a discussion group on glass and you think some of the members may have been amongst my "lost 800" could you let the group know about my problem and invite them to re-apply at Also there are half a dozen or so people who asked to be removed who have now been restored to the list and I don't know who they are. So my apologies to those who asked to be removed. Please tell me again!

I received an email recently from a regular visitor to the Glass Encyclopedia, who told me that there were problems with pop-up and pop-under advertisements appearing when she opened the pages of the Glass Museum and the Glass Encyclopedia. I have looked into this and removed some advertisements and disabled the pop-up/pop-under option on all the others, so you shouldn't have this problem now. Please let me know if you get a pop-up or pop-under or anything else obnoxious from visiting my websites, so I can take action.

If the links don't work in your email copy of this newsletter, you'll find another version with all its links working here:

Designer Searches This is just a reminder that there's a very useful list of Designer Searches of ebay to be found at I have started using it myself, and find it really useful when I don't have much time and I want to check through the various types of glass that interest me.

Our GLASS on eBay:
If you want to see a quick overview, you'll find our auctions at

We have been promoting Ray Ansin's stunning "Gardens in Glass" pendants, and I think his new signature cane which is now included in his paperweight-beads is a great innovation. Take a look at one of these:

Ray Ansin - Millefiori Red Garden in Glass signed Ansin, kiln annealed lampwork focal glass bead pendant, beautifully formed hibiscus flowers and Ray's new signature cane "RA" - on eBay at #4103143306

Ray Ansin - pale blue and dark blue primulas with beautiful yellow stamens in their centres - on eBay at #4103143633

Keith Mahy - from his Earthscape series of paperweights, another beautiful and unusual silver iridized paperweight, signed and dated by the artist - on eBay at #3715696377

Tango style Bohemian art deco glass vase bright vermillion orange decorated with black, yellow and brown glass splashes around the base and a brass top - on ebay at #3715696205

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: The GlassArt Society's 34th Annual Conference will te held in New Orleans, Louisiana,  from June 10-12, 2004. The keynote speaker will be Andrei Codrescu from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Glassworking will be demonstrated by Lucio Bubacco, Bandhu Scott Dunham, Gene Koss, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, and others. More information can be found on their website at

Next year's conference is going to be in Australia! If you want to submit a presentation to next year's Conference,  you need to put in your submission before May 1st this year. The Glass Art Society’s 35th Annual Conference will be held in Adelaide, Australia, May 7-10, 2005, and hosted by Ausglass.  It promises to be an interesting and informative adventure in a beautiful city in an amazing part of the world, combining the best of GAS and Ausglass events. Proposals should be sent to the Glass Art Society, 1305 Fourth Ave., Ste. 711, Seattle, WA, 98101, USA; or use the form for submitting a proposal which is on their website at

b: British National Glass Collectors Fair, 9th May 2004. This fair will be held at The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 on the M40 and only 30 minutes drive from the former venue. You can read more about the forthcoming Glass Fair at

c: The Broadfield House Glass Museum (near Birmingham, UK) has a Paperweight Collectors' Day on April 25th. Willie Manson will be demonstrating paperweight making, admission is free, and you can take your own paperweight to be identified if you wish. While you are there, take a look at the Exhibition  called Okra: 25 years of Glass, which runs from April 24th until August 15th. The Broadfield House website has more details including how to find Broadfield House and when they are open -

d: The Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee from May 16th to 23rd 2004. Over 290 workshops and classes, with on-line class registrations starting on January 20th (click here) plus the largest consumer bead show in the USA, with over 300 vendors.  For more information visit their website at

e: Depression Glass Shows in the USA
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!

f: Antique Shows in the UK, France, and the USA - give it plenty of time to load; its a very useful site .

g: Events at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
are listed on their website at

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

Click on any of these titles to read more about the book.

a: Kentucky Derby Glasses Price Guide, 2004-2005 by Judy L. Marchman, published by Eclipse Press in April 2004 (available now).

b: Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass: 9th Edition by Bill Edwards and Mike Carwile, published by Collector Books in February 2004.

c: Florence's Glass Kitchen Shakers 1930-1950s: Identification & Value Guideby Gene and Cathy Florence, published by Collector Books in March 2004. 159 pages.

d: Glass Animals Including Animal and Figural Related Items, 2nd Edition by Dick and Pat Spencer, published by Collector Books in February 2004. 317 pages.

e: Wmf Ikora & Myra Glaser/One-Of-A-Kind and Mass-Produced Art Glass from the 1920s to the 1950s by Carlo Burschel and Heinz Scheiffele, Bilingual edition published by Arnoldsche in February 2004.

f: And of course, our own publication, Bagley Glass by Angela Bowey, Derek and Betty Parsons; published on CD September 2003. If you click on this link you will see some sample pages and details of the contents.

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

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