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Carl Radke Glass is the work of an amazing artist who participated in the 1970’s Renaissance movement of glass art in America. A Lustre artist, he was one of many young artists who managed to bring the art of Lustre glass blowing back to popularity in the US. The lustre movement came originally from Tiffany in 1881, the popularity of the art fading and soon becoming lost after 1925.

Lustre art became rekindled in universities across California and the art slowly began to regain its popularity after some students became fascinated with the specific art form. Lustre glass blowing differs from other mediums due to the presence of silver within the glass. The art is more expensive than normal glass blowing, and due to the properties of silver in its molten state, Lustre art works can never be mass produced in factory furnaces.

Each piece of Lustre art glass needs to be placed in the furnace for a limited period of time only before its texture and quality start to diminish rapidly. The art is both unstable as well as volatile, Radke being one of only a handful of American artists who continue to carry on the once forgotten tradition.

Carl Radke Glass pieces are considered to be highly collectable, and Carl continues to work out of his home after closing his studio in Harmony, California in 2006 after serving the public for 20 years.
Lustre art became rekindled in universities across California and the art slowly began to regain its popularity after some students became fascinated with the specific art form. Lustre glass blowing differs from other mediums due to the presence of silver within the glass. The art is more expensive than normal glass blowing, and due to the properties of silver in its molten state, Lustre art works can never be mass produced in factory furnaces.

Each piece of Lustre art glass needs to be placed in the furnace for a limited period of time only before its texture and quality start to diminish rapidly. The art is both unstable as well as volatile, Radke being one of only a handful of American artists who continue to carry on the once forgotten tradition.
Carl Radke’s pieces are considered to be highly collectable, and Carl continues to work out of his home after closing his studio in Harmony, California in 2006 after serving the public for 20 years.

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