American Studio Glass

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The American Studio Glass Movement, which began in the early 1960s, is a new phase in the long history of glass as an artistic medium. For the first time in more than 3500 years, technology has allowed artists to make glass alone and unaided, without the necessity of a factory environment. Prior to the 1960s, glass was made mostly in large scale industrial settings.

American studio glass differs from factory glass in that the individual artist completes all aspects of the creation of a piece, from design through signature. These studio artists generally "batch" their own glass, using sand (silica), ash and metallic oxides to create their raw material. The quantity of work they produce is extremely limited. Most studio glass artists will make fewer pieces in their lifetime than factories like Steuben, Baccarat or Waterford will make in one day. Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino are generally recognized as the "fathers" of the American Studio Glass Movement, paving the way for glass artists like Jose Chardiet, Jon Kuhn, Mark Peiser, John Nygren, Christopher Ries, Peter Vanderlaan, Shane Fero and many others.

Their work upholds the traditions established in the early 1960s and continues to represent the United States well in the field of studio glass. It is a pleasure to be able to showcase here a small fraction of their creative talent.

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