Even with the availability of
common glassware, hand blown or lampworked glassware remains
popular for its artistry. Some artists in glass include Lino
Tagliapietra, Sidney Waugh, Rene Lalique, Dale Chihuly, Daum
Nancy, Galle, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, who were responsible
for extraordinary glass objects. The term "crystal glass",
derived from rock crystal, has come to denote high-grade colorless
glass, often containing lead, and is sometimes applied to any
fine hand-blown glass.
There are many techniques for
creating fine glass art; each is suitable for certain kinds of
object and unsuitable for others. Someone who works with hot
glass is called a glassblower or lampworker, and these techniques
are how most fine glassware is created. Glass can also be cut
with a diamond saw, and polished to give gleaming facets.
Objects made out of glass include
vessels (bowls, vases, and other containers), paperweights, marbles,
beads, smoking pipes, bongs, and sculptures. Colored glass is
often used, and sometimes the glass is painted, although many
glassblowers consider this crude. A significant exception is
the collection of pieces by the Blaschkas.
Check out all of our antique
glass pieces by choosing a menu item on the left.