Few things liven up a room or any decor than fine art glass with daylight flowing through it. Glass catches the eye and draws you into the room.
Art glass primarily refers to glass works of a more decorative than functional intent that are created by individual glass artists and/or their few assistants using small-scale furnaces in glass studios. While contemporary art glass is notable for the hand wrought aspect and individual creativity, vintage art glass that was made prior to the 1960s can include factory-made glass artistry, produced by small teams of factory workers.
With machines taking over the production of utilitarian glass items in the nineteenth century, workers had the time to try their hands at more artistic creations. The modernistic movement in art also affected glass-making, with institutes like Corning in New York, the Bauhaus School in Germany, and the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague introducing glass-making courses with an emphasis on fine art training. As a result, glass artists began incorporating fine art effects in their work.
Companies like Lalique, Daum, Galle, Royal Leerdam Crystal and Kosta Boda in Europe; Tiffany's and Steuben's in the USA; and Hoya Crystal in Japan became renowned for their art glass production. Murano in Italy, with its long tradition of experimentation in glass, remained in the forefront and is generally considered the birthplace of the modern art glass movement, having inspired artists from arou...>> Read on
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