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Studio Art Glass: Is The Future Cloudy Or Crystal Clear?

When reading about the great glass makers of yesteryear, one can be forgiven for developing the impression that the decorative glass industry has, as a whole, been in decline for some time. For every Steuben (which famously rose from the ashes of bankruptcy in 2015), there are many more Loetzes, Kraliks, and Sowerbys: Companies who […]

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Stained Glass Art

Stained Glass Art Of Medieval Cathedrals The feeling that accompanies walking into a medieval cathedral is incomparable: As you enter the cavernous main chamber of the structure, the sound of your own breath and footfalls is suddenly magnified. There is a sense of ageless continuity, as if a river of time flows beneath the building, […]

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Galle Glass

The Passionate Artist: How Emile Galle Glass Art Reshaped An Industry Collectors today have so many antique art glass styles to choose from that it’s easy to forget how contemporary the concept of ‘art glass’ really is. Yet a brief look through the types of glass popular with collectors today—such as vaseline glass, depression glass, and carnival glass—reveals […]

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Creative Glass

An art glass perspective from our US writer John Watson… For most people, glass is a functional material used for windows, glassware, and little ornaments around the house. It is not a material that people consider to be a major part of the art world, unless of course you include stained glass windows in that […]

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Arts and Crafts Movement

Arts and Crafts Movement (c.1860 to 1910) The Arts and Crafts movement formed in the second half of the 19th century and was made up of English designers and writers who wanted a return to well-made, handcrafted goods instead of mass-produced, poor quality machine-made items. In the 1890s the popularity of the Arts and Crafts […]

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Italian Glass Art

The Italian island of Murano is renowned for its historic glass factories, which have prospered in the face of events including World War 2 and the more recent economic downturn. The island is home to iconic and highly reputable brands including Venini, De Biasi and Salviati to name but a few. The glass manufacturers of […]

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British Architectural Styles

British architecture has evolved hugely over the centuries, with movements and styles from years gone by still having vast appeal today. Let’s take a look at some of Britain’s major, most prominent and most iconic architectural styles from the late 15th century onwards.   Tudor The Tudor period was the final phase of Medieval architecture […]

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Glass Ornaments: A German Christmas Miracle

Many beloved Christmas movies hinge their dramatic impact on the idea of Christmas being jeopardised in some way, only to be saved at the last minute by a miracle. Whether it’s the threat of the Grinch stealing away everyone’s gifts or the possibility of Christmas being cancelled due to a great storm, the idea of […]

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