Glass Makers

A potted history of some of the greatest art glass makers from right across the globe. Roman right up to 21 century artists.

kosta boda glass

Kosta Boda Art Glass: The Triumph Of The ‘Kingdom Of Crystal’

Before the industrial revolution centralised the production of goods in urban areas, the forests and towns of central Europe were peppered with small glassworks. Craft was, for many, a way of life: Whole families would spend their days shaping glass pieces from furnace to finish, with the finest details often being painted by the smallest…

Swedish glass art

Swedish Art Glass: The History Of Orrefors Glassworks & Graal Glass

Scandinavia is a region defined by its natural splendour: From long aurora-lit winter nights to clear streams full of striving wild fish and forests resplendent with soaring pines, this northern landscape is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s therefore unsurprising that natural hues and motifs often make their way into the best Swedish art glass, with…

emile galle glass vase

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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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…

lattimo milk glass

Fenton Art Glass: The History of Milk Glass

From Venice To Fenton Art Glass: The History Of Milk Glass In the world of art glass, much is said about the appeal of whirls of colour and shimmering iridescence; from the many-faceted delights of millefiori to the distracting gasoline glimmer of carnival glass, both collectors and glassmakers have drawn centuries of enjoyment from the…

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Black Glass: Before There Was Glassblowing

How Early Man Used, Traded, and Manufactured Glass Part 1: Origins For centuries, it was believed that our love of glass—like so much of what we enjoy and take for granted today—probably began in ancient Rome. This assumption was largely based upon the writings of the Roman historian Pliny the Elder, who suggested that Phoenician…

Lycurgus Roman Glass Caged Cup

Glass Masters: Roman Glass

Long before the artisans of Western Europe discovered how to perfect the art of glassblowing, some of the greatest glass masters in history—whose names have largely been lost—were active in ancient Rome, making everything from plain cups and jugs to intricate cameos and vases. While many of the more impressive works of Roman glass, such…

Steuben glass

Steuben Glass – A Phoenix Rising?

During a prior retrospective on the life and art of Canadian glass sculptor James Houston published here at Boha, the subject of Steuben glass naturally arose; namely, that the firm, once reputed to produce the clearest crystal on Earth, had closed its doors—presumably forever—in 2011. However, what appeared to be yet another sad end to…

glass art sculpture Houston

From Fire to Ice: James Houston’s Mesmerising Glass Art Sculptures

A few decades before the world-renowned Steuben glassworks closed its doors forever in 2011, it was dominating the world of glass art sculpture thanks to its impossibly clear, intricately detailed pieces depicting life in the far northern reaches of Canada. These glass art sculptures—which at their zenith commanded prices of nearly $20,000 U.S. dollars—were not…

walther sohne uranium vaseline glass nymph vanity tray

Coloured Glass: The Mysterious Glow of Vaseline Glass

While we have previously discussed the safety and basic history of that most enticingly eerie of fin de siecle and early 20th century glass varieties—Uranium or “Vaseline” glass—in our piece Uranium Glass: Haunting Green Beauty, there is much more that remains to be said about this unique and controversial form of art glass. The science…

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